WEEK 4: 20-24 Feb. 2017

Dear all,

here are this week’s highlights:

– 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:

  1. TLDU2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR  SPRING SEMESTER
    SESSION TITLE DATE TIME
    Beyza: SESSION 1

    ICT Reading Club – Mobile Learning

    Uses of QR Codes

     

    23 February, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Nazan: SESSION 1:

    Creating Student-Centred Classes

     

    2 March, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Beyza:  SESSION 1 Repeated:

    ICT Reading Club – Mobile Learning

    Uses of QR Codes

     

    Nazan: SESSION 1 Repeated:

    Creating Student-Centred Classes

     

    9 March, 2017 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
    Beyza:  SESSION 2 ICT Reading Club Connect Type Activities

    Preparing Classroom Materials with Videos

    23 March, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Nazan & Meltem: SESSION 2

    Drama For English Teachers:

    PART 1

     

    30  March, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Beyza:  SESSION 2 ICT Reading Club Repeated

    Connect Type Activities

    Preparing Classroom Materials with Videos

    Nazan & Meltem: SESSION 2 Repeated:

    Drama For English Teachers: PART 1

    20 April,2017

     

    Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
    Beyza: SESSION 3

    ICT Reading Club Social Learning

    Uses of Online Chat Rooms in Classroom

    27 April, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Nazan:  SESSION 3

    Using Different Reading Activities in Classroom

    27 April, 2017 Morning: 09:00-10:15
    Beyza: SESSION 3  Repeated

    ICT Reading Club Social Learning

    Uses of Online Chat Rooms in Classroom

    May 4, 2017

     

    Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
    Nazan:  SESSION 3 – Repeated

    Using Different Reading Activities in Classroom

    11 May, 2017 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15
  2. We would also like to inform you that the fourth annual Educational Technology Summit is going to be held on March 4th, 2017.  There will be panel sessions of international and local experts as well as various workshops.  The purpose of the EdTech Summit is to bring together educators, technology companies, entrepreneurs, managers and the media under one roof. This event will include local and international experts, interactive workshops and panel discussions. The focus of the Summit, the first of its kind in Turkey, is to explore the latest trends in this field by raising new questions, and sharing best practice, in an age shaped by the widespread use of new technologies in education.

    You can get more information using the following link:

    http://www.egitimteknolojilerizirvesi.com/en/index.php#

  3. Our ScOLa Clubs started last week. Please find the posters and photos from the first sessions below. Can you please remind your students once again?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3: 13-17 Feb. 2017

Dear all,

please find this week’s highlights:

  1. Our joint event with British council will take place this Friday. Please find the detals below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. There will be Cambridge English Webinars for Teachers on assessment. Please find the details below:

Dear webinar colleague

Join us for the fifth in our series of six webinars on Understanding Assessment: 

Understanding listening assessment: what every teacher should know

on Monday 20 February 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time*)
and Thursday 23 February 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time*).

*Check the times of the webinar where you are: Monday and Thursday

Overview

Listening is the least researched language skill and perhaps the most difficult to teach. What makes a skilled listener? How does listening differ from reading? How does accent impact listening? These are some of the questions teachers face in their daily jobs. This webinar will address those (and other) questions and focus on various aspects of assessing listening such as cognitive and contextual factors affecting listening, variety of accents, linguistic resources and text and task purpose.

3. Please be infmormed of the webinar on phonology. The details are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to join:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro84pn5lb7I

Wish you all a smooth new week,

Best,

TLDU

WEEK 2: 6 -10 Feb 2017

Dear all,

We hope you had a great start to the new module.

Here are this week’s items:

1. Please be informed that there has been a change in the venue of Bedra Girgin’s session entitled “Photography in the Classroom”.  The session is going to be on February 9 at 09:00 and 14:45 in 314. Depending on your timetables, you can join the session either in the morning or in the afternoon. Please find the details for the session below:

The majority of our students are quite fond of shooting photos, most of the time selfies, with their smart phones to share on social media.  Can it be possible to reshape their perception of photography and at the same time enable them to practice language by using photos more effectively in our classes? Can our students even become the providers of these photos and contribute to the lesson?  The session aims to offer various uses of digital photography in a language classroom to increase student participation and promote creativity.  Finally, further suggestions and questions will be invited.

