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ERIC Number: EJ925495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1030-8385
Gaining More than Language: Reciprocal Learning through a Peer Mentoring Scheme
Dunworth, Katie
TESOL in Context, v20 n2 p27-41 Dec 2010
This paper describes the introduction and evaluation of a six-month peer mentoring scheme at one Australian university. The scheme was initiated with the primary aim of promoting the English language development of staff who have English as an additional language (EAL), a cohort which includes postgraduate students working as tutors. It was anticipated that the main outcome would be a perceived improvement in mentees' English language capabilities; but it was also envisaged that all participants would benefit from the intercultural experience inherent to the scheme. Program evaluations indicated that mentees were satisfied that they had benefited linguistically and that mentors believed that they developed a greater level of intercultural sensitivity and a more emphatic understanding of the issues faced by EAL students and staff. The paper concludes by arguing that the approach adopted for the program may be applied in a range of TESOL contexts; not only for language development purposes but also to contribute to the building of intercultural awareness in a non-didactic and experiential way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia