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Session Title: 

Classroom-based research for Professional Development 





This hands-on EVO project aims at empowering teachers to conduct teacher research to solve situated problems in their classrooms. 

Our team of experienced mentors will guide participants in the implementation of their research projects in their classrooms and in the dissemination of their research findings in the EVO online community. 



Target audience:

We aim to connect with senior level pre-service teachers interested in exploring their classrooms as well as with teacher trainers, mentors, teacher coordinators and teacher educators.





Session objectives: 

By the end of this hands-on session, participants will 

-have understood research as a way of teacher professional development,

- developed autonomy and agency to engage in research for PD,

- implemented a small-scale research in their own classrooms or teaching institutions,

- reflected on the results of their research projects and applied that to their future teaching and

shared their research project findings with other participants in this community of online practice in EVO, and if possible, beyond.   







Week 1: Jan, 10- 16 2022 

Introduction and role of research for teacher development


After listening to an introduction to the Classroom-based research for Professional Development EVO session 2021, participants will introduce their classrooms and teaching situation to the others in the community. Participants will explore characteristics of teacher development and discuss potential contributions of research to continuing professional development. Successful teaching experiences related to the participants’ contexts will be shared. The emphasis will be on confidence-building and relationship-building via recognition of themselves and their colleagues as experts in their own classrooms. 






Week 2:  Jan.17- 23 2022  

Identifying a focus of research, turning it into research questions and counting on colleagues as a resource.


 Participants will be guided to identify a research focus (e.g. a problem, a point to consider, a question, etc.) and to turn it into a research question or questions. Colleagues and fellow EVO participants could be consulted to find answers to it. Participants will get feedback from mentors and peers.




Week 3: Jan. 24- 30 2022

Practical tools for exploratory research


Participants will be introduced to the value of exploring before attempting to bring about a change which requires stepping back from the situation, considering different sources of information and appropriate data collection tools. After identifying the main features of various types of data collection tools, participants will determine the best type for their own questions and will plan to use them. Mentors and peers will guide participants and give feedback during this process. Participants will also be shown how they can involve their students in the research and problem-solving process. 



Week 4:Jan. 31- Feb. 6 2022

Discussion of basic data analysis procedures and ways of sharing research


Participants will learn about several ways to gather and analyse data and will decide which analysis procedure(s) will best complement their study. Mentors will guide participants and give feedback during this process. Finally, participants will discuss how to best share their valuable insights with their colleagues, with a focus on innovative, creative and teacher-friendly means of sharing. 








Week 5:Feb. 7- 13 2022 

Further research and sharing


The way classroom research can be planned, with a focus on the way exploration can lead into action, reflection and evaluation of change will be discussed. Participants will reflect on their goals for implementing further classroom research and will share them.  At the end of week 5, teacher participants will share their productions in the form of research plans or research itself and they will be encouraged to join specific networks (the 'Teachers Research!' Facebook group, the Teaching English in Large Classes network (TELCnet) and IATEFL Research SIG) for further development in this area. They will also be invited to stay in touch and report back about their research on an ongoing basis. 







- Website: for initial publicity/information: http://classroombasedresearch.weebly.com/

- Interactive space: Canvas

- Content space:http://classroombasedresearch.weebly.com/ 

- Live-streamed sessions: Zoom and Google Meet



Other technology tools: Google Forums, web tools for making posters & videos for self-introductions   




Primary contacts:




Lead- Moderators:

Ruben Mazzei

Mariana Serra


Join this session


Registration starts on Jan 2, 2022. 



To join this EVO session:


From January 2 to 9.


To self-enrol in this EVO session, go to https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/EFNKMD


The registration form will be available from 2nd to 9th January, 2022.












