Reflection on the 19th INGED International ELT Conference by Wioleta Anna Wenclawek Öztem

I had an opportunity to attend and give my own presentation at the 19th INGED International ELT Conference, which took place between 14-16 November. The conference was held by Atılım University in Ankara (School of Foreign Languages). INGED is an international association whose mission is to strengthen the effective teaching and learning of English as a Foreign Language in Turkey while developing international connections.

This conference gathered people from around the world and aimed at sharing experiences and knowledge of current trends in TEFL field and in ELT practices. The participants had multiple opportunities for professional development through an exchange of ideas and practices in ELT and research.

The conference program was packed with various workshops, short paper presentations as well as plenary sessions. The first day started with an opening ceremony and a plenary session led by Simon Phipps. His session, entitled ‘CPD as a way of life’, aimed at raising participants’ awareness of the importance of Continuing Professional Development in today’s world as well as professional learning as a part of this process. He went over theory and presented some practical ways in which we can seek opportunities to develop our professional expertise.

I also joined another session on professional development entitled ‘Thinking outside the box about professional development’ by David Fay and Aycan Yaman-Esen who work for The Regional English Language Office at the US Embassy. The workshop gave an overview of their efforts and exposed participants to several ready-to-use resources and formats for improving the quality of education at both pre- and in-service levels.

On the same day, I also gave my own presentation entitled ‘Personalization as a tool boosting university students’ motivation’. It was a workshop that aimed at presenting different ways of personalizing a lesson content considering its benefits and challenges. The aspects touched upon included relating to students’ lives and interests as well as preparing materials tailored to their needs and experiences. My session presented some practical activities that teachers could use in the classroom, including personalized games, questionnaires and giving students choices. The participants temporarily took on students’ roles and performed some activities in groups and pairs.

Another session I was interested in was the one prepared by two MEF University students, Sedanur Gök and Özge Akaner. They presented their research and experiences on flipped learning approach in English Preparatory Program. It was inspiring to see that their approach was very beneficial for the students in terms of achievement, students’ involvement and the exam results. The session was called ‘Using Flipped Learning Approach in English Preparatory Program: From the Perspectives of Students and Teachers’.

Finally, I joined a session entitled ‘Reading outside the box’ on reading circles in the ELT classroom by Yasemine Salah El-Din. I chose this session because I wanted to get some new ideas and learn about a new practice that could possibly be implemented in our institution. A reading circle is a classroom instructional strategy that gathers small groups of students to collaboratively learn, discuss and critique what they have read. The students take on some roles and lead the circle which gives them autonomy and sense of achievement. We finished the session with some brainstorming on how a reading circle can be used with different language abilities and proficiency levels.

On Friday, I had a chance to join multiple sessions taking place throughout the day. The ones I chose included ‘Monolingual versus Bilingual Grammar Teachers: Who is more effective?’ and the session on ‘Gamification’. I will not go into detail describing all of them but I wanted to share my positive feeling after attending one specific session. Ayşegül Amanda Yeşilbursa gave a wonderful and hilarious session entitled ‘Reflecting on Classroom Interaction Patterns with Hogwarts Teachers’. She used a series of videos from different Harry Potter films to help EFL teachers notice and deal with problematic areas of teaching such as giving instructions, providing feedback, and questioning skills. Obviously, the audience was amused and very happy to watch the videos but most importantly, it helped us focus on linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of classroom interaction and ultimately reflect on our own philosophies of teaching. I wish more sessions like this one were given during conferences and teacher training events.

Overall, this entire experience was very fruitful and enjoyable. I’m glad I had a chance to be a part of this international gathering full of passionate English teachers. I didn’t expect this conference to be so practical and enlightening. INGED definitely focused on sharing experiences, practices and teaching tips rather than presenting theory. I would recommend this conference to anyone who wishes to develop professionally and I would gladly join it one more time in the future.

WEEK 12: 9-13 December

1. Common Time Professional Development Sessions

You can find the details of this week’s sessions below:

DATE & TIME& VENUE TITLE PRESENTER BRIEF INFO
12.12.2019 09:00-10:30
ScOLa 314
Reading club Kezban Altuntaş  Reading text: Cooperative Learning and Conflict Resolution: Essential
21st Century Skills by David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson

Please send an e-mail to presenter by Wednesday if you would like to attend this session so that  she can make the necessary arrangements.

2. Invited Speaker: Tanfer Dinler

As you know, Tanfer Dinler, an entrepreneur and a change-maker, met ScOLa on with ScOLa team on 29th August. However, this was only the Prep Group as the others were on holiday. We would like to inform you that Tanfer Dinler  volunteered to come back meet the all ScOLa team and his talk will be today at 09:40 in the forum area. The talk will be open to everybody-not only to the teachers who missed it in August.

