15 ways I’ve developed as a teacher this year

I’ve had a really busy year. I’ve taught in four different countries since January. They’ve included a quick winter camp in Spain (which was great fun), a short stint back in England, an amazing summer in Vietnam and now Christmas in Bangkok! You can’t beat the life of an EFL teacher!

I’ve certainly learnt a lot this year. Here are a few things I’ve done that have improved me in some way as a teacher. I hope they give you some ideas for professional development. Some of these were motivated by this great post from ELT Experiences, I recommend looking at it for more inspiration!

1) Delivering a training session

Back in April I gave my first INSET session to colleagues. I focused on integrating phonology into lessons. It was a bit loose and a slightly ambitious session, but I think most people took something away from it. Standing up in front of other teachers was a difficult thing for me to do – I much prefer writing stuff down and sharing it here instead! Still, I’m getting more confident on that front!

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