Professional Development through Mentoring: Novice ESL Teachers' Identity Formation and Professional Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Professional Development through Mentoring

Novice ESL Teachers' Identity Formation and Professional Practice, 1st Edition

By Juliana Othman, Fatiha Senom


136 pages

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Hardback: 9781138360525
pub: 2019-08-23
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In their book Othman and Senom provide a unique insight into the challenges faced by novice ESL teachers and demonstrate how mentoring can provide effective support for new teachers’ professional development. The content demonstrates the theoretical background for viewing mentoring as a process crucial to novice teachers’ development particularly to the teachers’ ability to succeed and grow in a specific workplace context. Using case studies from a Malaysian context, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of how mentoring can serve as a strategy to facilitate the transition of novice ESL teachers from a teacher education programme to life in real classrooms. Through its case studies, the book will examine both theoretical and practical issues for mentors, teacher educators, policymakers, and administrators anywhere in mentoring novice ESL teachers. This book is valuable for researchers who are particularly interested to explore novice teachers’ identity development and experienced teachers to help guide novice teachers through socialization process in their schools.


'This book tells stories of teacher learning that all language professionals can benefit from. The experience of novice teachers in Malaysia reflect practice in many contexts, and teachers, mentors, teacher educators and research will gain fresh perspectives and novel insights from these account of mentored learning.' - Dr Richard Kiely, University of Southampton, UK

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Understanding Novice Teachers

3. The Professional Development of the ESL Teachers

4. Mentoring

5. Case Studies

6. Enhancing Professional Knowledge through Mentoring

7. Professional Practice Development through Mentoring

8. Identity Formation through Mentoring

9. Revisiting the Novice ESL Teachers Mentoring Program



About the Authors

Juliana Othman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. She is previously Head of Department, Language and Literacy Education and a former deputy director at the Centre for Community and Industry Relations at the University of Malaya. She is also a Fulbright scholar (USA, 2006). She has published widely on the topic of second language teaching and learning, second language teacher education and professional development, school-based assessment and content-based instruction.

Fatiha Senom,Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. She has published on the issues surrounding professional development of novice and pre-service ESL teachers. Her research interests include second language teacher education and professional development, teaching English for young learners and qualitative research. She is also an editor for Issues in Education Journal.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Teacher Education

The Routledge Research in Teacher Education series presents the latest research on Teacher Education and also provides a forum to discuss the latest practices and challenges in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Professional Development
EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language