You can find some photos from the previous event and the detailed information about Tanfer Dinler below:

Tanfer Dinler, Traktörünü Satan Bilge

Tanfer Dinler “Çiftçi” ve 28 yıldır İstanbul Üniversitesi’nin yanısıra farklı üniversitelerdeki genç girişimcileri yetiştirmekle kalmayıp onların projelerine doğrudan destek veren bir ”Sosyal Girişimci”dir. Yüze yakın ülkede çalışmalar yaptığı bilinen Tanfer Dinler, uzakdoğu ülkelerindeki deneyimlerinin ışığında hizmet veren bir ”Düşünce Yönetmeni”dir.
Farkındalık ve düşünce yönetimi, etkin kişisel yönetim ve liderlik konularında şirketlere eğitim vermektedir. İnsanların yanısıra bitkileri ve hayvanları da yetiştiren ”Çiftçi” Dinler; köy köy dolaşarak yarattığı kolektif bilinçle çiftçiler ve köy kadınları için katılımcı projeleri hazırlamakta ve yaşama geçirmektedir. Tanfer Dinler, AB ülkelerinde eşdeğeri olmayan Tarım Sigortaları Havuzu TARSİM’in yasa hazırlayıcısı, sistem kurucusu, isim babası ve mimarıdır. Mevcut edinimlerinin tamamını eşiyle birlikte kırk yıldır yürüttüğü köy çocukları eğitim projesi için kullanan Dinler, binlerce köy çocuğunun yaşama tutunmasında da anlamlı bir rol üstlenmiştir.

Reflection on the conference “Towards Higher Education: Teaching for a Better World in 21st Century” by Şule Bakırcan Yalçın

GENERAL OVERVIEW
Boğaziçi University School of Languages held their second ELT Conference on 27-28 September this year. The conference was named Towards Higher Education: Teaching for a Better World in 21st Century. The aim of the conference was to integrate global issues into ELT classes and bring attention to the ways to raise learners’ awareness about prevalent contemporary problems such as migration, global warming, inequality, overpopulation and health problems. The plenary talks, sessions and workshop addressed the need to integrate 21st century skills such as social awareness, empathy, technology literacy, information literacy, media literacy, collaboration, creativity, flexibility and critical thinking into the language classes.

MINDFULNESS AS A 21st CENTURY SKILL
I delivered a workshop named “Mindfulness Activities for Language Learners” in the conference. Mindfulness is one of personal interests which I believe helps the modern individual to cope with the stress and chaos of the modern life. In this workshop, I tried to integrate ELT and Mindfulness. In ELT, as teachers, managers and curriculum developers we may place too much focus on our academic objectives and forget that learners are young human beings with a lot of emotions, stressors and lack of coping strategies with them. Language learning brings about an additional set of emotions (anxiety, boredom, hopelessness and lack of self-confidence) to the educational settings. As language teachers we do our best to contain these feelings as much as possible but sometimes we are out of solutions. In the 21st century as educators, our job is to support the learners not only in their academic skills but also in their life skills which will help them to grow into whole, resilient and competent individuals. Learners who cultivate these life skills will be able to deal with the challenges and stressors in their life and achieve better academic results. Mindfulness based pedagogies and practices are a way to instil these life skills in learners. Mindfulness practices have been quite popular for the last three decades and aim to improve attention regulation, develop non-judgmental awareness and cultivate the acceptance of present moment. In many countries mindfulness has become a part of the curriculum and there has been a growing evidence about the positive results of mindfulness practices on academic achievement.

MY WORKSHOP
In the workshop, I introduced the mindfulness concept and its effects on learning and learners. Then, the participants had a hands-on experience with mindfulness activities designed specifically for ELT classes and language learners. The participation was high and the feedback to the workshop was very positive. The participants shared their interest and enthusiasm to share the activities in their classes. It was my first conference presentation and the fact that it was in my alma mater was an invaluable experience for me. I would like to extend my thanks to my colleagues and director who gave me inspiration and supported me in this process.

