IICEDubai2017 Featured Speaker
TESOL Arabia & ADNOC Technical Institute, UAE
President of TESOL Arabia, Mohamed Azaza, has been announced as a Featured Speaker at The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2017 (IICEDubai2017), which will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2017 (IICLLDubai2017).
Mohamed Azaza holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University and DELTA from the University of Cambridge. He is also a PhD candidate in Research in Education with the University of Leicester, UK. Mohamed has published and presented on areas such as teacher professional development, professional communities of practice, teacher leadership, curriculum and materials design, differentiated instruction, emotional intelligence and cross-cultural communication.
Featured Presentation | Effective Mentoring in an Educational Context
Mentoring has traditionally been defined as a one-to-one relationship between a more knowledgeable professional and a mentee or novice. The mentor’s job is, therefore, to instruct, guide, protect and challenge the novice protégé (Anderson & Shannon, 1988) whereas the mentee is expected to practice and demonstrate what has been learned. However, the mentor’s role has been recently extended to include other roles, such as co-thinker, learning companion, resource partner and coach. Accordingly, in this emerging new approach, the mentor is not only perceived as an expert who offers positive and honest feedback on a lesson or a teaching strategy, but also plans with the mentee about how to overcome a challenging classroom situation. These roles have also developed to accommodate other emerging roles, such as raising the mentee’s awareness about other dimensions of practice that are often overlooked. These new dimensions include cultural sensitivity and diversity, context, organisational micro-politics, power relations, awareness of group dynamics and the balance between the teacher’s needs and the organisational needs. Reflecting on a recent research study carried out in the local context of the U.A.E, the presenter will discuss how mentoring can be a powerful learning experience for both the mentor and mentee. He will also argue that good mentoring in an educational context not only entails a good pedagogical content knowledge, but also develops cultural competence, as well as ethical and organisational awareness.