Week 5: 17-21 Oct.

cambCambridge English Language Assessment is pleased to invite you to the Cambridge English Teacher Training Roadshow. If you are interested, you can get more information using the following link:


  • We would like to update you about the workshops that were given on Friday by Bahar Varicioglu, Pearson-Middle East Efficacy Lead. It was a whole day event. The director, the deputy director, the coordinators, the team leaders and the teaching and learning development unit members attended the training sessions. The overall aim of the sessions was to introduce the efficacy framework that would guide our school to evaluate our work as well as providing us with support in outcome/goal setting to improve the quality.


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  • We would also like to announce that Nergis Akbay is going to attend the 10th YDYO meeting in İzmir on 20th and 21st of October. She will be joining the other directors to discuss current issues regarding school of languages in Turkey.


  • Please be informed that Nazan and Beyza are going to start their professional development activities for instructors. You can find the details of their sessions below:
Nazan: SESSION 1

Motivating and Moving Students to Practice Vocabulary

20 October, 2016 Morning: 09:45-11:00
Beyza: SESSION 1

ICT Reading Club


E-learning by Design: Designing E-learning & Absorb Type Activities

27 October, 2016 Morning: 09:45-11:00
Source for Beyza’s ICT Reading Club:

Horton, W. (2011). E-learning by design. John Wiley & Sons.

Nazan:  SESSION 1 (Repeated)

Motivating and Moving Students to Practice Vocabulary

3 November, 2016 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
Beyza:   ICT Reading Club

SESSION 1 (Repeated)


E-learning by Design: Designing E-learning & Absorb Type Activities

10 November, 2016 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
Nazan:  SESSION 2

Grammar Presentation: Is it out of Fashion?


1 December, 2016 Morning: 09:45-11:00
Beyza: ICT Reading Club SESSION 2 (Repeated)

E-learning by Design: Do Type Activities  ( practice, discovery, games)

8 December, 2016 Morning: 09:45-11:00
Nazan:  SESSION 2

Grammar Presentation: Is it out of Fashion?


15 December, 2016 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
Beyza: ICT Reading Club SESSION 2 (Repeated)

E-learning by Design: Do Type Activities  ( practice, discovery, games)

22 December, 2016 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
Source for Beyza’s ICT Reading Club:

Horton, W. (2011). E-learning by design. John Wiley & Sons.


  • Our ScOLa Clubs have started running. You can get the updated info on LMS under “ScOLa Clubs” course. This course is open to all ScOLa instructors and the students so that they can catch up with the latest news/changes about clubs.  Please guide your students as much as possible regarding these clubs as these are extra chance for our students to use the language they learn in the class.
  • On Continuous Professional Development blog under “ScOLa at Conferences”, you can find the calendar for conferences around the world if you would like to know about the deadlines for proposals.


Have a great week,



Week 4: 10-14 Oct.

Hello all,

We hope everything is going well with you and we would like to update you about the highlights of this week.

– The research group which is comprised of 20 instructors held their first meeting on Thursday and started their journey!

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  • ScOLa Study Center became active. Now, you can direct your students who need extra guidance and support to the center. Below you can see the available hours:



  • Our ScOLa Clubs will start this week. We have a Speaking Club for A2 students, English Drama Club for B1 students, and Music & Movie Scenes Club and Travel Club for B2 students. You can find the posters around.

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Have a great week..

Week 3: 03-07 Oct. 2016

Hello all,

we have started the new academic year and already made it to the third week.

Here are some of the highlights of this week:

– B1 Project has started on Monday with its first groups of students. 90 B1 level students enrolled in the project class and there will be six sections of students who will be meeting weekly.

– Research group will hold their first meeting on Thursday and start their research journey.

– ScOLa Study Center will become active as of 6th October, Thursday.

– ScOLa English Drama Club starts on Friday at 9.00 in AB-3, 235 with the interested B1 level students. Don’t forget to inform your students! :)




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ScOLa Clubs are ready to kick off!

Hello all,

we have been in the process of designing and organising this semester’s ScOLa Clubs and we are ready to start! This week, you will see our club posters around and our students will receive an e-mail consisting the level, time and venue info.

Can you please also guide your students so that they follow their e-mails, check the notice boards around and follow what’s going on in ScOLa regarding extracurricular activities?

Thank you very much for your continuous support.

We keep updating you!




B1 Project


ScOLa Teaching and Learning Development Unit proudly presents B1 Project Class :)  This project class aims to bring B1 students together not only to improve their language skills but also help them develop 21st century skills which can be applied in their academic subject areas, and in all career, and civic settings throughout their life. This will be offered to our students as an extracurricular activity. Volunteering students are expected to join weekly sessions, complete the tasks both inside and outside the classroom and present their final projects. 19 B1 classes were visited and informed about the aims, components, requirements and outcome of the project and the students were given a deadline to enroll in the project class. The sessions will start in week 3! If you would like to learn more about the project, please contact us.

Week 1: 19-23 Sept. 2016

Hello all,
welcome back :)
We hope you all had a relaxing break and ready for the new academic year. We’ll try to keep you updated through weekly ScOLa News. Here are some of this week’s highlights:

-19th-Monday: New Academic Year starts off.

-21st-Wednesday: Nergis Akbay will be meeting with the students.

-21st-Wednesday: Coursebook training for the instructors.

Do you have any other news? Share them with us so that we can update ScOLa!

Happy New Academic Year..

Orientation Week

This year 16 new instructors joined our family.



To have a smooth transition we started the orientation week with a “welcome breakfast”.




Then, our new colleagues learned about the campus through a scavenger hunt.
































They also joined sessions about the university and the system of the ScOLa.

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They will continue getting support throughout the year in their induction programme. They also have buddies in their teams but we know that you are all there whenever they need support or guidance.


