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The 2nd TESOL Turkey International ELT Conference was hosted by Osmangazi University in Eskişehir on 29-30 November 2019. The aim of the conference was to create a platform for focusing on the gap between K12 and higher education in teaching, learning, research and professional development.


Tea Talks in Touch, November 27, 2019. The FDY English Public Speaking Club was proud to hold a second collaborative event with SU Tea Talks with CEOs Club. The Public Speaking club participants were delighted to introduce and interview Pedro Mateache, the President of AT Kearney Consultancy, via video conference.

SL Route Four learners are currently conducting research to answer the question “How can students at Sabancı University contribute to local sustainable development?” in their Proj 001 course.

The plenary talk by Prof. Dr. Volker Hegelheimer from Iowa State University was quite interesting as it addressed a controversial topic for the implementation of teaching academic writing.

The Marmara University English Language Teaching International Conference (MELT 2019) was held at Marmara University on the Göztepe Campus in İstanbul on 11-12 October 2019. The conference hosted speakers from many countries. There were four plenary talks, research paper presentations and workshops. Sabancı University was represented by Lukka Alp Akarçay, Okan Bölükbaş and Justin Jacobs. A presentation titled “Gender- and Sexuality-Inclusive Curriculum at Sabancı University” was delivered by Lukka and Justin, and Okan’s presentation was titled “Making Academic Reading Fun.” Here are some of the highlights from the conference.

Recently I have had a chance to attend the 2019 AECT International Convention: Inspired Professional Learning and Inspired Learning Professionals, which was held in Las Vegas, USA during the week of 21-25 October. Throughout the conference, I had a great opportunity to attend the sessions of different successful trainers and researchers, which was very fruitful to learn and exchange ideas related to teaching through technology more effectively.

Advances in technology create new forms of communication tools for us (Kist, 2000). We increasingly interact with DVDs, blogs, digital books, databases and many other forms of communication and expression. The arrival of these into the language classroom means that what has usually been accepted as “text” is not limited to the printed page and what has usually been referred to as “the act of reading” cannot be limited to the reading of the printed page. Most of the new communication tools convey information through a combination of print, sound and images. Feature film is one of these means of communication that combines several modes of expression. It is not a new technology but a multi-layered form of expression appealing to our students.

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, Sheila Casserly from the United Nations Development Programme’s secretariat Business Call to Action came to Sabancı University to give a presentation to the route four learners about the Sustainable Development Goals and what the secretariat itself does within the scope of the SDGs.

The 2nd International Symposium on Men and Masculinities took place between the 12th and 14th of September in Istanbul at Şişli Nazım Hikmet Culture Center. Organized by the Initiative for Critical Studies of Masculinities (ICSM) in collaboration with Özyeğin University, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, and Research Worldwide Istanbul, the symposium provided a platform to discuss how the current global sociopolitical environment impacts studies and discussions on men and masculinities. With the theme Challenges and Possibilities in Troubling Times, the symposium brought forth the question of how the studies on men and masculinities could help us better understand the increasing precarious sociopolitical climate around the world and its impact on gender equality. I offer a review of the first day sessions I attended as a participant and as one of the speakers in a panel about trans masculinity experiences.