Manage your own professional development
Develop your teaching skills and career with the help of Cambridge Teacher Development. You can get a better understand of what you need to focus on, as well as get access to courses and resources to help you on your professional development journey.
Find out the range of skills and competencies that a professional teacher needs to acquire and develop to become an expert teacher. Check the Cambridge English Teaching Framework to see the different skills areas and stages of professional development. This Framework has been developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, after extensive research into what skills a good teacher needs to demonstrate in their teaching.
Find out where you are in your professional development. Where are your skills strong, and where do you need to focus your development activity. Take the Self Assessment on the Cambridge English Teacher Development Tracker. Then you can decide on your priorities for professional development.
Cambridge can help you with a wide range of online courses, an online resource library, a great range of well-known books on important areas of language teaching and learning.
You can also prove your language teaching credentials through one of the many teaching qualifications from Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Types of support from Cambridge
Cambridge provides a wide range of resources, materials and services to help you develop your professional skills.
1. Online courses
A choice of nearly thirty online courses - from introductory modules for a couple of hours, to in-depth courses taking about 20-25 hours of engagement.
These courses are convenient - do them any time, any place and in bite-sized chunks of work.
They are interactive - with various tasks and activities for you to check your understanding and development.
You can check your progress on each course, as a progress checker is built into the Cambridge Learning Management System where these courses are available.
For more info on online courses, go to this page.
2. Online Resource Library
This is an online library of nearly a thousand teacher development resources - videos, webinar recordings, articles and teaching tasks. This is also available on the Cambridge Learning Management System.
For more info on the Online Resource Library, go to this page.
Cambridge publish the widest range of internationally-recognised ELT teacher development books in the world - regularly winning awards for its innovative and teacher-friendly approach.
4. Teacher development events
We run many events around the world to support professional development among teachers. These range from one-day events (Cambridge Days), to online webinars, to full-blown conferences.
Listen to leading thinkers talking about teacher development
Penny Ur talks about her teaching experiences and how she developed her 100 Teaching Tips book.
Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips interview Part 1
Scott Thornbury talks about his experience with teacher development and how this shaped the Cambridge Handbook series, which he edits.
Scott Thornbury and the Cambridge Handbook series
General issues and overview of language teaching
The Cambridge Guide to Pedagogy and Practice in Second Language Teaching. by Anne Burns and Jack Richards
Develop your professional skills
Give better presentations
Dynamic Presentations by Mark Powell
Video on presentations, by Mark Powell
For help with making the transition from teacher to manager:
From Teacher to Manager, by Ron White et al
Cambridge English provide the most widely recognised English language teaching qualifications in the world, trusted by employers and governments everywhere.
•Teaching Knowledge Test: Flexible modular qualification assessed through paper-based tests.
•Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults: practical qualification with written assignments and assessed teaching practice
CELT-P and CELT-S
•Certificate in English Language Teaching for Primary/Secondary: Qualifications for Primary and Secondary school English teachers, based around an online course with teaching practice.
•Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults: an advanced qualification, with practical and written assessments.
For more information on these and other Cambridge English teaching qualifications, go to this page: Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications
Preparing for Cambridge Teaching Qualifications
If you are preparing for any of these qualifications, we can offer a range of materials that will give you a distinct advantage in your preparations.
TKT Online Course
TKT Course - core modules 1, 2 and 3
TKT CLIL module
The CELTA Course by Scott Thornbury and Peter Watkins
Develop your knowledge and skills in assessing your students.
Assessment and technology
Assessing Language through Computer Technology by Carol A. Chappelle and Dan Douglas.
Sample chapter: assessing-language-through-computer-technology-hardback-sample-pages.pdf
Assessment and young learners
Assessing young language learners by Penny McKay
Sample chapter: assessing-young-language-learners-hardback-sample-pages.pdf