The International Festival of Mentoring Teacher-Research in ELT (2024–25)

Organized by MenTRnet and supported by IATEFL Research SIGPilgrims Teacher Training Journal and British Council 

 Free online events and recordings during 2024–25 showcasing teacher-research mentoring initiatives around the world.
The festival’s aim is to map and draw lessons from these initiatives and to inspire others to engage in mentoring teacher-research and/or to organize teacher-research mentoring support schemes. With this new emphasis on mentoring, the festival builds on two previous international festivals showcasing teacher-researchers’ own experiences, in 2017 and 2021, respectively.
9–10 March – IATEFL ReSIG Teachers Research! Online 2024 conference – launch event for the festival. Video record in preparation16 March – ‘Best of EVO’ – TESOL CALL Interest Section – 30-minute presentation about the Mentoring Teacher-Research Electronic Village Online. 

Video-recording.9 April (12:00 GMT) – British Council Teacher Educator Community webinar on ‘

Teacher education and practitioner research – how can one support the other? by Richard Smith. Video-recording and associated handout.4 May (13:00-16:00 GMT) – IATEFL ReSIG webinar – ‘Challenges in mentoring teacher-research, and how to overcome them’ – showcasing the work of mentors of research at the Teachers Research! Online 2024 conference. Video-recording and

. full programme with links to posters.8 June – Webinar about the work of NETRUZ (Network of English Teacher Researchers In Uzbekistan) with in-service teachers in Uzbekistan. Further details and registration.

20 July – Webinar about work within the MDEAR (Mentor Development for Exploratory Acton Research) project (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi / British Council Thailand). Further details and registration.

August (date tba) – Webinar showcasing work by mentors, arising from the Teacher-Research for Professional Development and Mentoring Teacher-Research Electronic Village Online (EVO) sessions. Further details to come.

…. and further monthly events until March 2025

The Festival is chaired by Professor Richard Smith and is being organized with the support of a grant from the University of Warwick and the Economic and Social Research Council (grant reference ES/X004635/1)

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