 

2. We would like to update you about the ML Sessions through Nergis Enmutlu’s message:

ML Instructors had the opportunity to have a fruitful Spring Semester Prep period.

Below are the sessions organized by the ML Instructors:

  1. “Teacher Talk Time: What is it? How can we reduce it?” Whole group sharing session.

We had identified “Reducing TTT” and “Error Correction” topics after the MLP observations. For that purpose, we opened a folder on Z-Drive and all the ML instructors  uploaded the articles/links they found useful there. The articles were in different languages but mostly in English. 2 days before the session, we read the articles, took notes and then we got together to discuss the following questions:

  1. Why do teachers talk in class? (We listed the functions on the board)
  2. Which functions are crucial/ which of them could be reduced?
  3. How can STT be increased?
  4. What is the role of lesson planning in reducing TTT?
  5. How can we allocate meaningful tasks to the students in A1 classes?
  6. How can we extend the production of the students? How can we enable them to produce longer chunks?

We concluded that awareness on the issue helps teachers to find ways of reducing TTT. Lesson planning and the Interaction Pattern obviously are the key indicators. The group decided to do peer observations to learn from each other.

“The comparison between the connotations of the words for animals in Russian and Turkish” by Elena Napolnova.

 

In this very interesting session, we gained insights into the Russian and Turkish cultures as well as the different perceptions about some animals in both cultures. It was a thought provoking session.

  1. “German Education System” by Handan Yıldız.

 

In this session, we learned about the German Education system. We discussed the impacts of some practices as well as the differences between the Turkish and German education systems.

ML instructors attended 2 more sessions during the prep days. Ernoyan Çavdar, the person responsible for LMS gave a session on the advanced use of LMS. Scorm Packages and  Lesson functions were among the topics.

Another very fruitful session was  on Proctorio. We learned how online proctoring is done by experiencing it ourselves. Most of us proved to be cheaters!!

 

It was great to be together and learn together. We hope to carry on with the sessions.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the sessions by giving a session or attending a session.

Nergis Enmutlu

 

Wish you all a smooth and fruitful new week.

TLDU

WEEK 1: 30 Jan.-3 Feb. 2017

Hello all,
welcome back 🙂

We hope you all had a relaxing break and wish you a great Spring module!

We’ll continue keeping you updated through weekly ScOLa News and here are some of this week’s highlights:

1. We are pleased to announce our joint-event organised by the British Council and Özyeğin University on ‘Exploring English, Skills and Employability: Industry, Alumni and Academia’.

This event intends to bring together speakers and guests from industry, academia and alumni to seek answers to the following questions:

•             How well do universities prepare their graduates for industry as far as English provision is concerned?

•             What are employers looking for as far as English skills are concerned and how can they collaborate with universities to ensure these expectations are met?

•             What are good examples/practices of industry feeding into the university English curriculum?

•             What are some of the challenges graduates face in meeting the demands of the international workforce in terms of English language skills?

•             How can the current English curriculum in universities be improved to enhance the employability prospects of their graduates?

 Please click to reach the  event website

We look forward to seeing all of you at the event. If you are planning to attend the conference, you are expected to make the necessary arrangements with your responsibilities.  If you have classes, please follow the regular make-up procedures.

Date: 17 February 2017

Venue Details: Özyeğin University, Çekmeköy Campus Nisantepe District, Orman Street, 34794 Çekmeköy – İSTANBUL / Law Faculty LF_AB3.150 Auditorium

 RSVP by 3 February 2017:

If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail to the conference committee.

aylin.yurtsever@ozyegin.edu.tr

gulcin.cosgun@ozyegin.edu.tr

esra.celik@ozyegin.edu.tr

nergis.akbay@ozyegin.edu.tr

2. This module three new instructors joined our family.

ŞAFAK ÇELİK

ÖZGE ONAY

DUYGU OLCAY

In order to have a smooth transition, they attended the orientation programme which included sessions about the university and the system of the ScOLa.

