Jody Hoekstra: Teaching for Success: Planning your professional development

Presentation focus

As the world’s English experts, there’ll be no surprise that we’re passionate about the English language. And we’re passionate about people who teach English. Through our courses, expert advice, teaching materials and support networks, the British Council is here to help you become a more effective English teacher. So whether you're new to English language teaching, or you're taking the next steps in your career and development, we can provide you with valuable help and opportunities. During this presentation we will tell you more about our focus on teacher resources and the British Council’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework; our approach to help teachers to understand and plan their own professional development with a bit of our help along the way.

Why have you have chosen this topic for your presentation?

As British Council we launched our new Teaching for Success approach last year and are keen to inform English-language teachers of the possibilities we can offer them to work on their own professional development, which is an interesting and relevant topic in both Belgium and the Netherlands at the moment.

What do you want participants to take away from your presentation?

We want to make participants aware of the work that we do as British Council within the field of English-language teaching and professional development opportunities we can offer them.


Jody Hoekstra has been working as an Exams Coordinator for the British Council Amsterdam for almost 3 years. Before this, she worked as a policy advisor for the NRTO (the Dutch Council for Training and Education) where she was responsible for the portfolios of Higher Education, Languages, and Online Learning. In addition, she also has several years’ experience as an English teacher and has given workshops/courses on IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge English exams.