In this month’s vlog post for Pavilion ELT, Damien Herlihy continues his professional development (PD) series for 2021. You can see the introduction to the series here and look back to episode 2 on giving instructions in the English language classroom, episode 3 on the magic of storytelling, and to episode 4 on classroom management.

In this episode, he focuses on action research. Action research – in a nutshell – is teacher-led research in the classroom. Watch it to learn about the fundamentals of the action research cycle and find your own action research focus.

Also, please let us know how the series is making you reflect on your own teaching and/or what has worked well for you in the comments under the vlog or below our shares on the Pavilion ELT social media. We would love to know how you are getting on and whether you are finding it easy to chart your learning journey in your MyCPD online tracking tool (that comes free with your subscription).



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Edwards, E. (2014). ‘Action research in action’. English Teaching professional 94. Shoreham-by-Sea: Pavilion Publishing and Media.

Herlihy, D & Pottage, Z. (2013). Cambridge Research Notes 53. Cambridge: Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Saito, D. (2004). ‘Step into action’. English Teaching professional 30. Shoreham-by-Sea: Pavilion Publishing and Media.