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. We would like to update you about the Shaexperience Sessions through Mahir Hoca’s message:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we, as UGE Courses group, have been organizing sessions where we share our experiences in terms of classroom practices, academic studies (i.e. master thesis, PhD dissertations, research papers, and so on.) and/or applications and tools through Internet. This we call Sharing Experience Sessions or in short, Shaexperience Sessions that has been going on for four years. The sole purpose of these sessions is, as the name suggests, to share what we experienced or are experiencing in or outside the class and thus attempt to create an awareness about what our colleagues are doing. Started in 2013, Shaexperience Sessions have been carried out especially after the semestre ends, during the prep days when groups prepare for the oncoming semestre. This year, as usual, we have conducted these sessions in two weeks and throughout this period, we have been able to realize 9 sessions that were open to all faculty in ScOLa. The presenters have shared their in-class practices, research findings or online tools with other UGE, ML and Prep instructors.

I believe these sessions have been most fruitful as they all received very positive feedback. More importantly, it provides the opportunity for the group members to get to know each other better and be more aware of what their interests are in their field of study. Therefore, we are expecting every one to participate and/or present at Shaexperience Sessions to be held in the near future.

Following instructors have contributed to Spring 2017  Shaexperience Sessions with their valuable presentations/workshops listed as below. Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of them. I am really proud to be working with such a dedicated, prolific and competent group of teachers and researchers.

Dr Mahir Sarıgül

UGE Program Coordinator

1. Dr Aslı Sağlam –      “ConsequentIal valIdIty of a local theme-based hIgh-stakes English language proficiency test”

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Aslı Sağlam –         “The Experience of Designing an Online Teacher Research Training”

 

 

 

 

 

2. Bedra Girgin   –          “Photography in the Classroom”

 

 

 

 

 

3. Dilek Salkı       –          An Overview of the Prep Curriculum Renewal and Needs Analysis Process”

 

 

 

 

 

4. Mehmet Demir –        “Excel for all needs!”

 

 

 

 

 

5. Sedef E. Giovanelli – “The Representation of Food Culture as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era”

 

 

 

 

 

6. Sevgül Akbuz    –        Implementation of the Principles of the Bologna Process in English Courses in  Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Turkey”

 

 

 

 

 

7. Dr Yamen Rahwan –   Basics of Google Docs for Instructors”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Yamen Rahwan –   Effective Use of Turn-it-in”

 

 

 

 

 

4. We would like to inform you that Bedra Girgin is going to deliver her session entitled “Photography in the Classroom” on February 9 at 09:00 and 14:45 in 220. Depending on your timetables, you can join the session in the morning or in the afternoon. Please find the details for the session below:

The majority of our students are quite fond of shooting photos, most of the time selfies, with their smart phones to share on social media.  Can it be possible to reshape their perception of photography and at the same time enable them to practice language by using photos more effectively in our classes? Can our students even become the providers of these photos and contribute to the lesson?  The session aims to offer various uses of digital photography in a language classroom to increase student participation and promote creativity.  Finally, further suggestions and questions will be invited.

 

Once again happy new module! 🙂

 

 

CONFERENCES

NOVEMBER 2016:

  • @ELTalks International Classroom Practitioner Perspective conference

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20th, 2016

CONFERENCE DATE: 24th to 26th November 2016

VENUE: Ahmet Keleşoğlu Faculty of Education, Necmettin Erbakan University , Konya

WEBSITE: www.eltalks.org

MARCH 2017:

  • 40th Annual National Convention TESOL-SPAIN: Evolving and Involving

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31th, 2016

CONFERENCE DATE: 3-5 March, 2017

VENUE: Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche 

WEBSITE: http://www.tesol-spain.org/en/pages/1/convention-2017.html

 

  • 38TH TESOL GREECE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION: Keepıng ıt practıcal

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: DECEMBER 4th, 2016

CONVERENCE DATE: 18th-19th March, 2017

VENUE: ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL, ATHENS

WEBSITE: http://tesolgreece.org/news/item/1005-call-for-participation-38th-tesol-greece-annual-international-convention.html

 

  • 23rd TESOL ARABIA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION: Advancing the ELT Profession

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15th, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 9-11 March, 2017

VENUE: THE RITZ CARLTON. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

WEBSITE http://www.tesolarabia.co/conference/proposals/

  • 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1st, 2016

CONFERENCE DATE: 6-8 MARCH, 2017

VENUE: VALENCIA (SPAIN)

WEBSITE: https://iated.org/inted/mailingOCT.html

25th Annual HUPE Conference

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31st, 2016

CONFERENCE DATE: 24-26 MARCH, 2017

VENUE: SIBENIK/CROATIA

WEBSITE: http://www.hupe.hr/index.php/conference-2/news

APRIL 2017:

