VISAL SOU (CAMTESOL)

ELT TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CHANGES & OPPORTUNITIES IN CAMBODIA : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teachers’ continual professional development (CDP) plays critical roles in the delivery and assurance of quality in ELT education. Given the increasing needs of English language education globally, teachers are now pressured to keep themselves up-to-date to ensure that quality is maintained. That is, they need understand the difference students bring to the classroom, and how to cater to each individual interests, while at the same employ activities and techniques considered appropriate for the 21st century ELT. Advancement in technology makes such demand a possibility, yet comes with a price. This talk focuses on the challenges in ELT teachers’ CPD in Cambodia context, and how technologies has brought about solutions to such challenges. The talk will also cover some proven-effective practices to support CDP, including the establishment of CoP and EdCamp.

Visal SOU is the CamTESOL Conference Manager, and also a Campus Manger of ACE, IDP Education Cambodia. He has also been serving as a member of the Advisory Council for National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS), Australia. He received his MEd (Hon) from the University of Hong Kong in 2011, and his International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) from the University of Queensland late 2015. He has been engaging in the ELT career for more than 10 years and conducted a number of research studies in this field, which have been presented in many local and international conferences. His current research interest lies in in ELT management, continual teacher professional development, technology in education, and independent learning.