Webinar 7th November2020


** NATESOL invite you to:

‘Reflective tools & talk for teacher development’ 

Steve Walsh and Steve Mann 

Date: Saturday 7th November 2020

Time: 10am – 11.45am GMT (doors open 10am; talk starts 10.15am)

Venue: This is a free online event. Register at this link *.

Zoom details will be emailed to you a few days before the event.



Creating space and support for spoken reflection in teacher education needs careful handling and support. However, most teacher educators accept that fostering reflective practice and sustaining this practice in teaching is crucial. In this webinar today, we are going to talk about ways to encourage dialogic reflection with particular tools and ways of talking.  

We will present a range of tools that might be helpful in fostering reflection. In particular, we feature some of the recent work we’ve done with video because we both have recently finished British Council funded video projects. We will talk about VEO, stimulated recall, models and frameworks. 

The webinar focuses on the value of reflective talk and tools. We have argued elsewhere (e.g. Mann and Walsh 2013; Walsh and Mann 2015) that spoken reflection is undervalued in comparison with written reflection. However, it is also important to recognise that this distinction (between spoken and written) is increasingly difficult to sustain as teacher education courses are increasingly blended and use digital formats and social media is often a hybrid. CD. 

The last part of the webinar looks to the future and professional development in on-line contexts.  What can we take from what we know about F2F development and use it in synchronous online learning environments? Your views are especially welcome in this webinar. 


About the speakers:

Steve Mann (Associate Professor) currently works at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. He previously lectured at both Aston University and the University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English language teaching and teacher development. Steve supervises a research group of PhD students who are investigating teachers’ education and development. The group’s work considers aspects of teacher development, teacher beliefs and the development of knowledge, the first year of teaching, reflective practice, mentoring, blended learning, and the use of technology in teacher development. He has published various books including ‘Innovations in Pre-service Teacher Education’ (British Council). His most recent books are ‘The Research Interview: Reflexivity and Reflective Practice in Research Processes’ (Palgrave) and ‘Reflective Practice in English Language Teaching: Research-Based Principles and Practices’ (Routledge).

Author email: steve.mann@warwick.ac.uk


Steve Walsh is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK and visiting research professor at The University of Hong Kong. He has worked in English language teacher education for more than 20 years and his research focuses on classroom discourse, teacher development, second language teacher education, professional development and communication. His current research focuses on online pedagogic interactions and scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.


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