Mentoring Teacher-research




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Mentoring Teacher-research







Resources on classroom-based research are now easily available but how to facilitate teacher-research has been relatively neglected. This EVO session aims to develop a community of teacher-research mentors and to provide guidance to enable mentors and prospective mentors to play what can be a pivotal role in supporting teacher-research.



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We also focus on the following stages of teacher-research mentoring, engaging participants in practical activities relating to each of them. 



The syllabus and practical activities are based on the British Council publication, Mentoring Teachers to Research Their Classrooms. Itself based on practical experience in Latin America and South Asia, this will be complemented by questions and insights from participants themselves in relation to their own experiences.


Finally, we encourage teacher-research mentors to continue to link up internationally, and we indicate resources and possibilities for follow-up. 





Note: all webinars begin at 14:30 GMT - find out what time this is where you are here.



Week 1: (January 9 - 15) 


What does teacher-research mentoring involve?  / 1st online meeting  – Sun. Jan. 9, 14:30 (GMT)




Week 2: (January 16 - 22)


Developing topics and questions / 2nd online meeting – Sun Jan 16, 14:30 (GMT)




Week 3: (January 23 - 29)


Supporting data collection, analysis and interpretation / 3rd online meeting – Sun Jan 23,14:30 (GMT)




Week 4: (January 30 - February 5)


Making a mentoring plan – and guiding teachers to plan and evaluate change / 4th online meeting  – Sun Jan. 30, 14:30 (GMT




Week 5: (February 6 - 13)


Helping teachers to share and reflect on their research / 5th online meeting – Sun Feb 6, 14:30 (GMT) &

6th online meeting – Sun Feb 13, 14:30 (GMT)














Join the Mentoring Teacher-research EVO


Registration starts on Jan 2nd, 2022 and lasts until Jan 9th.


To register for this EVO, please go to:


In the middle of the page you will see two forms. 


Step 1: Fill in your name and email address and click on 'Submit' 


Step 2: Join the EVO's discussion forum by entering your email address again and clicking on 'Subscribe'


You will be able to post / respond to messages once your subscription has been processed. Please watch out for email messages which explain the next steps.


For example, you will receive details about our first online session together on Sunday January 9th at 14:30 GMT.


If you are a teacher interested in getting involved in researching your practice ('doing' teacher-research) for the first time, consider joining the 'Classroom-based research for professional development' EVO rather than this 'Mentoring teacher-research' EVO, which is for existing and prospective mentors.







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Smith, Richard




Prof Richard Smith has worked as a teacher educator for almost twenty-five years, the last twenty of them in the UK at the University of Warwick. He is the co-founder and former co-ordinator (2008–18) of the Teaching English in Large Classes research and development network (TELCnet), former co-ordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG (2011–15) and founder and chair of the steering committee of the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT (2017, 2021). He has published widely on topics ranging from teacher-research to the history of language learning and teaching, and has worked with teachers from many countries, both directly and as academic adviser to teacher-research mentoring schemes in Latin America and South Asia. For his publications and further information see




Eraldemir Tuyan, Seden



Dr Seden Eraldemir Tuyan 

lecturer in the Department of English Language Teaching at Çağ University, Mersin, Turkey, and is interested in psychological perspectives on ELT, including individual learner differences in language learning, motivation, learner autonomy and beliefs. She has published articles on various aspects of affect in foreign language learning. Her major interests are Emotional Intelligence, Social-Emotional Learning, individual differences in SLA, Action Research, and personal and professional development.



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