Reflection on EAQUALS: Training for Excellence by Şule Bakırcan Yalçın & Nazlı Öztürk

EAQUALS: TRAINING FOR EXCELLENCE- KRAKOW

Annual Training event for Eaquals members took place on 22nd & 23rd of November 2019 in Krakow, Poland this year. It was organized around the theme of “Training for Excellence” and provided two full days of training on three strands, two of which attendees could choose to participate. From our university, our director Nergis Uyan and team leaders Nazlı Öztürk and Şule Bakırcan Yalçın attended the training. The training started with a plenary talk delivered by Liam Brown on “Customer Focused Working – ways of paying attention to what matters”. In his inspirational presentation, Brown focused on how to make an institution exceptional. He emphasized that the human component in business interactions should be prioritized for success. Creating emotionally engaging experiences, acknowledging the uniqueness of each customer, adding element of positive surprise rather than trying to get rid of all complaints and choosing your niche areas of strength and excel at them rather than trying to be good at all areas were a few of the inspiring thoughts from the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRAND 1: INCLUSION AND SEN

Varinder Unlu, the co-founder and coordinator of the Inclusive Practices and SENs IATEFL SIG, and now the coordinator of IATEFL’s Global Issues SIG, presented the session on Inclusion and SEN (Students with specific Needs). The training was separated into three sessions. In the first part, Mrs. Unlu informed the participants about what inclusion and exclusion mean, and raised their awareness about their attitudes towards diversity and equality. In the second part, the participants had a chance to discuss how much they apply an inclusive approach through transforming the content, teaching, policies and strategies regarding the broad spectrum of learning needs and differences in their context. Also, the challenges and benefits of creating an inclusive environment both in the classroom and the workplace were discussed. In the last part, the participants learned how to identify and support learners with learning differences such as dyslexia, autism, visual and hearing impairments. The activities held aimed to help the audience empathize with the learners that have specific needs and therefore, this part was very thought provoking and enlightening for the participants. All in all, this training gave the participants an insight into how to embrace diversity and see it as an enrichment, rather than a problem both in the classroom and the workplace.

STRAND 2: APPLICATION OF CEFR

Peter Brown, Founder Chair of EAQUALS and Thom Kiddle, Director of Norwich Institute for Language Education(NILE) gave the training on CEFR together. The training was about a new addition to CEFR descriptors, Mediation, which was introduced in the new Mediation Scale in the Companion Volume (2018). Unlike the current CEFR descriptors, Mediation descriptors do not only focus on language competencies for communicative purposes but they also add a more action-oriented, situation-based language usage perspective. This new scale gives language teachers and curriculum developers a chance to integrate language development and workplace soft skills (skills needed for intercultural communication, customer services, business meetings, etc.) It also adds the quality (how well) component to the scale in addition to its current quantitative (how much) perspective. The presentation shared a sample study which was conducted using a customer-based needs analysis with the new mediation scale and discussed the future possibilities that this new scale might open up in terms of language teaching. The participants also got the chance to plan a lesson based on new descriptors in groups. The training gave a very eye-opening and innovative perspective about language competencies in 21st century, a time when communication can no longer be thought separate from modern world soft-skills.

STRAND 3: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Alec Pearson, founder of Pearson Communication, currently teaches ILM leadership, management and professional skills programmes to students at The University of Glasgow. In the training, he focused on Transformational Leadership in language institutions. As language training sector is a highly-changing field, he emphasized the responsibility of leaders to guide their teams in times of transformation. In the first part of the training, Pearson introduced the basic concepts of change management, the qualities of successful leaders, the tools to create new mind-set in the teams. In the second half of the training, the participants found the opportunity to join group discussions about the challenges and experiences of transformation in terms of language teaching. The discussions gave the participants an opportunity to hear about experiences of change from their colleagues who work in diverse contexts.

THE CHANCE TO CONNECT

The Eaquals “Training for Exellence” event was not only a well-designed training programme but a well-planned social gathering that united members of EAQUALS from all over the world. We got the chance to meet the board members, delegate members, inspectors and collaborates of EAQUALS in the sessions and in the event dinners. The dinners gave us a chance to experience the unique culture and taste of beautiful Krakow. We would like to extend our thanks to EAQUALS for this amazing experience and our university and our director Nergis Uyan for providing us the chance to take part in it.

WEEK 11: 2-6 December

1. Common time sessions

Date & Time & Venue Presenter Title Brief info about the session
05.12.2019

14:45-16:30 ScOLa 220

Elmas Onbaşı Gül Metacognition in Practicum: A Self-Reflective Writing Study In this session, the participants will be provided with the benefits of self-reflection writing data which I conducted during 2018-2019 academic year in my classes.
The aim of this presentation is to share the data of positive effects of reflective writing in students’ language learning and how reflective writing contributes to develop students’ metacognitive skills.
05.12.2019

14:45-16:30 ScOLa 314

Kezban Altuntaş Reading club Reading text: Comparing Frameworks for
21st Century Skills by Chris Dede

Please send an e-mail to presenters by Wednesday if you would like to attend this session so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

2. December Birthdays

WEEK 10: 25-29 November

1. Dr. Burak Kandemir’s Presentation


On November 14, Dr. Burak Kandemir met the students who have taken ENG303 and gave a speech. Dr. Kandemir explained the effective ways of presenting a business idea in a professional manner and persuading the listeners. Dr. Kandemir also clarified how a successful business proposal can be written. As an experienced engineer in the field, he also answered the questions regarding the sector. Below is Dr. Kandemir’s bio data.

