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This six week syllabus is for those interested in mentoring new or struggling ESOL teachers. Basic mentoring skills will be explored and online resources will be identified. Through discussion, case studies, and role play we will share our ideas and hone our skills. Guest experts will guide discussion as we identify our own mentoring strengths and possibilities. When it comes to mentoring, one size does NOT fit all! By the end of the session, we will identify how we can continue as a mentoring community as we return to existing individual mentoring relationships.




Review and/or learn ways of mentoring

Practice mentoring skills

Establish an online mentoring community for teachers of ESOL


Target audience


Any ESOL teachers or administrators interested in mentoring new or struggling ESOL teachers


Interest Section/Other TESOL Sponsors


Teachers for Social Responsibility Forum, Teacher Educator IS, NNEST IS



Weekly content


Week 1  Introduction


Personal and professional introductions. Opening discussion on mentoring for ESOL teachers through response to a reading on active listening.


Week 2  Examine ways of mentoring with guest expert Gabriel Diaz


We will explore mentoring models and approaches through readings offered by our own co-moderators. At the end of the week, we will participate in an Alado presentation with guest expert Gabriel Diaz, listening to his experience and offering our own.


Week 3  Examine our practice through case studies


Volunteers will tell stories from their own mentoring experience. We will select cases which we can explore in order to collect our own characterizations of different “Ways of Mentoring.” Online discussion through "Tapped In."


Week 4  Practice our skills on each other through role play


Through an online discussion on Elluminate, we will practice various mentoring skills through role plays.


Week 5  Ask our questions with guest expert Angi Malderez


Guest expert Angi Malderez will present key issues in Mentoring through Alado, and then field our questions.


Week 6  Wrap up and plan for our own mentoring





Valerie Jakar



I am a sociolinguist and teacher educator at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem, Israel. I was the academic adviser of the programs of  in-service education for English teachers  in the Jerusalem area.



Laura Stoutenburg




I am chair at the Language Institute  at Conestoga College  in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  I also teach and do curriculum development for EAP and Workplace English programs  in Ontario, Canada.


Shefali Ray



I have been working with English as a second language for a long time. This includes training of in-service teachers and teacher development. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with teachers at all levels at school and from different types of schools. I have been touring India and have conducted sessions and workshops for teachers in different states. This has been my greatest learning experience.

In addition, I have been training and mentoring pre-service teachers at the pre-primary, elementary and secondary level cross-culturally and across lingusitic societies.

My current assignment is to work with 'to be pre-primary teachers', elementary teachers and teachers in special education to the visually impaired. The last one also was an eye-opener when in order to help my students, I took some classes with the actual students. It is a totally different world out there when English is not your language and you need to perceive things and learn vocabulary and concepts using your auditory and other senses.


Marina Gonzales



I am Director of S at the Instituto de Lenguas Modernas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I also teach ELT Management and Materials Design through distance mode for CAECE University in Argentina, too.



Communication tools to be used


Yahoo Group: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mentor2Mentor/

Tapped In: http://tappedin.org

Alado: http://www.alado.com

LearningTimes/Elluminate: http://tinyurl.com/y3eh


Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mentor2Mentor/
  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions





Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator



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