NEAS Management Conference 2022 Theme: Going Glocal
Embracing ELT Communities of Practice
“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger, E, 1998).
Communities of Practice are a valuable source of collaborative professional development as they offer English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals a supportive environment to share knowledge and build better practices. They provide a rich resource of knowledge, experience and expertise in order to achieve common goals, solve common problems and learn from one another to advance and grow. Managers, teachers, researchers, administrators, education agents, service providers and students all benefit from belonging to these communities and as a result the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Work in the future will require skills that are cross-platform, freelance and flexible, local and global (Boudreau, 2016). Global communities of practice will enhance this.
Glocalisation is the combination of the words ‘globalisation’ and ‘localisation’. It is a term that is used to describe a type of business that has been seeing more and more growth: a type of business that is distributed globally, but adjusted to meet local needs as well.
NEAS would like to hear from business owners, managers, Directors of Studies, teachers, education agents, service providers and students who have engaged with communities of practice to enhance their understanding and experience of Glocalisation. We would like to know:
- What does glocalisation mean to you? How have you experienced this in your workplace or classrooms?
- What communities of practice have you engaged with in the last twelve months and how has this enhanced your practice?
- What can NEAS do to further promote independent, industry-led, specialist Quality Assurance in English Language Teaching and ‘Go Glocal’?