  • Bogazici University School of Foreign Languages 1st ELT Conference: “Towards Higher Education: Bridging the Gap between Secondary Education and Higher Education”

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15th, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 15 April, 2017

VENUE: BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY, ISTANBUL

WEBSITE: http://www.theconference.boun.edu.tr/index.php

 MAY 2017:

  • 15th ELTA SERBIA CONFERENCE: Awaken your Curiosity

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: MARCH 7th, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 19-20 May, 2017

VENUE: SINGIDUNUM UNIVERSITY, BELGRADE

WEBSITE: http://elta.org.rs/2014/12/02/15th-elta-conference/

  • The GlobELT 2017: The Third International Conference on Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: February 13, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 18-21 May 2017.

VENUE: Ephesus, Selcuk, Turkey

WEBSITE: http://www.globeltconference.com/

 JUNE 2017:

  • International Language Symposium Brno

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 2.2.2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 1-3 June 2017

VENUE: Czech Republic

WEBSITE: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4f93b88728f1607fdfbda26c9&id=e0b380d51b

  • NFEAP 2017: EAP and Positioning – Call for Papers

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 17th, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 08-09 June, 2017

VENUE: Oslo, Norway

WEBSITE: http://www.hioa.no/LSB/EAP/Norwegian-Forum-for-English-for-Academic-Purposes/NFEAP-2017-EAP-and-Positioning-Call-for-Papers

 

  • 1st FIPLV East European Regional Congress 26th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference Learning and teaching languages: Creating bridges to the future 

 

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: MARCH 10th, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 22-25 June, 2017

VENUE: Varna, Bulgaria

WEBSITE: http://www.beta-iatefl.org/annual-conference/conference-call/

 

AUGUST 2017

  • Diversity in Applied Linguistics: Opportunities, Challenges, Questions

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: MARCH 31st, 2017

CONFERENCE DATE: 31 Aug -2 Sep, 2017

VENUE: the School of Education and the Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, UK

WEBSITE: http://www.baal2017.org.uk/

 

 

Week 18: 16-20 Jan 2017

Dear all,

here are the highlights of the recent weeks.

 

1.

2016-2017 Academic Year Spring Semestre

Shaexperience Sessions

9 – 20 Jan 2017

Weeks Days Remarks
 

 

 

 

 

16-20 Jan 2017

 

 

16 Jan  2017 Mon 17 Jan  2017 Tue  18 Jan  2017 Wed 19 Jan  2017 Thu 20 Jan  2017 Fri Courses Groups
09:00 – 16:45

Shaexperience Sessions-2 Food Culture as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Turkey by Sedef G. @09:30-10:30 a.m. in FEAS 110

09:00 – 16:45

Shaexperience Sessions-5 by Bedra G. @09:30-10:30 a.m. in FEAS 110

 

09:00 – 16:45

Shaexperience Sessions-6 Effective Use of Excel in UGE settings by Mehmed D. @09:30-10:30 a.m. in FEAS 110

Shaexperience Sessions-5 The Implementation of Bologna Process Principles in English Courses in Bachelor’s Degree Programmes in Turkey by Sevgül A. @ 13:00 – 14:00  in FEAS 110

 

09:00 – 12:00

Shaexperience Sessions-7 An Overview of the ScOLa Prep Needs Analysis and Curriculum Renewal Process by Dilek S. @10:00-11:00 a.m in FEAS 110

09:00 – 12:00

Shaexperience Sessions-8 Consequential validity of a local theme-based high-stakes English language proficiency test by Aslı S.@11:15-12:15 a.m. in FEAS 110

 

2.

Dear webinar colleague

Join us for the fourth in our series of six webinars on Understanding Assessment:  Understanding reading comprehension assessment: what every teacher should know

on Monday 23 January 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time*) and Wednesday 25 January 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time*).

*Check the times of the webinar where you are: Monday and Wednesday

 

Overview

We will start this webinar by exploring what reading comprehension consists of and what we do in real life when we read. This will be the basis for addressing key questions such as: Which aspects of reading comprehension should we test? What kind of texts and tasks should be used? How should responses be scored? We will also consider the role that language proficiency of the intended test takers plays in answering these questions.

