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1st Edition

Supporting the Professional Development of English Language Teachers
Facilitative Mentoring

ISBN 9781138735286
Published December 5, 2017 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Applying the principles of facilitative teaching to mentorship, this book brings together well-established knowledge about mentoring with the experiences and ideas of mentors in the field to advance and support the professional development of language teachers. Recognizing the impact of globalization and technology, Smith and Lewis identify processes and pathways for mentors to develop multi-layered skills for working with teachers in both their own and cross-cultural contexts, and in face-to-face and virtual settings. Grounded in theory, this innovative approach is illustrated with authentic experiences, and ready to be applied by readers in their specific settings around the world.

With an interactive design that encourages participation and practice, each chapter includes vignettes, reflections, and challenging scenarios from mentors in training. Self-reflection and task sections at the end of each chapter engage the reader in combining theory with practice. Sample materials such as mentor-mentee contracts, work plans, journal templates, discussion suggestions (face-to-face or online), and observation forms deepen understanding and enable mentors to adapt or create their own materials. This practical and context-adaptable guide is accessible to mentors at any career stage, for use in personal professional development, or as part of mentor training sessions.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Mentee-centered Mentoring

Chapter 1: Mentor & Mentee Identities

Chapter 2: The Needs of Mentees

Chapter 3: Setting Goals for Mentoring

Section 2: Mentoring in Context

Chapter 4: The Classroom Context

Chapter 5: Broader Contexts of Mentoring

Section 3: Interactive Mentoring

Chapter 6: Challenges to Effective Communication

Chapter 7: The Mentor’s Feedback Role

Chapter 8: The Mentor as Questioner

Section 4: Task-based Mentoring

Chapter 9: Classroom Observation

Chapter 10: Group Mentoring

Chapter 11: Action Research Projects


About the Authors


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Melissa K. Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Ningxia University, China, and the founder of LEAPAsia, a non-government educational and teacher training organization.

Marilyn Lewis is an Honorary Research Fellow and a former Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


"Smith and Lewis develop in-depth the single most effective approach to professional development—mentoring. Facilitative mentoring is flexible, experiential, and relational. This book goes beyond buzzwords to specific steps and contexts, richly illustrated with real-world examples. For those committed to mentoring as effective and deeply transformative, this interactively-designed book is an invaluable and indispensable guide."

-- Bradley Baurain, Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School, USA


"This important and original book, drawing on research and practice as well as vignettes that reflect practitioners’ perspectives and experiences, fills a much needed gap in the TESOL professional development literature and will be an invaluable resource for teachers and teacher educators."

--Jack C. Richards, University of Sydney and University of Auckland