Part of a series of summaries of the talks I’m attending at IATEFL Liverpool 2013. Please feel free to add things or correct me if I’ve misinterpreted anything!
These are the main points from Carol Everhard’s talk, taken from my tweets.
Carol describes bridges as affordances: they are a way to link two things, for example between students and their learrning. She describes mentors as the bridges in her project.
Self-access and self-instruction are two different things. Self-instruction can be a walled garden – pleasant but confined.
Should the people working in a SAC be called counsellor or advisors? The term can create distance.
Mentoring is a learning relationship between two people: it needs trust, commitment, emotional engagement. The pair develop a high level of trust and mutual regard and the mentor helps the mentee realise his or her potential. Both the mentor and mentee can benefit from the mentoring relationship to a great extent
Everhard created projects students could do which contributed 40% to their final grade. Mentors helped them. One of the projects was materials creation. Later students were offered the chance to be resource centre organisers too. Mentees appreciated working with mentors who had already been through the same thing.