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English language teacher competences

Convenors: M. Camino Bueno Alastuey (Public University of Navarre, Pamplona) and Marcin Kleban (Jagiellonian University)

Recently, we have witnessed the evolution and expansion of the competences required from English language teachers. Acting as professional language providers and educators is no longer sufficient, as English teachers must be able to perform the roles of intercultural guides or supporters of students’ communication skills and (digital) literacies. This requires a wide of range of competences which go far beyond the command of the language they teach or second language pedagogy. 

The rapidly evolving landscape of English language teacher competences is taken as the backdrop for stimulating this session’s debate on the challenges of teacher professional education and development. We welcome contributions related to all fields of language teacher education, continuous professional development, or language pedagogy. The session, organized by the participants of Teachers of English for Future Europe (TEFE) project (, is addressed to researchers, scholars, language teacher educators, teacher trainers, and practitioners who wish to share their views on any of these broadly defined issues.