Burak Kandemir (PhD.), Senior Manager – Ernst & Young

Burak began his career in 1998 in Arçelik/Beko, where he worked in International Sales, Production Engineering, and Supply Chain until 2011, and Stock and Distribution Planning Manager from 2011 until 2014. He worked as Integrated Planning Manager in Nobel İlaç between 2014 and 2015, and Supply Chain Edge Applications Solutions Leader in Turkey, North Africa and Central Asia in Oracle from 2015 until 2017. He now works in the Performance Improvement Advisory practice at Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager.

Burak holds a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering (1998), MSc in Engineering Management (2001) and PhD in Supply Chain Management (2009), all from Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He is also lecturing Supply Chain Management in Istanbul Technical University as a visiting scholar. Burak is a member of System Dynamics Society, Logistics Society, Supply Chain Professionals Club, I.T.U. Alumni and has participated in various summits and conferences as a spokesperson.
As ScOLa, we would like to thank Dr. Burak Kandemir for offering such a nice opportunity to our students.

 

2. Common time sessions

Date & Time & Venue Presenter Title Brief info about the session
28.11.2019
09:00-10:30ScOLa 220
Sinem Altuğ Gamification in the classroom The aim of this session is to give some ideas about the use of gamification in classroom. The participants will be involved in the activities to be done during the session.
28.11.2019
09:00-10:30ScOLa 314
Elmas Onbaşı Gül Metacognition in Practicum: A Self-Reflective Writing Study In this session, the participants will be provided with the benefits of self-reflection writing data which I conducted during 2018-2019 academic year in my classes.
The aim of this presentation is to share the data of positive effects of reflective writing in students’ language learning and how reflective writing contributes to develop students’ metacognitive skills.

Please send an e-mail to presenters by Wednesday if you would like to attend this session so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

WEEK 9: 18-24 November

1. EAQUALS 2019 Webinar Series 

Date: 27th November 14.00 (UK time)
Click here to join webinar at 2pm (UK time) on 27 November

Jill Coleman: Make Outstanding the Norm

‘Satisfactory’ is no longer good enough. Bell is a well-known provider of language courses in the UK and overseas, and as a management team we decided that our goal should be to achieve excellence in language teaching and learning in every classroom.

Students expect an excellent learning experience when they study in a language school. This talk will look at the practical initiatives which we have recently introduced in order to show the teachers in our schools what we expect of them, to encourage them to be reflective in their practice, to strive for excellence, and not simply be satisfied with ‘ok’ lessons.

These are linked to each other and include:

‘The Bell Way’ – 6 principles underpinning our approach to teaching and learning and demonstrating our commitment to our learners. These feature in each new teacher’s induction programme.
A comprehensive CPD programme, which takes into account the fact that some teachers are newly qualified with a CELTA, while others may be teacher trainers or have 30 years’ experience.
Annual quality assurance observations, which set the agenda for the year in terms of the performance management process for individual teachers. Analysis of the results of these informs the future direction of INSET sessions.
Developmental and peer observations, which play an important part in helping teachers to focus and reflect on specific aspects of their current practice.
A programme of teacher research, mainly in the form of supported experiments conducted by individual teachers. Every year each teacher chooses a research question and devises a robust cycle of experimentation / research which seeks answers to it. Conclusions are shared with colleagues.

Meet Jill Coleman

Jill has worked in education throughout her career and has been at Bell since 2008, in various roles. For the past two years she has been Learning and Teaching Manager at the Cambridge School. She works as part of a team promoting the highest possible standards of teaching and learning – so she strives towards ‘making outstanding the norm’.

2. Macmillan Education Webinar: Jon Hird – Extended Speaking in the Classroom (and the Importance of Planning)

Agenda: This practical webinar considers the importance of pre-task planning in classroom speaking activities and looks at research evidence of how this can result in significantly increased fluency, complexity and grammatical accuracy. We will look at how a planning stage can be integrated into a speaking activity and along the way we will listen to and briefly assess a student undertaking a classroom speaking task. The session will be illustrated with material from Language Hub.

