In 2016, TTT extended its capacity for innovation into mentoring for trainees on the Trinity CertTESOL. We have long recognized that trainees experience challenge on an academic, social and cognitive level when they are under the content demands and time constraints of the Trinity CertTESOL.
The role of the TTT CertTESOL Alumni Mentor is to support the trainees by offering ‘words of wisdom’ about how to manage the course; how to approach assignments; and how to respond to any challenges in Teaching Practice.
We have been very selective in our choice of mentors, inviting only those who have the necessary characteristics of a mentor: expertise in the area (they are all Trinity CertTESOL graduates with very high grades); experience: they are all practicing and experienced teachers in Hong Kong; availability: they have sufficient time to provide support for current trainees, and empathy: we know our mentors personally and judge them to be the kind of people we would have liked as mentors.
We consider it our professional duty to have a warm, transparent, and honest relationship with our trainees, and this is reflected not only in the flexibility we engage with individual needs, but also in our policies on refunds and access. All our trainees have regular, ongoing and supportive contact with each other and their tutors; and have full access to support materials online.
The Train The Teacher Trinity CertTESOL Alumni Mentors reflect our longevity and our reputation: we are Hong Kong’s most experienced Trinity CertTESOL teacher trainers, having run all the Trinity CertTESOL courses in Hong Kong from 2006 to 2014 at a previous venue, and our now in our 3rd year with our new partner of excellence The Edge Learning Center; and our capacity to engage the skills of these previous graduates who know what our priorities are as a company.
Trainees who want to engage a Train The Teacher Trinity CertTESOL Alumni Mentor do so by contacting us directly, and we affect an introduction. The relationship after that is entirely at the definition of the mentor and the mentee: we respect the need for the mentee to have an unmonitored relationship with his or her mentor.
The Train The Teacher CertTESOL Alumni Mentor program is the innovation that followed our development of unique assignment templates to support the learning experience; the introduction of widely sourced online support materials for assignments and teaching practice; and the option of videoed lessons for self-reflection and sharing.
TTT takes great pride in its CertTESOL Alumni Mentors who bring the empathy and skills of genuine competence into the learning environment on the TTT Trinity CertTESOL at The Edge Learning Center in Mongkok.