In this webinar you will explore different approaches to professional development plans for your work as a teacher and the options and resources available. The final objective is to empower you to take control of your own professional development with a renewed focus.

Speakers: Gary Motteram (UK), María José Galleno (Uruguay)

Featured teacher: Fatima Taha (Egypt)

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Gary Motteram is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester. He designed and led the pioneering MA in Educational Technology and TESOL which was first established in the 1990s and which employed early online and blended learning methods. He conducts research in language teaching and technology, and on teacher education and technology. He managed the Manchester led consortium for the eChina-UK project, the EU funded AVALON project and undertook research with Cambridge University Press exploring teachers' uses of technology across the world. He has recently completed a project on teacher professional development through practitioner research in Cote d’Ivoire and has been exploring the ways technology has been employed to support refugees and asylum seekers in their online language classes during the pandemic.


María José has been teaching English since 2003, is currently the Educational Technologist at St Brendan’s School and she is a British Council online moderator. She is very much interested in the application of technology in the classroom with a meaningful purpose and in the application of real professional development in teachers.  She holds an MA in Digital Technology and Communication and Education from the University of Manchester and another MA in TESOL Teacher Education from the same university.

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Fatima Taha is a CELTA holder. She is the founder of the online platform "IELTS & More". She also teaches at Al-Azhar English training centre. She has been working in the field of EFL since 2009 as a teacher and teacher trainer. Fatima is both a British Council and IATEFL blogger. She has published a number of articles in ELT magazines such as MET. She has presented in a number of international ELT conferences. She is interested in experimental practices and online teaching.