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Summer/July 2015 - Vol 29 No 2
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Dear Everybody,
Welcome to the second issue of our 29th Volume available here if you subscribe online and also in a print edition by subscription too.

The questions which are explored in this issue are:
• How can teacher trainers prepare for a productive and supportive discussion with a teacher who has just been observed? (Page 2)
• How can the ‘public lesson’ format used for teacher observation in China be adapted to create teacher development learning opportunities for teachers? (Page 4)
• What’s new in our field of language teacher education? (Page 6)
• What are the signs that a teacher is motivated? And how can teacher education support intrinsic motivation in language teachers? (Page 7)
• What can we learn from people who train people in other fields? In particular what can we learn from those who work in hospices and train others in end of life care? (Page 9)
• Why do language teachers and digital technology sometimes not mix? And what can we do to make sure that newer technologies are introduced and integrated more skilfully? (Page 11)
• What happens when an experienced teacher attends a disappointing in-service training course? How does it spark a redesign idea? (Page 13)
• What do you do when you learn that you can’t one hundred percent trust the language exam questions and answers your language students have to deal with? (Page 18)
• How can we encourage teachers to add variety to the scoring systems used with language games played in class? (Well, first we have to get some variety ourselves!) (Page 20)
• Have there been any interesting articles or books published recently that might make useful reading for us teacher trainers, teacher educators and mentors? (Page 25 and 26)

I hope you enjoy reading the answers!
All good wishes
Tessa Woodward
The Editor

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Helen Strong, Germany
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Tessa Woodward's web events

If you would like to watch some webinars given by Tessa and relevant to teacher training, please try the following links:

Teachers as Writers: Writing Your Way to Professional Development
The Professional Life Cycles of Teachers

‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’
In this IATEFL webinar (available to view if you are a member of IATEFL at Tessa encouraged participants to consider what creativity involves, if it’s a good thing, and whether we are born creative or can learn to be more so. If we can learn to be even more creative than we already are, then what classic techniques can we employ and what can we apply them to?

British Council event November 29th 2014:
'Can continuing professional development change lives?'
This event for English language teaching professionals was streamed live from Delhi and London. Don't worry if you missed it, you can watch it again in full on the BC YouTube channel.

Opening plenary IATEFL conference
by Tessa Woodward

Tessa Woodward, the editor of The Teacher Trainer journal, gave the opening plenary at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, UK in April, 2010. The topic was "The professional life cycles of teachers". Below you can watch Part 1 of her plenary.

Part 2 (approx.  45 minutes) of Tessa's Opening Plenary is available on the IATEFL web site. Please follow this link to continue viewing.

Tessa was also the October 2009 guest writer for the BBC Teaching English web site. And the subject was all about being a teacher trainer! You can still see her articles on the 'Guest Writer' section:

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