 

3. B1 Project Update

Although the B1 project class started with 90 students, 33 students completed it successfully. Students were expected to attend the 90% of the sessions and complete all the oral or written tasks during and after each session as well as the final project which was shooting a short movie. The first phase of the project started with the input sessions/tasks which provided students with the opportunity to read and listen to different views of different parties on the generational differences and challenges of teaching the new generation. All the tasks were in line with B1 level objectives and some of the tasks completed were conducting interviews with their teachers, reporting their interviews in the sessions, participating in group discussions, conducting research on the issue and presenting their findings orally in the classroom. For each task they were assessed based on the criteria that had been shared with them.  The second phase of the project started with narrowing their topics down and learning about the features of shooting an effective short movie. They were supposed to choose a problem related to teaching the new generation, to raise awareness of others on the issue and propose a solution directly/indirectly. Each week they also completed a different step (submitting project proposal, describing the characters and main scenes, writing the first draft of their scenario, etc.) and received feedback to make necessary revisions. Since they worked hard, took responsibility and managed their time effectively, they could produce great projects and we would like to share the ones for which we got the permission from students. We hope you will enjoy them.

Links for the videos:

 

 

4. 2016-2017 Fall Semester Study Center Figures

This semester, ScOLa Study center assissted our Prep students who would like to get some kind of help in their English language learning journey. During Fall semester, Study Center provided support  to our students 124 times.  The group which made use of the center the most is the A2 level of students who consulted to the center 95 times. “grammar” was the area that the students asked for support in the most (68 times) which was followed by “writing” (38 times). It was observed that most of the students who consulted the Study Center came again.  While 9 students came to the center more than twice, 9 students came more than 5 times. One student came to the center 28 times.

Study Center also provided external support to the Vertical Transfer Students who started the semester late resulting in missing the first few weeks’ topics.  These students came to the center twice a week for five weeks to attend the support lessons designed specifically for them.

We were happy to provide this extra support to our students who felt the need. We hope to reach more students by making them aware of the support we provide and the impact of this external help.

 

 

Week 13: 12-16 December

Dear all,

We hope you all have a good Monday!

Here are the upcoming events that we would like to share with you:

1.

webinr-2

You are invited to participate in a webinar “Understanding Assessment: Understanding writing assessment: what every teacher should know” on Monday 12 December 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time*)  and Wednesday 14 December 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time*). 

Overview

Looking at written work is a common method of assessment familiar to many teachers, but when we think about writing assessment more carefully, there are many questions to address. What kinds of writing samples should be assessed? What should be done with writing samples once we have them? What criteria should be used to assess writing? We address these issues in this webinar, and show how thinking about the purpose and context of assessment can help us to answer these questions.

If you are interested, please go to the following link to register:

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/resources-for-teachers/webinars/general/understanding-writing-assessment-what-every-teacher-should-know/12-and-14-december-2016/

 

2.

If you were not able to attend Nazan’s session on grammar teaching, this week you have another chance. Please find the details below.

Nazan:  SESSION 2

Grammar Presentation: Is it out of Fashion?

 

15 December, 2016 Afternoon: 15:00- 16:15

 

3.

Shaexperience Session -1 (2016)

This week Ayfer Karaca from UGE and Cafer Çavdar from Lifelong Learning Academy will give this year’s first Shaexperience session on how to use Google Docs. The session will take about 60 minutes it will focus on helping teachers and administrators use Google Docs in their daily practices with zero cost for registration and follow-up process. For educational institutions, it is important to generate, process and track the data in a timely fashion. This presentation will illustrate how best to attain that standard of efficiency. Firstly, “google docs” will be introduced with a specific focus on working collaboratively on projects with others who may not be there physically. Secondly, the presentation will explore how these documents interact with each other and how to ensure they work properly. Finally, practical ways of tracking communication will be explained. The whole session will be hands-on, with enough room for questions at the end. Please also be informed that the session will be conducted in Turkish.

