Online ELT Professional Development opportunities

With the summer approaching, most teachers are dreaming of a rest. However, others may be interested in ways of developing themselves. This might be to help them get a new job or a promotion, or just to feel more confident in a certain area of teaching. I’ve found a host of options, all of which can be done online, and are either free or reasonably priced. I hope they’re useful and if you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment.

1. Google Educator training
Get certified as a Google educator to show off your skills in using technology in the classroom. The courses aren’t very difficult and cost from $10 – probably useful if you’re applying for a new position and want to highlight your EdTech credentials.  Edutrainingcenter

2. Apply for the Apple Distinguished Educator programme (applications are not currently open for Turkey but you can sign up here to be informed when they are)
Apple Distinguished Educator

3. There are hundreds of free courses available online at Futurelearn

These courses may be of particular interest to English teachers:
Teaching Literacy Through Film (starts on the 23rd of May)
Differentiating For Learning (starts on the 20th of June)
English Language Teaching
Understanding Language

4. Hundreds more free courses: Coursera
Ways of teaching reading: Learn ESL Reading

5. British Council free course: It’s MALL and it’s powerful
Develop learning activities using mobile devices and apps and understand how to integrate them into your teaching.
To take part, sign up here: British Council Teacher Training
Then go to Home > Courses > Sample units

6. British Council workshops -the topics are process writing, grammar, learning styles and becoming a reflective practitioner, and each section costs £6 each
Teacher Development Workshops

7. – Get lesson ideas and learn something new at the same time

8. Sign up to Cambridge English Teacher for online courses, webinars and teaching tasks

9. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming): Background information:

There are many NLP courses available but I’m afraid I couldn’t work out which were legit or not. We had some NLP training at work a few years ago and although I was initially sceptical, I actually found the sessions very rewarding and it’s something I’d be interested in developing further.



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