The ACTFL Distance Learning Special Interest Group (DL SIG) and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai'i have collaborated to create a mentor program specific for online language teachers. The program will pair a teacher new to online instruction with a veteran teacher. The program includes online modules created by the DL SIG Officers and NFLRC to help new teachers understand the demands of online learning. Pairs are matched for either a semester, August - December, (for those with some experience with online teaching) or for two semesters, August - May (for those with no online teaching experience), depending on the needs of the mentee. Pairs are matched based on language and level as best as possible.
Pairs will receive additional information after being matched on how to access the online modules. Mentees should have three or fewer years of experience with online teaching. Mentees may have had more than three years in the traditional classroom setting, but still qualify as a mentee for this mentoring program if they are new to online teaching.
Mentors and mentees who find themselves attending the same conference, being in the same city, etc, are encouraged to get together.
We realize that the dynamics of any relationship can be very complicated and unseen factors can affect the success. As a successful mentoring program depends greatly on the relationship between the mentee and the mentor, either the mentee or the mentor may ask ACTFL to reassign them if the relationship isn’t beneficial. We ask that participants give the relationship a minimum of three (3) months before asking to be reassigned.
Eligibility for mentees:
- Must have three years or fewer online language teaching experience
- Must be a current ACTFL member and must maintain ACTFL membership for the duration of the program.
Please note this mentor program is different from the traditional mentoring program. Educators who are within their first five years of teaching in a traditional classroom setting (not online) should apply for the traditional program. Mentor applications will open May 27 - July 22 on the volunteer portal, please check back then if you are applying as a mentor.