Date: 15.12.2016

Time: 14:45-15:45

Venue: SCOLA 126

 

4.

webinar

IATEFL TEASIG invite you to participate in their webinar with Cornée Ferreira (Driestar University, Gouda, The Netherlands), on 20 December 2016 at 5pm GMT / 6pm CET.
Cornée will be speaking on Implementing assessment for learning step by step

The webinar is open to anyone who is interested and you will be able to ask the speaker questions during and/or after the event, time permitting. It will be recorded and available in the IATEFL members area after the event has aired.   You can access the webinar here

 

Research evidence shows that the use of Assessment for Learning (AfL) can benefit classroom learning. Though considerable effort has been done to translate AfL theory into practice (e.g. by the Assessment Reform Group in the UK) very little has been published on how to implement AfL in English language classrooms. During this talk an implementation plan will be discussed. This plan was implemented by an EFL team in the Netherlands with positive results.
Cornée has extensive experience in EFL teaching in mainstream education in the Netherlands and has been involved in teacher education for fifteen years. Her research interests include assessment for learning, language development, and vocabulary learning. She is currently doing a PhD in applied linguistics at the University of Reading.

 

Best,

TLDU

 

Week 12: 5-9 December

Dear all,

We hope you have had a good start to the new week and would like to inform you about the upcoming events at our school.

Shaexperience Session -1 (2016)

This week Ayfer Karaca from UGE and Cafer Çavdar from Lifelong Learning Academy will give this year’s first Shakespearance session on how to use Google Docs. The session will take about 60 minutes it will focus on helping teachers and administrators use Google Docs in their daily practices with zero cost for registration and follow-up process. For educational institutions, it is important to generate, process and track the data in a timely fashion. This presentation will illustrate how best to attain that standard of efficiency. Firstly, “google docs” will be introduced with a specific focus on working collaboratively on projects with others who may not be there physically. Secondly, the presentation will explore how these documents interact with each other and how to ensure they work properly. Finally, practical ways of tracking communication will be explained. The whole session will be hands-on, with enough room for questions at the end. Please also be informed that the session will be conducted in Turkish.

Date:  8.12.2016

Time: 14:45-15:45

Venue: SCOLA 126

ICT Reading Club SESSION 2

Beyza Yılmaz will be giving the second ICT session on E-learning by Design: Do Type Activities ( practice, discovery, games).

Date:  8.12.2016

Time: 09:45-11:00

Venue: It will be announced later.

 

Cambridge English webinars for teachers: Understanding writing assessment: what every teacher should know

Dear webinar colleague

Join us for the third in our series of six webinars on Understanding Assessment:  Understanding writing assessment: what every teacher should know

on Monday 12 December 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time*) and Wednesday 14 December 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time*). 

*Check the times of the webinar where you are: Monday and Wednesday

Overview

Looking at written work is a common method of assessment familiar to many teachers, but when we think about writing assessment more carefully, there are many questions to address. What kinds of writing samples should be assessed? What should be done with writing samples once we have them? What criteria should be used to assess writing? We address these issues in this webinar, and show how thinking about the purpose and context of assessment can help us to answer these questions.

 

If you are interested, please go to the following link to register:

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/resources-for-teachers/webinars/general/understanding-writing-assessment-what-every-teacher-should-know/12-and-14-december-2016/

 

 

 

Have a great week,

TLDU

 

Week 10: 21-25 November

Dear All,

here are this week’s news:

1. Nergis Akbay attended Eaquals Members’ Meeting on 18-19 November in Florence, Italy.  The aim of the meeting was to share expertise and to further innovation and development in our field through keynote plenary sessions together with parallel workshops. Further details will be shared soon.

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2.Eugene held the first MLP Professional Development session entitled “LMS Quizzes Tutorial” on November 18th for Modern Languages instructors. He started by referring to the LMS workshops we had with Erim 2 years ago. Since then, Eugene has produced LMS Quizzes for all the French courses he teaches at ScOLa (FRE 101, FRE 102, FRE 201 and FRE 202). Last year, he shared his expertise with Arco, our Italian instructor who joined the club and produced LMS Quizzes for the ITA students.

Eugene then continued with the rationale of the LMS quizzes in the program. You can see a brief summary of the benefits for the students and the instructors below.

