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.

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