Based on exploratory research carried out with its academic staff and students (May 2016), the ethos of the School of Languages is based on a happy, positive and learning-oriented culture which receives its strength and vigour from:
• collaboration and team work
• openness to and sharing of new ideas
• creativity and innovation
• respect, trust, and appreciation
• an emphasis on the individual as well as teams
• caring for and supporting others
• a safe, friendly and professional atmosphere with good working conditions
• respect for diversity and flexibility
• opportunities for personal and professional development
• a flat hierarchical structure and collaborative decision making
All members of the SL community are active members in defining our ethos through their individual and collective contributions to its values, interactions and approaches, always striving towards better practices.
"Creating and developing together for effective language learning and teaching..."
As Sabancı University, School of Languages, we provide students with the necessary foundation skills and knowledge to excel in their interdisciplinary academic studies; help students develop their language awareness, knowledge and skills in English, Turkish and in second foreign languages; help students develop critical and creative thinking through the provision of high quality instruction and the promotion of independent study; provide instructors with a challenging and stimulating work environment; and contribute to the further development of language teaching and teacher education in Turkey.
SL Educational Principles
In the SL we believe that students' personal intellectual growth is as important as their language and skills development. Therefore, in addition to helping students develop their language proficiency and academic skills, we aim to help students develop their knowledge of the world, both past and present, and to identify various relationships between events through the use of a content-based and thematic approach.
The SL views language as communication and believes in an integrated approach to the teaching of language and academic skills, rather than teaching them separately and in isolation. The learner is at the heart of instruction with methods and techniques built around student-centered teaching and more importantly on principles which view learners as individuals with vast potential and a rich repertoire of learning styles and strategies, which learners may or may not be aware of. Therefore, along with language and academic skills work, the SL strives to raise students' awareness of their own learning and of themselves as learners, helping them to realize their full potential. While doing so, it also encourages self-evaluation skills in a supportive learning environment with constructive, informational feedback on student learning and progress. It is believed that these main principles highlight the dynamic nature of the interplay between teachers, learners and tasks and help promote student motivation and continued interest in learning. This is illustrated by the fact that SL courses are not exam-based and the fulfillment of course requirements plays a very important role in advancement from one level to another.