Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own professional practice. It is a frequently-used paradigm in education, and one which can be of immense benefit to both the mentor and the mentee. However, it is rare that the skills involved in being a successful and effective mentor are addressed. More frequently, mentors tend to be selected based on their years of experience, and while this means they have considerable knowledge to draw on, it does not necessarily lead to a skilful exploitation of that know-how in the mentoring relationship, and can result in frustration for both the mentor and the mentee.
With this in mind, this course is designed to support the development of mentoring in a variety of educational contexts. It takes the view that mentoring consists of a one-to-one relationship that seeks to support professional development of an individual using a range of approaches, frameworks and techniques that most suit the situation in question. The focus throughout is on hands-on experimentation with practical activities and their subsequent analysis for contextual relevance and application.
This course is part of the Oxford Teachers' Academy (OTA), a collaborative programme offering continuing professional development for English language teachers. The courses have been developed by the Department and Oxford University Press.
This OTA course has been specially designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language, and is intended for school leaders and managers.
During this course you will:
- explore the qualities and competences of a mentor and how these might be developed
- identify and practice mentor techniques and activities appropriate for the different approaches
- analyse the interaction frameworks which might be used in mentor meetings to enhance their developmental impact