Supporting Teacher Development

We support teacher development both in Korea, and around the world. Whatever your teaching background, experience, or nationality, we can help you continue to develop your teaching skills, enhance your career prospects, or even open doors to new careers. 

With us you can earn an internationally recognised teaching qualification, improve your professional and personal use of English, find articles and information on teaching methodology and techniques, and share your ideas with other teachers.

Conferences and Research

In Korea, we highlight educational issues by inviting teaching experts to major conferences and symposia in Korea. In 2012, Dr Rebecca Hughes gave a plenary speech about Speaking at KATE conference, and we have also had Lindsay Clandfield to talk on ‘Sustainable Teacher Development’ on Asia ELT twitter.

English language teaching policy

The continuing professional development experiences and needs of English language teachers in China, Japan and Korea

This landscape report on the digital CPD needs of teachers of English in basic education in China, Japan and South Korea is the result of comprehensive research that took place in 2021 and 2022. Using questionnaires and interviews, over 7,000 teachers working at primary and secondary levels across China, Japan and South Korea gave information about their professional development experiences and preferences for future PD. The resultant findings and recommendations contained in this report will therefore be invaluable reading for policy makers, providers of teacher education and other stakeholders involved in the professional development of state sector English teachers. 

Highlights of recommendations for English teacher professional development in China

  • Practical, realistic materials and activities: PD activities should be practical in orientation, including useful and even directly useable materials, recognising current realities in varied contexts across China.
  • Supporting understandings of theory and support for current textbooks: Teachers express a strong need for support in deeper understanding of teaching theories and linking theories to classroom practice, and also a need for materials that support and link to their current curricula and textbook content.

Highlights of recommendations for English teacher professional development in Japan

  • Initiatives aiming to develop English proficiency, potentially alongside building content understanding, are likely to be useful and popular. PD themes and offerings are likely to be most attractive to teachers if they have immediate practical relevance or utility in the classroom and are tailored to Japanese contexts.
  • There is a clear need for more teacher-driven PD and increasing interest in free, live and interactive sessions for online PD. International PD providers may benefit from partnering with local organisations and authorities, in order to cater effectively for Japanese teachers’ needs.

Highlights of recommendations for English teacher professional development in South Korea

A focus on developing learners’ language skills and teachers’ own English for teaching in future PD provision would be impactful. PD resources and initiatives should have practical relevance and classroom utility to appeal to teachers’ self-identified needs.

There are a range of opportunities in online PD, particularly through live, interactive sessions offering free, practical resources. There is also a felt need among teachers for more systematic and clearer communication of events and opportunities from authorities and PD providers.

Report citation: Borg, S., Anderson, J., Beaumont, B., Xie, K., Guo, Y., Thorburn, R., Choi, T., Kim, H. J., Aizawa, I., & Fujinaga, K. (2022). The continuing professional development experiences and needs of English language teachers (Countries: China, Japan and Korea). London, UK: British Council.

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Building Capacity

Since 2008, we have trained more than 300 teachers through our Intensive Teacher Training Programme in partnership with the Seoul National University of Education. This course offers teaching methodology, practical advice on classroom techniques and teaching practice sessions with face-to-face tutor feedback. 

We have been conducting the Cambridge In-service Certificate In English Language Teaching (Cambridge ICELT) since 2005. This qualification has gained an enviable reputation amongst Korean teachers for the high quality of the course material and training. More than 250 teachers have completed this course which is funded by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. 

We are continuing to develop a suite of online teacher training courses aimed at primary and secondary school English teachers in partnership with EBS, Korea’s largest educational broadcaster.

We are currently working with the Ministry Of Education, Science And Technology (MEST) and Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) to deliver training programmes to vocational high school teachers.

Hornby Trust

Our regional workshops provide teachers with the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills in key areas such as leadership, English-medium education, communication technologies, human rights, drama and intercultural dialogue in the language classroom.