Day 1 – Session 2C – Continuous Professional Development for ELT Managers

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Session 2 – Professional Development and Teacher Empowerment

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Lifelong Learning and Continuous Professional Development for ELT Managers

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Drawing on the work that has been done in other Australian education sectors and the wider TESOL sector globally, this session will explore the professional practices and leadership requirements of ELT academic managers. Through this, the workshop aims to assist new and experienced academic managers in identifying their strengths as leaders and the areas where they perceive they need to develop further. This will assist them to develop a learning plan appropriate for their specific context and personal leadership goals.

Presenter: Sharon Leslie

Sharon Leslie is the Director of English Language Program at Southern Cross University, Australia. She has worked for almost two decades in English language education and assessment in Australia. Before joining Southern Cross University in 2015, Sharon worked as an advisory visiting teacher for Education Queensland and as a teacher and manager in TAFE and ELICOS Colleges. Sharon also worked for eight years with QUT as an IELTS Examiner. She holds a Master of Education (TESOL), a Bachelor of Education (Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics).

Sharon’s research interests include language assessment, international student engagement, online learning and teacher professional development. The latter is the focus of her doctoral studies. Sharon is on the management committee of the Queensland Association of TESOL (Qatesol) and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA). Sharon is now also a member of the NEAS Advisory Council.