...we, as teacher trainers, have a question we want to ask of our professional community, we can put it out on the ‘cyber waves’ and have the chance of getting responses from all over the world.!!! So, in that spirit…
I have met ‘teacher trainers’ who are called or who call themselves: teacher educators, inspectors, mentors, senior teachers, experts, academic directors, coaches, master teachers, supervisors, lead teachers, co-operating teachers and curriculum leaders! And many more that are even more exotic! ‘FIFO’ for example! Each name has a different connotation, I think. Some sound very academic, some sound helpful and others sound more authoritarian and judgmental. And, in turn, they each suggest different names for the teachers they work with.
As you may know, (if you have had a peep at the video interview I did with the kind hosts of the TeachingEnglish web site when we were all at the IATEFL conference in Cardiff in April of this year), (or if you have had time to read the biography I submitted), I have been the editor of a journal called the Teacher Trainer for the last 23 years! I started this journal for foreign language and TESOL teacher trainers, teacher educators and mentors for Pilgrims.
Watch this interview with Tessa Woordward from IATEFL Cardiff in 2009. Tessa talks about her career and views on English language teaching. Tessa answers the following questions: