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!
Ozel Turk Koleji in İzmir has a traditional ELT conference going on for so many years. This year, the theme was From X Gen Teachers to Gen Z students and how to liberate the learners. I find Turk Koleji’s approach very innovative and in accordance with our age’s needs and requirements. I joined Elna Coetzer’s workshop and I thought the workshop was very beneficial; therefore, I want to reflect on that particular workshop.
Mersin Üniversitesi, Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi, Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat Bölümü tarafından 15 Aralık 2017 tarihinde düzenlenen “Üniversitelerde Edebiyat Eğitimi” çalıştayında “Edebiyat Eğitiminde Sabancı Üniversitesi Modeli” başlıklı bildirimi sundum.
Üsküdar American Academy organised a professional development event entitled Beyond Technology: The Future of Learning on 9th December 2017. Cristobal Cobo, Director of the Center for Research, did his plenary talk, Tech Tools: Reframing Instructional Design to Enhance Learning.