Once again we would like to say WELCOME to them and wish them all the best in their new journey 

Blogging: An adventure in professional development- IATEFL 2015 Presentation by Asli Saglam

At the IATEFL 2015 Annual Conference I gave a presentation about potential contribution of blogging to professional development in a forum. It was the first time that I participated in a forum and it was a very enriching experience because all presenters focused on blogging from different perspectives.

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With the advance of technology and proliferation of Online Communities of Practice blogging has become a promising form of continuous professional development for the networked educators. Many researchers, educators and bloggers concur blogging may bring about opportunities for cooperative learning, connecting, sharing, and reflecting. I have been an avid blogger for more than 5 years and my blog had witnessed and accumulated accounts of my journey as a learning teacher. This presentation described a case study which explored posts of an academic blogger who had been utilising blogging as a form of professional learning and presented an approach which other educators might employ as a means for their professional development.

Affordances of Academic Blogging

Potential opportunities afforded by academic blogging involve exposure to insights and experiences of others in the blogging community, engagement with professional learning and networking. Blogs are instrumental for professional development because they enable networking which is an important asset in the digital age. It is often remarked that sharing-dissemination of information- is an important responsibility of the modern educator. In addition, blogs can support professional identity development by making one’s particular values and perspectives and thinking public and explicit (de Moor & Efimova, 2004 in Luehman, 2008) and by developing social alliances and affinity groups. Networked educators bond through shared practices, goals, endeavours, and interactions that support identity development (Gee, 2001, in Luehman, 2008). Furthermore, blogs provide opportunities for reflective practice which is characterised as “a process of internal dialogue facilitated by thinking or writing and through external dialogues and reflection together with others” (Gee, 2001, in Luehman, 2008).

Reflective writing was considered the major form of reflective action within reflection-on-action, that is reflection before or after teaching. The 5Rs Framework is suggested as an effective implementation strategy guiding reflective practices and triggering reflective writing (Bain, 2002).

Table 1

The 5Rs Framework for Reflection

5R Framework What is it? Critical Questions to Ask
Reporting A brief descriptive account of a situation / issue (ie. the reflective trigger) What happened, what the situation and issue involved
Responding Your emotional / personal response to the situation / issue etc Your observations, feelings, questions about the situation
Relating Personal and/or theoretical understandings relevant to the situation / issue Making connections between the situation and your experience, skills, knowledge and understanding
Reasoning Your explanation of the situation / issue Explaining the situation in terms of the significant factors, relevant theory and/or experience
Reconstructing Drawing conclusions and developing a future action plan Your deeper level of understanding about the situation- issue that is used to reframe reconstruct your future practice and further develop your understanding of professional practice


My study

Using a case study approach, my study aimed to examine the content of 30 blog posts to ascertain the role of written reflection in improving my professional knowledge and my teaching. Guided by Hatton and Smiths’ framework (1995) for Levels of Reflection, content analysis traced verbal manifestations highlighting hints of change in pedagogical beliefs and practices.

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Figure 1 Hatton and Smiths’ Framework; Levels of Reflection (1995)


Blog posts which were categorised under “descriptive reflection” usually listed reasons why topic of the writing could be a challenge, referred to relevant literature, explored own professional practices and portrayed professional and personal reasons to instigate action. Blog posts bearing qualities of “dialogic reflection” often highlighted the process of making deliberate connections between my pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices. Some blog posts were identified as “critical reflection” because they triggered constructing and reconstruction of my understanding of realities of teaching and thus leading to a development of a deeper understanding of my own teaching as well as devising future action plans.


Blogging appears to offer a potentially rich and transformative means of continuous professional development since it may empower critical analysis for reflection. Consequently this dialogic reflection, sharing and cooperative learning may transform pedagogical beliefs and practices.

You can find further details in my slides below.

Audio feedback in writing: Can it help chronically dissatisfied learners? IATEFL 2015 Presentation by Petek Sirin

Petek gave a very interesting session about potential of giving students audio feedback.


I was lucky enough to be in the audience that day. It was a very impressive and forward looking presentation which affected the audience and created a very positive vibe among educators that came to IATEFL Manchester from different educational contexts in various parts of the world.

I would like to share the write-up of Petek’s session written by one of the participants of her session. Here is the LINK to the blog post reporting the session.

Petek kindly shared her presentation slides. So, if you would like to get more information regarding her research in audio feedback you can take a look at her presentation.



Any Volunteers? No…! Then, Fun Ways of Nominating Students

I think it happens to all of us from time to time when we ask a question in the class there might be silence in the class. Then, we ask “Any volunteers?”, and go one step further and say “common guys…!” :)

I came across a variety of fun ways of picking students in Ozge Karaoglu’s blog which is one of the blogs I really like reading because it’s full of creative teaching ideas and suggestions. I decided to try out some of the apps to see how they look and to examine whether they are user-friendly.

Dart Board Selector

The first one is Dart-Board Selector. It’s free and all you need to do is to sign up with your e-mail.

ScreenHunter_08 Apr. 04 17.45You need is typing in your class list and once you do that if you would like to try out another app in BarryFunEnglish, your class list will be directly copied onto the next one.

Then, after you are done, you need to hit create and you end up with a dart board which bears the name of your learners.

All you need to do is hit the target and choose one of your students to respond to questions or do the next exercise.

Fruit Machine

If you would like to have something noisy then you may wish to try out the Fruit Machine.

ScreenHunter_09 Apr. 04 18.14It’s an enjoyable app which would put the names of your learners on to a Fruit Machine. All you need to do is wait and see the “lucky one”.

For more apps and ideas you can visit the following links:

More Name Generators 

Students Selectors and Grouping Tools