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On November 6-7-8, 2012, Dr. Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken represented Sabancı University School of Languages at the 2nd Consortium Meeting and Valorisation Seminar held at the Goethe Institut in Munich.

When I first started regularly attending conferences in the middle of the last decade, critical evaluation of the use of technology in a classroom environment was not something that I regularly encountered. What I did see were plenty of presentations on how to use technology, but very few if any looking at the why, or indeed what type of learning was taking place.

Hulya Gorur-Atabas, instructor at Sabancı University School of Languages, has been invited to act as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the next conference organized by The International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED).

The 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULearn12) organized by The International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)was held in Barcelona, Spain.

While planning a language conference you might be tempted to only see the virtual platform as the advertising arm of the operation, reaching possible delegates, generating excitement about the conference and posting updates or changes to the programme.

Sabancı University School of Languages (SL) was accepted as the first EAQUALS Project Partner in April 2008. In terms of project work the SL have so far been involved in work undertaken by the following EAQUALS Special Interest Project (SIP) Groups: training academic managers; qualitative research; reviewing can-do descriptors, teacher training.

Sabancı University School of Languages is a secondary partner in the European Profiling Grid (EPG) Project.

Looking back on our mini-conference, we can now see better that the session titles clearly reflected the content, which indicates how much effort and work went into the preparation of each and every one of them. The notes we kept during the sessions using the tool David Mearns introduced prior to his session, todaysmeet.com, and the feedback from the participants all reflect a high level of interest and satisfaction regarding the event.

The Bilgi University ELT conference took place on May 12th, 2012 and revolved around the theme of ‘Using Resources Efficiently’. Sabancı University’s School of Languages was well represented at the event, featuring a plenary talk, a keynote speech and a concurrent session from members of the SL.

The introduction of the Common European of Framework of References, with its aim to provide a method of teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe, has definitely been one of the most exciting developments in the world of language teaching. As with any “new” idea, it has had its fair share of supporters and critics. In this paper, I will briefly describe some of the main problems that may arise from the misuse or misinterpretation of the CEFR.

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