Episode 3

This is the third episode of Delivering Development, our podcast on continuing professional development for language teachers and administrators. You can listen to the episode below on the embedded player, and you can also listen and subscribe to this and future podcasts at the various locations shown at the bottom of the show notes.

We welcome comments and feedback, which can be left either here or at the various other locations where you can get our podcast. We also welcome information on specific CPD opportunities, such as online courses, webinars, conferences etc., and also suggestions for future topics.

Listen to “Delivering development” on Spreaker.

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Show notes

Introduction:

It is 23 July, 2019. Welcome to episode 3 of the Delivering Development podcast, helping language teachers and others in the field to enhance their professional development. My name is Kevin Westbrook, and with me today are Neil Bullock and Laura Styles.

Kevin introduced the first slot, looking at suggestions for how listeners could pursue their professional development during the summer break in the northern hemisphere. The others then contributed their ideas.

This was followed by the Tech Tips section. The links for the tips are below:

Kevin – information management

Feeder- https://feeder.co/reader and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=feeder.co and https://apps.apple.com/us/app/feeder-co-rss-feed-reader/id668210239

Neil – using Twitter, an example from aviation

@aviationsafety / @eurocontrol

Laura –  MOOCs

https://www.edx.org/micromastershttps://www.coursera.org/https://www.futurelearn.com/

After the tips, Neil introduced a discussion on ESP, using aviation English as an example

Pete’s publication was ’30 Language Teaching Methods’, which can be found here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scott-Thornburys-Language-Teaching-Methods/dp/110840846X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=36LIL8OJFO0CI&keywords=30+language+teaching+methods&qid=1565969213&s=gateway&sprefix=30+language%2Caps%2C126&sr=8-1

And here  is the link to EL Gazette, where Pete has a regular review column

www.elgazette.com

Our podcast is hosted on Spreaker. This is the link to the show page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delivering-development

Delivering Development is also available at the following locations:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5G5o9xLESa5hLPn4DBBIxB?si=HUngSxfxQLC3mXjGb46OfQ

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/delivering-development/id1466935749

iHeart Radio: awaiting link from provider

Google Podcasts (might not yet be accessible outside the USA and Canada): https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvMzU0NTM2OC9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk

Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/id2152936

Contact details for the participants on this podcast:

Neil Bullock:

http://linkedin.com/in/neil-bullock-919ba151

Laura Styles:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljstyles/

Pete Sharma and Kevin Westbrook:

http://www.psa.eu.com/about/ 

Music:

The intro and outro are by permission of Katrina Monis. You can find the album the music is from by this talented singer and musician here:

Sunny Day

Conclusion

This is a monthly podcast. You will be able to access it at the Pete Sharma Associates web site in the blog section. The address is www.psa.eu.comIt is also available from spreaker.com and the usual podcasting aggregators such as Apple and Google. Links will be in the show notes that you can find on the PSA web site. Thank you for listening to Delivering Development. Check out our web site if you want to know more, and join us next month, when we will be looking at self-reflection, skills matrices and seeing how the introduction by Neil to aviation English can be generalised to ESP of all kinds. 

Upcoming podcasts

In my previous post I mentioned an unexpected job doing training in Tunisia, about which I will write at a later date. I also wrote about this throwing my summer planning into confusion, and this naturally had a knock-on effect for the podcast. As a result, the publication of the end of July edition has been delayed, although I hope it will be out either today or tomorrow.

As a bonus for this month, however, there will be two podcasts released. It was always our intention to have shorter versions of the podcast to either talk about bite-sized chunks of information or as a special edition for various reasons. Having seen a post by Eric Baber from CUP ELT on LinkedIn, I asked him to do a short interview about CPD, which he has done and we recorded yesterday. So, we will be releasing both the regular and the short versions this month.

Connections

I was thinking recently that I need to get into the habit of looking for things to write about on this blog. Lo and behold, the first thing came up over the last few days.

But first, let’s step back a bit. Until recently, my wife and I worked, her full-time, me very part-time, at a local university. The head of our school, who wasn’t there for very long, became famous (at least between my wife and me) for referring to conference visits as “academic tourism”. We never understood this really. For us, conferences serve many purposes. They allow you to keep up with the latest thinking, meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, get new ideas and also to network. For freelancers, that last one is really important. It is extremely hard to get to decision-makers in organisations you might want to work for, and many jobs are not publicised well. I have picked up various bits of work as the result of contacts made via conferences and online. My wife has had career-changing opportunities resulting from her determination to attend the important conferences in her field. You also need to be able to walk the walk of course, so professional development and a good CV are vital.

