Today, every modern teacher has great goals, such as the development of their professional competence, the creation of their individual management model, and the increase of their knowledge, potential and competence through the methods of professional development. The government is also aiming to continuously develop the professional activities of teachers and improve the system of methodological support. In particular, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the British Council gave a start to the Change Academy, a year-long programme of intensive capacity building for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) moving towards financial, academic and organisational autonomy focusing on Quality Assurance (QA), graduate outcomes and leadership and governance. The principle behind the Change Academy is that systemic, sustainable, robust change happens through committed networks of people connected by a singular purpose and goals but working semi-autonomously within their individual expertise areas with their teams.
As the places in the Academy were through a competitive application system, a group of teachers of the English language and literature department applied to the programme with their INPRODEC (Intensive Professional Development Course) project which took a leading place in the competition among 35 universities. The main goal of the INPRODEC project is to establish a local training center to ensure the teachers’ continuous professional development working in the higher education sector, as well as to increase their pedagogical competence and continuous development of their language skills.
On September 19, 2020 the preliminary training session was organized at the Faculty of Foreign Languages by the project team whose main purpose was to acquaint HE teachers with the project activity, start the activities of the Center for Professional Development in the near future and form the content of coming training courses on the basis of the teachers’ needs, wishes and proposals. The main participants of the training were content teachers who teach their subjects through the English language. The particular focus group was chosen as they possess both language and content.
The training was organized with high spirit and interest. The training participants received thorough and precise information about the INPRODEC project, its goals and objectives, project implementation principles, opportunities, project implementation stages and expected results. During the training, the trainers used modern pedagogical technologies such as “Find someone who…”, brainstorming, questioning, suitcase language etc. which facilitated all participants to closely interact with each other and exchange own ideas.
During the training, all the teachers were asked to complete the survey to identify their needs, preferences and choices for further training course. At the end of the training, trainers also developed an action plan related to the activity of a future professional development center and expand its future activities.