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 16. Pursuing Professional Development


Course Description

Welcome to the Cengage Learning ELT Advantage course Pursuing Professional Development by Dr. Andy Curtis. This course will discuss what professional development is and why it is important for you to engage in professional development throughout your teaching career.

Giving practical advice and concrete examples, Pursuing Professional Development will show how even very busy teachers can engage in professional development. You will leave this course with ideas of how to use professional development practices in your daily life. 

Also, students who successfully complete this course will receive a TESOL Certificate of Completion.

Instructor: Andy Curtis

Dr. Andy Curtis is the Director of the School of English at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is also an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s and he maintains links with the School for International Training in Vermont, USA.

Andy has published textbooks in the field of professional development and has written the professional development component of World Link and World Pass, two of Cengage Learning’s newest English series. He travels around the world giving workshops on professional development practices.


Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).


A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work, including the final exam.     


Week 1

Wednesday – Lesson 01
What is Professional Development?

Friday – Lesson 02
Why Not Engage in Professional Development?

Week 2

Wednesday – Lesson 03
Why is Professional Development Important?

Friday – Lesson 04
Keeping a Journal

Week 3 

Wednesday – Lesson 05
Video Taping

Friday – Lesson 06
Peer Observation

Week 4

Wednesday – Lesson 07
Team Teaching

Friday – Lesson 08

Week 5

Wednesday – Lesson 09
Peer Coaching

Friday – Lesson 10
Action Research

Week 6

Wednesday – Lesson 11
Teaching Portfolios

Friday – Lesson 12
Finding the Best Fit

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