Why am I writing this? Oh yes, good question! I had my summer more planned out than I have ever had this year. Our holiday was organised more than two weeks before we needed to leave (best part of two months before in fact), I had some work organised in advance (very unusual for my Augusts) and I had plans for doing some admin and marketing activities. Then, completely out of the blue I get a message from a contact of a contact: “Are you available in August for teacher-training in Tunisia?”. Er, yes, I think so. That was last Friday. Today is Monday and it looks like I will be on the plane on Saturday!

I will doubtless post about the experience once it is over, but the point is, both freelancers and employees need to cultivate a professional network. While this can be done online, face-to-face can be very productive. Decide what the best conference would be for you to attend regularly, and attend it regularly. Try and present at that conference. Carve out a niche so that people come to you when they are thinking about that area of their business. Freelancers may get work out of it: they may even get full-time employment. Employees may be able to escape full-time employment or transfer to a better job.

The person who I have to thank for this gig is Tim Thompson. My wife met him in Vladivostok and they have been able to introduce each other to opportunities to be a plenary speaker at various conferences. He writes a very interesting blog that you can find at https://www.timthompsonelt.com/tims-blog

 

Podcasts coming up

We are in the planning stages for our next podcast, which should be out at the end of this month with ideas for your CPD over the summer (in the northern hemisphere at least!). We also have a special, shorter edition in the pipeline featuring Eric Baber. Eric is Teacher Training and Development Director, Cambridge University Press ELT and I am looking forward to hearing his thoughts on CPD in our industry.

Episode 2

This is the second episode of Delivering Development, our podcast on continuing professional development for language teachers and administrators. You can listen to the episode below on the embedded player, and you can also listen and subscribe to this and future podcasts at the various locations shown at the bottom of the show notes.

We welcome comments and feedback, which can be left either here or at the various other locations where you can get our podcast. We also welcome information on specific CPD opportunities, such as online courses, webinars, conferences etc., and also suggestions for future topics.

Listen to “Episode 2” on Spreaker.

Show notes

Note

As you may know, this podcast is recorded with 4 people in different locations. Sometimes this might mean the audio quality is not as high as we would like, but we feel it is important to provide the spontaneous experience that we aim for. We hope you will have some understanding for those sections where the audio quality is reduced.

Introduction:

It is 21 June, 2019. Welcome to episode 2 of the Delivering Development podcast, helping language teachers and others in the field to enhance their professional development. My name is Kevin Westbrook, and with me today are Neil Bullock, Laura Styles and Pete Sharma.

Kevin introduced the first slot, speaking about his views of what constitutes professional development and his attitude to it. There was then a discussion involving everybody.

This was followed by the Tech Tips section. The links for the tips are below:

Kevin – information management

Tabbles – https://tabbles.net/videos/ 

Pete – reviewing vocabulary with apps

Oxford English Vocabulary training – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtAgLK18SH4 

Quizlet – https://quizlet.com/ 

A complete version of Pete’s practical idea ‘Reviewing vocabulary with apps’ can be found in ‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’ pp 161-163 

Neil – using YouTube, an example from aviation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNmXe2HH_w&list=UUuedf_fJVrOppky5gl3U6QQ&index=8&t=0s

Laura –  participating in forums

https://www.eslbase.com/forum/

After the tips, Neil introduced a discussion on needs analyses, why they are important and practical issues. This is a link to a description of the 12 principles he mentioned:

http://everablog.blogspot.com/2009/09/12-principles-of-tefl-brown-2002.html

And this is the full reference of the book they come from:

Brown, H. D. (2002). “English language teaching in the “post-method” era: Toward better diagnosis, treatment, and assessment”, in J.C. Richards and W. A. Renandya, Methodology in Language Teaching: An Anthology of Current Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 9-18.

Pete’s publication was ‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’, which can be found here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Z-ELT-Paperback/dp/1786327880

Here is a link to an independent review of the book:

http://www.fortell.org/content/best-practices-blended-learning 

… and some free materials related to the book:

https://www.etprofessional.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning 

And here  is the link to EL Gazette, where Pete has a regular review column

www.elgazette.com

Our podcast is hosted on Spreaker. This is the link to the show page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delivering-development

Delivering Development is also available at the following locations:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5G5o9xLESa5hLPn4DBBIxB?si=HUngSxfxQLC3mXjGb46OfQ

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/delivering-development/id1466935749

iHeart Radio: awaiting link from provider

Google Podcasts (might not yet be accessible outside the USA and Canada): https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvMzU0NTM2OC9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk

Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/id2152936

Contact details for the participants on this podcast:

Neil Bullock:

http://linkedin.com/in/neil-bullock-919ba151

Laura Styles:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljstyles/

Pete Sharma and Kevin Westbrook:

http://www.psa.eu.com/about/

Conclusion

This is a monthly podcast. You will be able to access it at the Pete Sharma Associates web site in the blog section. The address is www.psa.eu.comIt is also available from spreaker.com and the usual podcasting aggregators such as Apple and Google. Links will be in the show notes that you can find on the PSA web site. Thank you for listening to Delivering Development. Check out our web site if you want to know more, and join us next month, when we will be looking at suggestions for CPD for the summer and the story of aviation English and how it applies to ESP in general. 

