“Exploring Trainee and Trainer Beliefs and Practices“
Based on 2014 Harrogate TTEd PCE feedback, 2015 Manchester PCE aims to provide participants with an updated view of various issues in the field of teacher training. Our PCE theme is:-
“Exploring Trainee and Trainer Beliefs and Practices”
It is now well-established that ELT professionals’ beliefs influence both how they learn and how they behave and in teacher training and education contexts the beliefs of trainees and trainers will thus interact in defining the impact that the training has. In this interactive event we will investigate how beliefs impinge on teacher training and education and how attending to beliefs can enhance our work as teacher trainers and educators. In the first part of the day we will focus on trainees’ beliefs, on how they shape trainee learning, and on specific strategies trainers can use to understand trainees’ beliefs; in the second part of the day the focus will be on the beliefs that trainers have and how these influence their work. Throughout the day, the focus will be on critically reflective discussion and debate through which participants will be encouraged to make explicit and challenge their own beliefs about and practices in language teacher education. Discussion will be supported with input that draws on contemporary research and theory in the field of teacher education.
The facilitator will be Professor Simon Borg , who is well-known internationally for his work on language teachers’ beliefs- see
In addition to Simon’s sessions, a slot will be allocated to TTEd SIG Committee members in which the same issues will be looked into from different perspectives.
So if you are a pre- service or in-service teacher trainer; teacher of teachers responsible for implementing curricular reforms in your context; or an aspiring teacher willing to become a teacher trainer, we believe our PCE at Manchester will bring up much food for thought. We will be pleased to see you there.
All are welcome!
Birsen Tutunis IATEFL TTEd SIG Coordinator, email TTEdSIG@iatefl.org