The FOCI – XVIII was held on 6th and 7th December, 2018 at the hosting institute, Ege University, with the main theme of “Assessment from a Curricular Developer’s Perspective: Who? What? When? And Why?”
Erasmus+ Staff Mobility- ISEC, Coimbra, PORTUGAL
14th- 20th April, 2018
by Sibel TAŞKIN ŞİMŞEK
The FDY English Public Speaking Club
Instructors: Itır Beğen, Nazan Gelbal, Robert Lee Lockwood, Bünyamin Mengi
Learning Assistants: Mehmet Akif Nayman, Duygu Gülen
The theme of the event was English being used more as a lingua franca around the world now more than as a foreign or second language. The basic definition of English as a lingua franca suggests that English is used as a means of communication between people coming from two or more different linguistic backgrounds. This view encourages teachers and students to appreciate the fact that English is mostly used by non-native speakers around the world and this fact has brought about the term “World Englishes” to appear, a term that Microsoft Word does not recognize and mark in red as I write this entry.
Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine for Musculoskeletal Tumors Training Course
Erasmus Staff Exchange 2018: University of Iceland, Reykjavik
15th International Bilkent University School English Language Conference
The theme of this year’s conference was “The Future of EAP: Provision, Standards and Practices” with sub-categories including Academic Practice, EAP Students, Program Design and Implementation.
Meeting of Change Agents (MOCA) held at TED University Ankara focused on Engaging the Language Learner within and beyond the classroom. Main areas of discussion included motivational factors, factors in distractions, how to choose and plan engaging and effective activities, student- teacher and student-student interaction, and assessment issues. This 2nd gathering of MOCA had 33 institutions participating represented by both teachers and students, which makes the gathering a special case.
The abstract for Elizabeth Coleman’s presentation, “On Intersectionality and Academic Drag,” stood out from the SL Pathways that Inspire Us conference program. It was not your everyday conference presentation title in ELT, and a topic, rarely, if ever, explored in EFL teaching contexts in Turkey. I had the opportunity to both attend the presentation and later interview Ms. Coleman as part of our SL conference May 4-5, 2018. I offer a review here of her presentation for those who were not in attendance, recognizing a need and an urgency to be part of creating opportunities for the discussions started in Ms. Coleman’s presentation to continue.