In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I was a mentor to postgraduate teacher candidates in the MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) program. Student-teachers were presented with opportunities to observe lessons, contribute to course material development, and discuss various aspects of the teaching process. They were also provided with continued support as they took their first steps into the profession and were always welcome to come back for consultation.
My role as the Researcher Development Officer at The University of Manchester (April 2013 – April 2014) has granted me the opportunity to interact with a large number of researchers (research staff and postgraduate researchers) and support them to grow into the professionals they aspire to be. My role involves offering individual coaching and mentoring in various areas of interest, and I am currently studying towards a qualification in coaching and mentoring (ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring) which will – hopefully – add to my experience in this area.