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November 28, 2013

UK: Action research scheme for ELT teachers

english-uk-teachers-conference.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News recently reported on a pioneering new scheme in the UK that will provide support for English language teachers to carry out research into classroom practice.

English UK, which represents over 470 English language teaching schools and centres, has joined forces with Cambridge English Language Assessment to create professional development opportunities for staff at its member centres.

The Action Research Award Scheme was formally launched at English UK’s Teachers’ Conference in London earlier this month. Participants will be supported in chosen research projects, receive expenses to attend special workshops and will present findings at next year’s Teachers’ Conference. They will also have their papers published in Cambridge English’s Research Notes.

Individuals or pairs of teachers who are interested in participating must apply by January 6, after which six will be chosen to receive support including guidance on how to collect and analyse data.

Huan Japes, English UK’s Deputy Chief Executive for professional services, said: “We’re really excited about this. We’re looking for teachers who want to investigate something they are really passionate about, connected with teaching or learning, and which will help develop their learners – and perhaps inspire development in others.”

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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