Resilience and language teacher development in challenging contexts: supporting teachers through social media


This paper reports on a study into the possible roles social media might play in teacher education in challenging contexts. It focused on the role of WhatsApp use and developing teacher resilience by forming teacher communities of practice. This work built on prior activity taking place in teacher associations in three sub-Saharan countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda and sought to develop both good practices in using WhatsApp for distance teacher development as well as engage in collaborative research. The paper shows that social media can play an important role in the professional development of teachers in remote and challenging contexts, but that we need to consider the workload and role of moderators and establish realistic expectations for groups, where there is limited access to the internet.


Gary Motteram and Susan Dawson

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