The Developing Teacher

Practical activities for professional development

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Key features

The Developing Teacher has been awarded the 2009 Duke of Edinburgh/ESU Award for Best Entry for Teachers.

The Developing Teacher suggests that teachers themselves are the most powerful agents of change and development in their own professional career.

The Developing Teacher is ideal for teachers who wish to take control of their own development, for those people in positions of responsibility for teacher development, and for complementing courses in language teacher education.

The Developing Teacher contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:


  • An examination of different aspects and issues in teacher development.
  • A discussion of how teachers learn and what prevents teachers from learning.
  • A survey of the literature on language teacher development, helpful for those studying MA or Diploma courses on the subject.


  • A bank of activities organised into five circles of expanding development, embracing all aspects of the language teacher’s life.
  • Activities that take little time, often adding ‘a developmental twist’ to regular classroom practice
  • Procedures that follow a step-by-step outline, making them easy to understand at a glance – perfect for the busy teacher.


  • A view of further teacher development, promoting reflective practice.
  • Longer-term projects – diary, portfolio and teacher development programme.
  • Step-by-step guides to each project, enabling and empowering teachers to commit to their continuing development.



The Developing Teacher should be a standard book for all ELT teachers, irrespective of what stage they are at in their careers or development.

ESU 2009 Judges


The Developing Teacher fills a niche that is greatly needed in the world of ELT. Basically, this book is a collection of practical activities aimed at teachers who want to develop professionally. While most books of activities are intended for teachers to use with their students, the activities here are for a teacher’s own professional development, both individually and with others.

Hall Houston

English Teaching professional, PDF

...there is something here for everybody interested in improving the way that we teach and our learners learn.

Roger Barnard

Modern English Teacher, Volume 19 No. 2, April 2010 PDF

...The Developing Teacher fills a gap in the market of ELT books and addresses an audience of dedicated teachers who want to make a difference in their classes. Its practical ideas, perfect balance of theory and practice, well-organised structure, resourceful activities and gradually increasing degree of challenge make it a must have for all teachers eager to improve.

Amalia Grapa

TESOL-SPAIN Newsletter Vol. 34/2, Autumn 2010 PDF

Informatively introduced, and satisfyingly structured, this is a resource book for use in teacher development.

Teacher Trainer Journal Vol 24 No 2, July 2010 PDF

Component ISBNs

Book 978-1-905085-22-4

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