Reflections on T-Plus Event
As TLDU members, we joined the 9th T-PLUS (Trainers’ professional learning and unlimited sharing) event hosted by Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus. T-PLUS was set up in 2012 with the mission of contributing to the development of teacher education and in-service professional learning within university sector language programs through collaboration and open exchange of practice. This year’s event aimed to bring the curriculum and teacher training specialists together with the theme “The Inseparable Duo in Success: Curriculum & Teacher Training”.
There was a plenary session entitled “Teacher expertise: Knowledge and practise. What we need to know and what we need to do.” It was given by Tony Prince, the academic director at the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)-where he is responsible for training related to English in higher education. This plenary session was followed by concurrent sessions and a closing panel. All these gave us the opportunity to meet professionals in our sector and get to know what the practices in other institutions are, which enabled us to reflect on our own practices.
It was also nice to catch up with Melek, our former colleague from Ozyegin University.