Faculty of Humanities Presents A Public Lecture on Teacher Professional Development: The Essence of Effective Programs

Faculty of Humanities held a public lecture on Teacher Professional Development: The Essence of Effective Programs with the speaker Professor Lesley Harbon (University Technology Sydney, Australia) at Auditorium Building 1, 19 August 2019 from 13.00 – 15.00. This lecture was moderated by Hilda Sutandyo (the manager of foreign language service program of the International Language Institute Faculty of Humanities UI) and was attended by teachers, students, and practitioners.

In this lecture, examples of four teacher professional development programs were drawn upon in order to outline key aspects which were considered to be at the basis of the design of effective programs and which were said to deliver intended outcomes. The importance of context was highlighted, as a one-size-fits-all design of teacher professional development program may not suit different teaching contexts found in Asia and the world.

Professor Lesley Harbon delivered her presentation about good teaching, teacher professional development, a journey through the eras of different professional developments, and key factors impacting professional developments. The audience were encouraged to share their own experience and summary statements about teaching. The last session was followed by giving token of appreciation to the speaker and taking a photo together with the audience.

About the Speaker

Professor Lesley Harbon has been involved in language education in Australian schools and universities since the early 1970s. She learned Indonesian during her high school years, and then studied German alongside Indonesian at the University of Sydney in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During the 1990s she taught Indonesian language for university students. She then became a Lecturer in Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Education at the University of Tasmania, in which she finished her PhD in 2001. Lesley Harbon was the President of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations (AFMLTA).

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