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Mentoring Teachers of English Learners in an Online Community of Practice

, , , Department of Teaching and Learning, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, United States

IJCALLT Volume 6, Number 3, ISSN 2155-7098 Publisher: IGI Global


This study contributes to a growing research base investigating how teachers interact and learn from each other in online communities of practice. It specifically investigates the online mentoring conversations between five cohorts of in-service mentor teachers that participated in graduate-level courses about language pedagogy and their mentee pre-service teachers, while they discussed effective practices for English learner (EL) students. The authors used qualitative methods to ask what types of knowledge and skills related to ELs' instruction the participating mentor teachers displayed when they were situated in the role of online mentors of mentee pre-service teachers. Findings showed that mentor teachers demonstrated knowledge and skills in adjusting general learning strategies to support ELs, in applying language development strategies to teach academic language in English, and in using emotional strategies to offer ELs a welcoming environment. Findings also showed that mentor teachers found a favorable space in the online mentoring environment to position themselves as teacher leaders and ELs' advocates.


del Rosal, K., Ware, P. & Montgomery, N. (2016). Mentoring Teachers of English Learners in an Online Community of Practice. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 6(3), 1-17. IGI Global. Retrieved February 28, 2020 from .


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