PALE SIG: Peer observation helping professional development

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Peter Russell, Visiting Faculty, Asia University


This paper sets out the author’s ideas of how peer observation can be a useful tool for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL), especially when teaching as part of a large faculty. He will demonstrate how observing other teachers’ classes can stimulate and improve the professional development of the observing instructors. He will argue that the simple act of observing other methods of teaching need not be in any way a challenge to the teachers’ positions but rather, a helpful and encouraging element in the career of the instructor.