Professional learning for the international educator who…

learns through connections

Sees the value of Connectivism for professional learning. Connects with educators online and offline and uses technology as a platform or has a growth mindset towards learning with technology.

learns through self-initiated inquiry

Believes in inquiry-based learning and develops his/her own inquiry path based on classroom practice. Understands that professional learning should be self-directed.

values and gives feedback

Is supportive of other people’s learning and understands that knowledge and understanding is constructed collectively. Understands that feedback is important for learning

thrives on collaboration

Sees the bigger picture of what is needed in a school. Is open to collaboration and learning across divisions and disciplines.

sees the value of pedagogical documentation

Is or aspires to be active in reflective practice and sees the value of pedagogical documentation for learning.

has a growth mindset and understands the importance of new literacy practices for learning

Wants to experience connected learning to be better equipped to meet student needs of global and digital literacy. 

What other international educators are saying…

It has made me more conscious of how I am engaging my EAL learners and the experiences I am providing. The professional readings have given me ideas based on research to guide me. Reading other’s blog posts have allowed me an insight into my peers classrooms…a bit like a walkthrough. I’ve got some great ideas from these and they have helped guide professional conversations. Karyn Templeton, Grade 2 teacher, International School of Phnom Penh
There is a lot of information I’m gaining knowledge about and I love it. Blogging helps me to reflect on my teaching. I am an EAL myself, so it is also a great way to work on my writing skills, not only for blogging but also to be commenting on the blogs of others. I find it easy to navigate on the website. The Padlets are great and very helpful. I love reading and learning from other teachers. The course materials are very interesting although since I am a PE teacher, I would love to find more resources on that. I joined the PE group and find it very helpful. Leticia Carino, International School of Shekhou, China.
It is inspiring and has vastly expanded my knowledge. Really enjoying the readings and know they are things that I will revisit. Also loving the collaboration and communication across the school – it certainly seems to be breaking down walls – some of the most valuable parts have been the informal chats in the corridor about different ideas. Anita Mathur, Grade 2 Teacher, International School of Phnom Penh
It has made me think about all the children in my class as language learners not just my new EAL students. It has opened up the doors of other classrooms by looking through their blogs to see what they are doing. Getting ideas from people across the school. Simon Templeton, Grade 4 Team Leader, International School of Phnom Penh
By blogging I found that I was being forced to be more reflective and purposeful in what I did in the classroom. Reading others’ blogs gave me new ideas and motivation on things to try in the classroom. It also gave me an insight into other teachers’ classrooms, what they do and how they think.
I don’t see this as a resource I will use “just for now” or simply to fulfil a school goal. Love the insights from other schools and the power of shared inquiry. SPELTAC isn’t just about language learning but has shifted my thinking about many areas of teaching and led to lots of insightful discussions. I completed a one year teaching degree (many years ago) and never before have I had the opportunity to subsequently frame, discuss and refine my teaching practise in such a meaningful and open way. Loving the academic framework for the course – evidence of good practise is a powerful motivator. Anita Mathur, Grade 2 teacher, International School of Phnom Penh
It’s allowed me to focus more on putting ideas into action – as opposed to brainstorming and then never acting. Suzie Hammel, Secondary PE Teacher, International School Phnom Penh
SPELTAC is the key tool to allow teachers to communicate, share, reflect, research and collaborate, therefore making the teaching and learning meaningful. It has made me think twice about my teaching and inspired reflection. Reading about other teachers’ experiences and comments helps me to be a better educator and stay in touch with twenty-first century education. Niels Zwart, Head of EAL at Rabbat American School

Is SPELTAC for you?

SPELTAC focuses on language in learning in international school contexts through a Connectivist approach to learning.  It is for the connected educator wanting to collectively build understanding and improve practices for a linguistically diverse student body. Teachers, teaching assistants, heads of department, subject specialists, administrators, counselors, EAL and learning support specialists- all can bring unique insights into how we can promote international mindedness and language learning. 



Connect with other educators world-wide and improve your practice for English language learners through reflective pedagogical documentation specific to your own teaching area.


Work as a group and develop an inquiry into an area for improvement specific to your school. Collaborate on improving practice for English language learners off-line and online. Groups can work together on a final project. (4-5 members)


This approach requires that schools have 30 participants or more. Benefits are that a school can create institutional memory and make visible what is needed in a school. 

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