Shaping Your Career Path: Self-Guided Professional Development in ELT

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Investing in continuing professional development (CPD) increases your job prospects, leads to raises and promotions, improves your teaching skills – which means happier and more successful students! – provides you with a support system of fellow educators, and helps motivate and inspire you throughout your EFL career. Despite the vast benefits of CPD, many teachers struggle to find professional development opportunities that are affordable and accessible and that meet their unique career needs. Join us to find out how you can overcome these challenges, where to find valuable CPD opportunities, and how to create a professional development plan that takes into account your personal teaching context and goals so that you can take charge of your teaching career!


Laura Wilkes
Laura Wilkes is the Director of Teacher Training and Engagement at EF Teach Online and the Co-Founder and Presenter of the TESOL Pop podcast. Laura has taught English and trained teachers for over 14 years in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, and online to thousands of educators worldwide. Her interests include utilizing technology and multimedia to create inclusive, engaging, and effective learning experiences for language students and teachers.
William Fish
William Fish is the Regional Development Manager for Pearson PTE Academic and is the Founder and President of the Washington International Education Council. He has taught in and directed Intensive English Programs in the United States and Portugal.
Vesela Koeva
Vesela Koeva is a certified EFL instructor at BridgeEnglish Chile who is passionate about cross-cultural communication and innovative methods in education and language teaching. For the past 3 years, she has been focused on teaching Business English to corporate professionals and executives around the world. She is also working full-time as a corporate teacher and evaluator at a multinational IT company. She received an MA in Translation and Editing in Bulgaria, and she studied for one semester at Charles University in Prague where she developed an interest in multilingualism and language management
Shelynn Riel
Shélynn Riel is Bridge's Expert Series Moderator and regularly contributes articles and ELT news reports to the BridgeUniverse blog. She has served as an English language instructor for over a decade, a program coordinator in both university and community-based programs, and an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. Her interests include holistic teacher development, learner identity, and decolonial ethics in the language classroom. She is the co-creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, which focuses on reflective practices for teachers around the world.

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