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Dear EVO community,


We are looking for you to join us if you are a teacher educator, mentor, mentor-teacher, language program administrator, or an ESL/EFL teacher interested in learning more about mentoring and developing your skills. This year, we have several tools for you. In order to grow closer in our community, we ask you to briefly answer the question of the week on Edmodo.  Edmodo is our community place, which we will use to exchange experiences, ask and answer questions for each other, and have some fun.

Registration for the course starts 7th January, 2013.

The course starts on 14th January, 2013.

You can tailor the course to your own needs and resources. You will need a minimum of 2 hours a week to complete the course successfully by doing the required reading and tasks. For those who have a bit more time or want to gain a deeper understanding of mentoring, there will be extra readings and tasks. We are looking forward to working with you!

Let’s become Mentors and Mentees again.




Watch our short intro video (opens YouTube in a new tab).



Interest Section Sponsors

Teacher Education (TEIS),

Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST),

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)


Weekly Outline


Mentor Interaction is intensifying the understanding of counseling, consulting, and peer dialogue from the previous EVO sessions. Teachers of ESL/EFL will receive a review on mentoring to build a solid base to build in-depth understanding of the key aspects of the mentoring relationship.The aim of this course is to help education professionals understand the characteristics and the importance of mentoring in becoming expert teachers. The readings, discussions, case studies and assignments will focus on practical aspects of creating and maintaining successful mentoring relationships.  



Weekly chats will be held to discuss content and pre-defined topics, build rapport, and create a sense of community.



Week 1 (Jan 14 - 20, 2013) Introduction and Review: Mentoring Relationships


  • Discuss/read about establishing and maintaining trust in conversations
  • Introductions: setting an example as first-impression introduction
  • Review of keywords in the field of mentoring
  • Introduction to technology used in weeks 2-5
  • Homework: reading for week 2: (topic: Trust: building meaningful relationships)



Week 2  (Jan 21 - 27, 2013) - Trust: The Basics of Interaction


  • Webinar: Join us for a webinar on Mentor/mentee relationship, share your ideas and have a discussion with the other participants
  • Comment on other participants’ work on the wiki/blog - share them with your followers on Facebook and/or Twitter
  • Twitter hashtag chat: Every Friday we will have a live chat on Twitter about your experiences during the week. You can share your learning and discuss issues you have encountered.
  • Homework: reading for week 3. Tools for reflective conversations: Technical, verbal and non-verbal toolkit for successful conversations 



Week 3  (Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2013) - Tools for Reflective Conversations


  • Discuss tools, praise, motivators to nurture conversation
  • Voices from Costa Rica/Uruguay - Webinar with mentors from Latin America followed by a discussion
  • Comment on other participants’ work on the wiki/blog - share them with your followers on Facebook and/or Twitter
  • Twitter hashtag chat     



Week 4  (Feb 4 - 10, 2013)  - Practicing Reflective Conversations


  • Case studies: Participants will get different situations in groups on separate google documents and they have to prepare a final document
  • Discussion: Interactive webinar in which participants will be given given a chance to share and discuss their scenarios or situations.
  •  Comment on other participants’ work on the wiki/blog - share them with your followers on Facebook and/or Twitter
  • Twitter hashtag chat



Week 5  (Feb 11 - 17, 2013) - Online Mentoring as a Tool - Conclusion


  • Online mentoring: Webinar and shared documents (presentations and papers) about the dawn of online mentoring to encourage conversation with participants about the pros and cons of moving mentoring into a different arena.
  • TeachMeet: Give a 3-minute presentation (on your own or with a partner) about any of the topics covered in this course or any topic related to mentoring and your own experiences.
  • Follow-Up Activity: Write a reflective blog post about your experiences in this course include suggestions for improvement and topics to include in future courses.


At the end of the session participants will be invited to join the Mentoring Tesol community of practice.


Beyond the course:

We are planning to hold a monthly chat: Discussion of ongoing activities with the team throughout the year: monthly/bi-weekly meetups, blog posts to keep the community connected - monthly topics about which everyone can write a short 200-300 word posts.


Join this session


Sign up for the session starts on Jan 7th, 2013.


The action starts on Jan 14, 2013.


To join this group:


From January 7 to 13:


  1. Go to: Edmodo
  2. If you have an Edmodo account, click on Join, enter the course code: gruyja.
  3. If you don't have an account, register as student and add the course code when registering)
  4. You can find a short video tutorial here.







Marina Gonzalez

Teacher and Teacher educator in Argentina. EFL Primary School Teacher. researcher and MPhil student.


Laura Stoutenburg

Teacher educator and Coordinator, TESL Certificate Program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning


Daniela Wagner-Loera

Teacher at the University of Maryland's Maryland English Institute; App and materials developer, VATESOL Adult Ed SIG Leader.


Tamas Lorincz

Teacher educator, freelance teacher trainer, materials developer, experimenting with new technologies in teacher training and in supporting life-long learning.


Valerie Jakar

Sociolinguist and teacher educator at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem, Israel. Academic adviser of the programs of in-service education for English teachers in the Jerusalem area.



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If you need more help or have a question, contact us: mentor.evo@gmail.com



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