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Models of Mentoring in Language Teacher Education


  • A stimulating and thorough examination of mentoring and peer mentoring, integrating theory and practice, applied to language teacher education in an Asian context

  • Examines theoretical and practical issues related to mentoring/peer mentoring as a support and development strategy for pre-service and in-service language teachers

  • A practical and empirical introduction to mentoring and peer mentoring as an approach to teachers' professional development for researchers and teacher trainers


Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED)

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About this book


This volume examines the theoretical and practical issues related to mentoring/peer mentoring as a support and development strategy for both pre-service and in-service language teachers, and thereby offers a practical and empirical introduction to the field. 

A stimulating and thorough examination of mentoring and peer mentoring, integrating theory and practice as applied in language teacher education in an Asian specific context. The author discusses findings from a variety of qualitative and quantitative research studies in the light of previous research and in the context of teacher learning theories. 

Teachers, teacher educators, teacher trainers, supervisory coordinators and administrators will find practical advice, while the volume will be a valuable source of research information for researchers in teacher education and EFL teacher education, in particular for those who wish to employ mentoring or peer mentoring as an approach to teachers’ professional development.


EFL teacher training research in Vietnam ESL EFL language teacher training language teacher education language teaching in Asian context peer mentoring in language teacher training pre-service teacher mentoring models teacher learning teacher professional development teacher professional practice teacher training and mentoring teaching anxiety EFL

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Models of Mentoring in Language Teacher Education
  • Authors Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen
  • Series Title English Language Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title English Language Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-44149-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82996-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-44151-1
  • Series ISSN 2213-6967
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-6975
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 215
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Educational Psychology
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“Recent research in language teacher education is highlighting the vital importance of supporting language teacher professional development at the local level and within the context of teachers’ own work. In this volume Dr Hoa Nguyen makes an invaluable contribution to this debate by examining in exemplary detail the processes of mentoring and peer mentoring. Not only are the recommendations and techniques outlined in the book soundly grounded in empirical research, but they also shed light on how mentoring can be conducted successfully in EFL contexts, and in the Asian context specifically. Teacher educators and teachers will gain enormously from reading this book, as will researchers of language teacher education.” (Anne Burns, Professor of TESOL, University of New South Wales, Australia)

“In teacher education, mentoring is a crucial professional activity that aims to enhance teaching practices. Mentors wanting to support early-career teachers need to be aware of various mentoring models and ways in which they can draw on empirical evidence to advance their own mentoring practices. Mentoring must have a context. Teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) requires particular knowledge and skills for which an experienced mentor can articulate and model professional  experiences to assist an early-career teacher's development. It is important for a mentor to critically analyse methods and approaches of mentoring. Material within this book presents ways to critically analyse current ideas on mentoring that may translate into supporting the teaching profession.” (Peter Hudson, Associate Professor, School of Curriculum, Queensland University of Technology, Australia )

“Dr. Hoa Nguyen’s book covers an area of essential importance to professional development – mentoring. The old cliché - teacher’s teach how they were taught – rings true. And given the importance of models and mimicking for social and professional learning, this volume adds valuable knowledge on how theory and practice related to mentoring intersect. Dr. Nguyen’s volume highlights the benefits of mentoring for novice teachers in an engaging way. Importantly, her focus on the needs of novice teachers in Vietnam aligns with the heightened trend of foreign language (mainly English) education in Asia. Readers will gain valuable insights from Dr. Nguyen’s assiduous research.” (Tim Stewart, Associate Professor of TESOL , Kyoto University, Japan)