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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.

(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction Conference took place at Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne between December 15-17, 2017. Over the three days, there were many intellectually stimulating workshops and presentations given by academics, graduate students and artists.

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The theme of the seventeenth FOCI event was “Action Research in Curriculum Development: Implications and Possibilities”. The theme of this FOCI event seemed not to lend itself to the usual approach to the focus group tasks.

We attended CUELT (Çukurova International ELT Teachers Conferences) at Çukurova University on April 5-7 2018. The theme of the conference was ‘Innovative Practices in EFL / ESL Learning & Teaching’. The conference started with the inspirational plenary speaker, Dr. Nur Kurtoğlu Hooton from Aston University.

Congratulations to the exceptional public speakers who have successfully completed the FDY English Public Speaking Club in the School of Languages at Sabancı University in Spring 2018! The outstanding public speakers below studied diligently and participated in all meetings of the club. In recognition, they were invited to meet the director of the program and receive certificates and a special prize.

On 24th of February, another successful and intriguing ELT conference took place at Cevre College in Erenköy.

The 16th FOCI event, with the topic of ‘Putting grammar in in its place: alternative curricular approaches,’ was held at TOBB ETU university in Ankara on 20th and 21st of December.

I was recently invited to represent Eaquals with a plenary and workshop at the 25th Jubilee Conference of TESOL Macedonia Thrace. The conference was very well organized and attended by a highly motivated group of professionals from Greece and several other countries. I congratulate and thank Maria-Araxi Sachpazian, the Chair of TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece; Maria Theologidou, the General Secretary; and other Board Members for doing such an excellent job!