Date & Registration links:

20 November 2019
10:00 AM Europe/London
Register

20 November 2019
04:00 PM Europe/London
Register

About the Speaker

Jon is based in Oxford, UK, where he divides his time between teaching English at the University of Oxford, teacher training and writing ELT materials. Jon has a particular interest in Grammar, English for Academic Purposes and dyslexia and learning English. He has written and contributed to a number of ELT publications, including co-authoring the B1 level of Macmillan’s brand new course book series ‘Language Hub’.

3. Happy Teacher’s Day!

We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our Teacher’s Day.

OzU Writing Center

OzU Writing Center

About Us

OzU Writing Center began to operate during 2013-2014 Academic Year within the body of School of Languages. The center having been located on B2 floor of the Library until recently is now offering services in its new premises on the ground floor of the Library in room G12-I. Our center gives support to all the undergraduate students and graduate students depending on the availability) in areas listed below:

– improving academic writing skills in English (e.g. citing, referencing, analyzing, paraphrasing and so on.)
– giving feedback on the assignments, research papers, projects that the students are given by their departments,
– checking application forms for job, internship and education opportunities in terms of clarity, format, lexical and grammatical accuracy; thus, guiding the students,
– arranging presentations and workshops for students in small groups to improve academic writing skills that they experience difficulty.

Consultants

Dr. Mahir Sarıgül
Mr. Ali Nezami

For further information you can contact the consultants:

mahir.sarigul@ozyegin.edu.tr

ali.nezami@ozyegin.edu.tr

ÖzÜ Yazma Merkezi

Hakkımızda

ÖzÜ Yazma Merkezi, Yabancı Diller Yüksek Okulu bünyesinde 2013-2014 Akademik Yılı Güz döneminde faaliyete geçmiştir. Yakın zamana kadar Merkez Kütüphane’nin B2 katındaki ofiste hizmet veren ÖzÜ Yazma Merkezi, 2019-2020 Akademik Yılı Güz dönemi itibariyle Merkez Kütüphane’nin giriş katındaki G12-I no’lu yeni ofiste hizmet vermeye başlamıştır. Merkezimiz, lisans öğrencilerine (olanaklar elverdiği ölçüde de yüksek lisans ve doktora öğrencilerine), aşağıdaki hususlar doğrultusunda yüz yüze destek vermektedir:

– İngilizce akademik yazma becerilerini geliştirmek (alıntılama, kaynak gösterme, analiz etme, başka şekilde ifade etme vb.);
– Öğrenim gördükleri bölümlerde verilen ödev, araştırma yazısı, proje gibi akademik yazılara geri-bildirim ve önerilerde bulunmak;
– Yurtdışı staj, iş ve eğitim başvurusu gibi konularda yazdıkları mektupları gözden geçirip gerektiğinde format, sözcük uygunluğu ve dilbilgisel doğruluk noktalarında değerlendirme yaparak yönlendirmek;
– Dönem içinde belirli bir program dâhilinde öğrencilere, küçük gruplar halinde, genelde sorun yaşadıkları akademik yazma becerilerine yönelik sunumlar ve atölye çalışmaları düzenlemek.

Danışmanlar

Dr. Mahir Sarıgül
Ali Nezami

Daha fazla detay için danışmanlar ile iletişime geçebilirsiniz:

mahir.sarigul@ozyegin.edu.tr
ali.nezami@ozyegin.edu.tr

WEEK 7: 4 – 8 November

Dear all,

please find the news for this week below:

1. Common Time Professional Development Sessions

You can find the details of this week’s sessions below:

DATE & TIME& VENUE TITLE PRESENTER BRIEF INFO
07.11.2019

09:00-10:30

ScOLa 314

Reading Club Kezban Altuntaş Reading Text:

Problem-Based Learning: The Foundation for 21st
Century Skills by
John Barell

Please send an e-mail to presenter by Wednesday if you would like to attend this session so that she can make the necessary arrangements.

Week 6: 28 Oct -1 Nov

Dear all,

please find the news for this week below:

1. Common Time Professional Development Sessions

You can find the details of this week’s sessions below:

DATE & TIME& VENUE TITLE PRESENTER BRIEF INFO
31.10.2019
14:45-16:30 

ScOLa 220

Gamification in the classroom Sinem Altuğ The aim of this session is to give some ideas about the use of gamification in classroom. The participants will be involved in the activities to be done during the session.
31.10.2019
14:45-16:30ScOLa 314
Reading Club Kezban Altuntaş Reading text: Comparing Frameworks for
21st Century Skills by Chris Dede

Please send an e-mail to presenters by Wednesday if you would like to attend this session so that they can make the necessary arrangements.

2. November Birthdays