What is professional development?

Something that has been a constant area of interest for me over more than a decade has been the subject of professional development. In particular, how can we make it both effective and financially useful. I would be interested in other people’s views on what CPD actually looks like. I find it helpful to think of acknowledged professions, such as doctors, lawyers, pilots, etc. What kind of approach would I expect from these people to CPD? How planned should it be? To what extent is simply the receipt of information sufficient? What would I expect the source of the development to be?

I strongly believe that as an industry we need to be more professional in this area, and I would welcome any comments from teachers and administrators involved in language teaching.

Episode 1

This is the very first episode of Delivering Development, our podcast on continuing professional development for language teachers and administrators. You can listen to the episode below on the embedded player, and you can also listen and subscribe to this and future podcasts at the various locations shown at the bottom of the show notes.

We welcome comments and feedback, which can be left either here or at the various other locations where you can get our podcast. We also welcome information on specific CPD opportunities, such as the MOOC mentioned above, and also suggestions for future topics.

Listen to “Episode 1” on Spreaker.

Show notes

Last-minute news:

Just after recording, we heard of a MOOC being run by the British Council. It is on the subject of language assessment in the classroom and it is free. It started on 3 June 2019, but it is not too late to start. You can register for it here:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/language-assessment

Introduction:

Welcome to the first edition of the Delivering Development podcast. It is 31 May, 2019 and this will be a relatively short edition where we talk a little about the concept of the podcast, what our goals are and what you can expect each month. The “we” in that sentence are Pete Sharma, Laura Styles, Neil Bullock, and I am Kevin Westbrook. They will be introducing themselves shortly.

Kevin spoke about an article he was involved in about CPD and professionalising the EFL industry. The link to the Guardian article is here:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/nov/08/business-english-lacks-professionalism

Kevin also spoke about a blog post he had read the night before recording the podcast. It is titled: “Is being a great teacher actually impossible?” and the link is here:

https://medium.com/@_gelbart/is-being-a-great-teacher-actually-impossible-745999449a46

This is the link to Pete’s publication

https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Z-ELT-Paperback/dp/1786327880

And here  is the link to EL Gazette, where Pete has a regular review column

www.elgazette.com

Our podcast is hosted on Spreaker. This is the link to the show page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delivering-development

Delivering Development is also available at the following locations:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5G5o9xLESa5hLPn4DBBIxB?si=HUngSxfxQLC3mXjGb46OfQ

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/delivering-development/id1466935749

iHeart Radio: awaiting link from provider

Google Podcasts (might not yet be accessible outside the USA and Canada): https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvMzU0NTM2OC9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVk

Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/id2152936

Contact details for the participants on this podcast:

Neil Bullock:

http://linkedin.com/in/neil-bullock-919ba151

Laura Styles:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljstyles/

Pete Sharma and Kevin Westbrook:

http://www.psa.eu.com/about/

Conclusion

This will be a monthly podcast. You will be able to access it at the Pete Sharma Associates web site in the blog section. The address is www.psa.eu.com. It is also available from spreaker.com and the usual podcasting aggregators such as iTunes. Links will be in the show notes that you can find on the PSA web site. Thank you to Laura, Neil and Pete for their contributions today. Thank you for listening to Delivering Development. Check out our web site if you want to know more, and join us next month, when we will be looking at what constitutes development and needs analyses.

New podcast

Arrangements are well underway for the publication of our first podcast. This will be in conjunction with the wonderful people on our advisory panel and will have the general theme of professional development. Watch this space for news of how to access the podcast!

NATE 2019 review

Well, this is the first working day after NATE, and I am looking back at the week in St. Petersburg. Apart from the logistical nightmare that involved last-minute visa applications, an adventure holiday for two children and their two friends, travel and accommodation for the trip to Russia and travelling around 4 hours in each direction to the children’s holiday location, it was quite amazing! Everything went so smoothly, it was a little surreal.

My wife has visited the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia conference for the last 6 years I think, so I have heard lots about it and about the people there. It was everything I expected: a range of talks and workshops and some really nice people in a very nice city. What particularly impressed me though was the way that the leaders of NATE clearly view their job as one of a professional association and are thinking about how they can promote their profession to all stakeholders. I don’t always find this to be the case in other associations.

All in all, a very positive experience. Had some great food, the weather was beautiful and I met some wonderful people who I hope to get the opportunity to meet again soon.