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Highlights of an Erasmus Staff Mobility Exchange, The Host institution: NHL University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden/ Holland

ATEFL 2013 has been a very rewarding experience for me. I had the opportunity to meet colleagues as well as publishers and trainers who work on the process of feedback provision on written work in academic settings, specifically peer-feedback, which was also the focus of my IATEFL 2013 session.

We started off with a presentation of technology as utopia vs dystopia, moving on to Creative Commons and the designing of a tailor-made evaluation tool for selecting the most effective educational technology tools for one’s institution. The learners in our classes expressed their likes about being encouraged to think at an institutional level. So far their experience has been more focused on materials design and classroom teaching practices and theories.

I know it was quite a while ago now, but I would still like to share some of my observations and some of the insights I gained at this year's IATEFL conference.

SLTEP is designed to provide professional development in the area of language teacher education. It aims to help participants develop the knowledge, skills and awareness required for effective teacher training with a view to catering for the training and development needs of teachers in their own institutions and in a wider training context.

Leaving a wonderful spring day back in İstanbul, we found ourselves in the windy cold of Liverpool, a small but welcoming city where the 47th Annual IATEFL Conference was being held. It was quite an honour to be there as a representative of Sabanci University in such a multi cultural event.

The 47th Annual IATEFL Conference and Exhibition was held in Liverpool, UK between 8th – 12th April 2013. My presentation was about Alternative Assessment with Web 2.0 Tools.

On March 4th, the Gender Project Group of CIP organized a film viewing activity followed by a discussion/chat session with the film crew as part of their International Women’s Day celebration.

The theme of this conference was Effective Language School Management. Over 220 language education professionals from 21 countries attended this conference, making it the largest EAQUALS conference since the Association was founded in 1991.

The BALEAP Bieannial conference was held in Nottingham this year. Reyhan Salataci Ok did a presentation on short answer responses.