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We have taken part in the organization as the joint presenters of “Mindfulness: The Miracles of a Present Mind” session. Among the participants of the ÜAA organization were teachers, psychological consultants, and people with administrative roles. The keynote speech at the opening was delivered by Mustafa Akıncıoğlu, an associate researcher at the University of Oxford. He talked about the extensive study he carried out on EMI in Turkish higher education system. There were 100 Turkish universities in his study. According to the findings of the in-depth research, there is a dramatic difference for a lecturer between being an expert in a field and being able to convey that expertise using the medium of English.

Diller Okulu Öğretim Görevlisi Tamer Kütükçü'den bu defa da bir öykü kitabı: Geyikli'nin Sarmaşıkları. Kütükçü'nün kitabı Ötüken Yayınları'ndan çıktı. Arkadaşımızı tebrik ediyoruz.

Upon invitation of Margaret Halicioğlu, Dean of Student Affairs of Robert College our SL instructor ilkem Kayican Dipcin visited Robert College. She had meetings with the dean and the head librarian, Cara Keyman who is also the chair of RC Academic Honesty Committee, and observed two different English classes.

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.