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The process of civil servant teacher's recruitment makes a school to possibly have both, or either, qualified and under qualified English teachers. The former can observe their job as teachers well while the later might not. The case is worse when they are not only incapable of teaching well but also still need help in their English proficiency. Asking them to take an English class is almost impossible. There must be ways of developing then professionalism while they are performing their tasks as teachers.

Building a cooperative learning group for English teachers will improve their professionalism, both the qualified and under qualified ones, with its very slogan "sink and swim together". Each group will be responsible for the improvement of all members because their success is determined by the success of the group and the group also determines the success of the individual. Being in this group, qualified teachers can help their friends with their experiences while those who are not lucky in terms of both English and teaching skills will benefit from them without feeling underestimated due to the individual accountability characteristic of cooperative learning.

In the group, teachers can do various professional development activities. They can build a discussion group, a reading group, peer observation and team teaching, and conduct a collaborative action research. This group will work better if the head master or a coordinator keeps an eye on it. This movement will also be much more effective if it is used as one of the criteria of kenaikan pangkat.



cooperative learning English teacher profession development

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Author Biographies

Puji Rahayu

Puji Rahayu is an English lecturer of English Study Program,-Islamic University of Indonesia who graduated from English Education Department, State University of Yogyakarta. She gained her master degree at Teaming and Science Technology from University of Sidney. She is interested in cooperative learning in language teaching, especially in English.

Irma Windy Astuti

Irma Windy Astuti is an English lecturer of English Study Program, Islamic University of Indonesia who graduated from English Literature of 17 Agustus 1945University,Surabaya. She is currently pursuing her master degree in English Education at Sanata Dharma University. Her interest is in English Literature and Education.

How to Cite
Rahayu, P., & Astuti, I. W. (2009). Cooperative Learning Group for English Teachers: A School-based Teachers’ Professional Development. Journal of English and Education (JEE), 3(2), 83–96.