Establishing a Professional Development Program: Problems, Implementation, and Take-Aways

Speaker:Alexander Walsh,Gary Husler| Location:Room 17| Date:August 12, 2016| Time:11:25 - 11:55 am


Continual Professional Development (CPD): so often talked about, yet so often over-looked. As professional educators, we all know the importance of CPD. It is talked about in every training program. It is presented on at every conference. And every time, we feel that little bit of guilt as we know we could be doing more.

In this presentation, the presenters will share how their institution has gone about tackling the issue of CPD. They will examine how they developed a Professional Development Program (PDP) that allowed the lecturers to take ownership of their CDP, while also providing structured input and institutional support. Discussed from the view point of both the Head of English Program and a lecturer on the English Program, this presentation offers a unique opportunity to hear from both sides of the staff room.

The presenters will begin by evaluating the importance of top down support for CPD. They will then share the problems they faced in creating a PDP. Many of the problems they encountered (time, diversity of staff, experience and qualifications, lack of financial support, and staff motivation) are felt industry wide, and so the presentation will move on to sharing how these problems were overcome. They will then explore the program that was put in place before examining lingering problems. Finally, the presenters will offer take-away suggestions for anyone looking to develop or be part of an organised Professional Development Program within their own organisation.


(442) Alexander WalshAlex Walsh is a lecturer at INTI International University, Malaysia. Alex holds an MA TESOL with a focus on Teacher Development and English as a Lingua Franca. He has been actively involved in the field of English Language Teaching for 7 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and testing examiner.

(442) Gary HuslerGary Husler has been living and teaching in Malaysia for nearly 10 years where he has been involved in a wide range of English language teaching activities from teaching at the British Council to running professional development programs for the Malaysian Ministry of Education.  He is currently the Head of Program for INTI International University’s English Program and has a wide range of academic interests including corpus studies, critical perspectives on ELT, and blended learning.


Category: Day 2 | August 12, 2016, Presenter Schedule