The 14th FOCI event took place on December 15th and 16th, 2016 and was hosted by Doğuş University in Istanbul. Educational technology, a topic of high interest to many of us involved in language teaching and learning, was at the centre of this event. As stated on the FOCI website, the main purpose of these two days was ‘to clarify the practical ways of systematically integrating technological tools into the delivery of the curriculum in such a way that will allow technology to be exploited in a pedagogically effective way in our classes’.
“You should do it,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Well… it was that and more. Up until last year, we used to mostly ignore those e-mails regarding the Erasmus staff exchange program, thinking it was probably only just aimed for department professors.
MoodleMOOT Virtual Conference August 5-7, 2016
A review by Sibel Taşkın Şimşek
On 16th, 17th and 18th of June, Bilkent University hosted their 14th International Conference on Classroom Assessment, where the plenary speakers were Prof. Giray Berberoğlu, Prof. Anthony Green, Steve Ferrera, Dr. Neus Figueras, Prof. Barry O’sullivan, and Prof. Emeritus Sauli Takala.
In the School of Languages (SL), support tutorials for students at a certain level have been in practice for quite a long time. They were done in different formats by different teachers in the past. Based on the feedback from previous semesters, last year, at Route 3, we tried to find out a way to organise support tutorials in order to maximise the benefits. We mainly brainstormed ideas both for administration and content of these tutorials. In spring 2015, the support tutorials received positive feedback from both students and teachers. Based on this feedback, we were asked to give support tutorials for Route 2 (Pre-Intermediate) (Sonat) and Route 3(Intermediate) (Neslihan) in Spring 2016. Here, we will explain the administration and the content of the tutorials together with feedback from students and our reflections on the tutorials.
The 50th incarnation of the annual IATEFL International Conference took place between 13th and 16th April, 2016, in the English city of Birmingham. Recognized as being one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar, this year’s conference was attended by over 2,500 language teaching professionals from more than 100 countries, involving an epic 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums.
14th International Bilkent University School of English Language Conference and Pre-Conference Event (PCE) Recent Developments in CEFR.
1st International Conference on Educational Theory and Research took place in İzmir from 11-13 February. Compared to a typical ELT conference, it was different in terms of the themes it addressed. The presentations covered a wide range of interdisciplinary topics including anguage learning, design, engineering, science, mathematics and more. The focus of the all themes aimed to offer new developments, technologies and approaches at both the national and international level. The conference had 5 plenary speakers and nearly 50 concurrent sessions.