Fri, September 07, 2:45 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Huw Davies (Kanda University of International Studies)
Advising involves co-constructing knowledge with students through reflective dialogue. Advisors need to cultivate a skill set which goes beyond language teaching to include knowledge from many other disciplines. In this presentation, I investigate the background of a professional development (PD) programme at a self-access centre in Japan, its implementation and interview data from new and experienced advisors. I explain the benefits of a mentor system to encourage advisor development. I contend that PD practices should be dialogic and reflective, so choice should be given to advisors to choose topics and activities, although content must not lose sight of student need.