Name (last, first)

Email address

(country of residence)

(max. 50 words) 


Ruben Mazzei rumazzei@gmail.com  Argentina  Ruben is a university EFL teacher. He teaches at different levels and at teacher trainer college. He has coordinated and designed courses for the CPD department for English in the Ministry of Education. He has also facilitated workshops for the British Council and he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.    
Mariana Serra marianaserra2@gmail.com  Argentina 

Mariana is a teacher and a licentiate in English (UNL) and was one of the winners of Aptis for Teachers Action Research Awards (British Council) in 2015,2016 and 2017. 

She was part of Dr. Richard Smith's team in 2019. They developed the Enhancement mentoring for T-R approach as a response to Covid-19. 

She co-founded APIBA T-R SIG in Argentina.


Asli Saglam aslilidice@gmail.com  Turkey  Asli Lidice Gokturk Saglam Asli, from Turkey, has been an English teacher in EAP settings for 22 years. She holds a PhD in language assessment and testing. She is an educational technologies enthusiast. Her research interests include; teacher education, educational technology, and testing and assessment.   
Erkan Arkin erkarkin@gmail.com  Cyprus 

Dr Erkan Arkin is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education of Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. He worked in a team of moderators coordinating the EVO 2021. He has recently joined the team of tutors on the MA in Professional Development for Language Education programme run by NILE UK.

Sidney Martin Mota smart47@xtec.cat  Spain  My name's Sidney Martin. I am a teacher of English language at the Official School of Languages in Tarragona (www.eoitarragona.cat) and an online tutor at the Institut Obert de Catalunya (ioc.xtec.cat/educacio/eoi). I am interested in how students and teachers deal with feedback delivery and reception in both face-to-face and online environments, more specifically in language learning. I am also interested in pronunciation in second language learning and teaching.    
Silvia Severino silseverino@gmail.com  Argentina  Silvia Severino is an EFL teacher, a licentiate in English (UTN), and holds a master's degree from UNEATLANTICO. She is one of the winners of Aptis for Teachers AR Awards (British Council) in 2014 and in 2016/2017. She was a coordinator in APIBA LitSIG 2018/2020 and moderator during EVO Classroom-based research 2021 sessions.   
Suchita Mahorkar srmahorkar@gmail.com  India 

She is a high school teacher, working as teacher educator for a project lead by British Council in Maharashtra. She runs  teacher community group, writes blogs, and arranges webinars, whats App discussions to help teachers maintain their professional development. Her project EMARMaharashtra2020 was a success. She was co moderator for EVO Using Technology for Spoken English.

Sudhakar Katare shahajikatare@gmail.com India 

I am Sudhakar Katare from Maharashtra , India. I am a primary teacher. I have been teaching at primary level from last 16 years. I am a TAG coordinator. I am Nat geo certified educator.


Aysegül Salli  aysegul.salli@emu.edu.tr  Cyprus 

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Sallı works as an English language teacher at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Northern Cyprus.  She has been involved in teacher training organizing workshops, professional development courses and seminars since 2006. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Teacher Training and Professional Development Unit and delivering various courses as a lecturer at ELT Program of Faculty of Education at EMU.

Pablo Labandeira pjlabandeira@gmail.com  Argentina 

Pablo Labandeira holds a university degree in English Language Teaching. He

has worked at every level of education. At present he teaches at Argentine

universities and is a teacher trainer for the Ministry of Education of the

province of Buenos Aires He is also a languages coordinator at a secondary






By allowing your name to be put forward as co-moderator of this sessionyou acknowledge the following:


  • I understand that first-time session moderators are required and returning moderators are encouraged to participate in the 5-week Moderators' Development Session from October 18 until November 15, 2021.

  • I am available to actively engage in the EVO session I have agreed to co-moderate between January 9 and February 14, 2022. 

  • I further understand that 

    • EVO sessions are free of advertising and commercial sponsorship.

    • EVO sessions are free and open to all

    • No academic credit may be given for participation.





Ruben Mazzei 

Mariana Serra

Sudhakar Katare

Asli Lidice Gokturk Saglam

Pablo J. Labandeira

Suchita Mahorkar

Silvia Severino

Sidney Martin

Erkan Arkin

Aysegul Salli



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