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Links CPD survey: teachers go online but still need face-to-face contact

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Online resources are increasingly valued by language teachers, but they still value face-to-face sessions for their continuing professional development. A survey of Head Teachers and Heads of Language Departments, carried out by the Links into Languages programme, shows that face-to-face continuing professional development remains important for language teachers, and that they increasingly use online resources to share ideas on methodology, pedagogical approaches and resources that work well in the classroom. In the same survey, language educators also registered a keen interest in gaining accreditation for their CPD, and welcomed opportunities to gain credits towards a Masters qualification.

Speaking at the survey launch event held at the CBI Conference Centre, Mike Kelly, Director of Links into Languages said, ‘We are disappointed that the government is withdrawing funding for the Links programme at the end of March 2011, at a time when CPD needs have never been greater. We respect the government’s desire to give greater autonomy to schools in deciding their own CPD needs. Many teachers have benefitted from the opportunities offered by Links, and we hope that schools will be able to find high quality alternatives. We hope that the intelligence and expertise gained from the Links into Languages programme will feed into future provision’.