Krystyna Droździał-Szelest, vice-president of Modern Languages Association of Poland (PTN), is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. She teaches MA and PhD seminars in English Language Teaching methodology, applied linguistics and educational psychology. Her PhD and Post-PhD degrees, obtained from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, are both in applied linguistics. Her present research interests cover ELT methodology, teacher training and teacher development, foreign language education, language teaching materials and educational/developmental psychology for teachers. She has published one book and a number of research papers, and has supervised 20 PhD theses. ; e-mail:;
Teacher professionalism and its role in “creating bridges to the future”

The metaphor of “building bridges” has been frequently used with reference to language education. In my presentation I would like to focus on teacher professionalism and its role in a difficult task of “creating bridges to the future”. As the world around us changes rapidly, a new and diversified range of learner needs appears. Responding to those needs places new demands on language teachers who are constantly required to expand their roles and responsibilities. It takes a truly reflective practitioner to be able to keep up with the changes and do the job properly.

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