For students

Formative assessment process

Process materials learnt in class

Self-assessment tool towards autonomy

Immediate feedback

Identify gaps in knowledge

Can retake the quiz

Keep learners engaged & motivated

For instructors

Tailor tests in the desired way

Save time on corrections in class

Overview of test scores & progress

Evaluate students’ performances individually

Identify students’ weak areas

Apply remedy in class

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The rest of the workshop was planned for step by step instructions on creating LMS quizzes. Eugene also gave insights on what type of questions could be used in languages which do not use the Latin alphabet. (Russian, Arabic, Chinese)

It was an inspirational session which created a collaborative learning environment. As a follow-up task, each instructor  will create a quiz for the language s/he teaches. The group decided to meet in two weeks time to share the quizzes they have created. Nergis E. will be available to assist the instructors in the task.

The next MLP developmental session will be led by Ervin Ostos on Scorm Packages with reference to Flipped Learning.

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3. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our Teachers’ Day.

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TLDU

Week 8: 07-11 Nov.

Dear all,

here are this week’s news:

1.Beyza held the first session of the ICT reading club. In the session, the first chapter of Horton’s book entitled “ Designing E-learning”  was discussed. The participants shared their reflections and the possible implications on Scola context.

If you are interested in e-learning and educational technology, it is still not too late. Beyza will be delivering this session again on November 10th between 15.00-16.15.

 

2. Please find the below e-mail we received from EAQUALS:

Our Associate Member, Pearson, is looking for Young Learner teachers who would be interested in taking part in a new research project. 
Please reply direct to rating@pearson.com.
Dear colleagues, 

Get paid to rate the first set of global Young Learner learning objectives

 

Pearson has just launched an initial set of 410 Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Young Learners that describe what learners age 6-14 should be able to do across each of the four skills.

 

We are now looking for teachers who have experience in teaching Young Learners (aged 6-14) and an interest in the CEFR to become part of our group of trained ‘Expert Raters’.


What does rating involve?

  • Attending a training webinar:  this takes approx. 60-90 minutes. Several sessions are scheduled to accommodate different time-zones.
  • Rating batches of around 120 new Learning Objectives: each batch takes about 2-3 hours and we allow 2 weeks to complete it in your own time. The rating is done in a spreadsheet.
  • For each batch of Learning Objectives rated, we provide a ‘thank you’ payment of £60 (or local equivalent) as an appreciation of your time. This is made as a bank-transfer.

Upcoming training session:

We have YL rater training sessions coming up on:

  • Wednesday November 30th
    • Morning 7:00-8:30 Eastern Standard time (EST)
    • Afternoon 15:00-16:30 EST
  • Friday December 2nd
    • Morning 7:00-8:30 Eastern Standard time (EST)
    • Afternoon 15:00-16:30 EST

(timings are given in US EST. To check local times, click here)

 

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in participating, please contact rating@pearson.com by and provide the following information:

  • In which country are you based
  • How you heard about becoming a rater (e.g. Eaquals email)
  • Which training session you would like to attend
  • Which of the following learner groups you have experience in teaching:
    • Young Learners aged 6-10
    • Young Learners aged 10-14
    • Adults – General English
    • Adults – Business English
    • Adults – Academic English

About GSE

The Global Scale of English (GSE) is a standardised, granular scale which measures English language proficiency. It is aligned to the Common European Framework (CEFR).
The project has so far involved thousands of experienced ELT teachers from over 50 countries who are helping us to establish the proficiency level of the new GSE Learning Objectives. This research project is ongoing as we continue to expand the Young Learner set.
You can download the GSE Learning Objectives for Young Learners here or find them in the GSE Teacher Toolkit.
Contact rating@pearson.com if you require further information.

3.

IATEFL Learner Autonomy  Special Interest Group (LASIG) invite you to participate in their webinar with David Nunan  this Saturday 12 Nov 2016 at 10am GMT. David will be speaking on Language learning beyond the classroom

The webinar is open to anyone who is interested. It will be recorded and available in the IATEFL members area after the event has aired.   You can access the webinar here: https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/lasigwebinars/   To find out what time the webinar airs from your location please check out the world clock here

The two contexts for language learning and use are inside the classroom and outside the classroom. Until comparatively recently, the classroom world was where language was learned, and the world beyond the classroom was where language was used. This bifurcation between language learning and use began to break down with the advent of communicative language teaching which brought with it experiential learning and the notion that one could actually acquire a language by using it productively and communicatively inside the classroom. The fact is, however, that the context of language use outside the classroom makes it quite a different experience from language use inside the classroom.

Until relatively recently, opportunities for activating classroom learning in the world outside the classroom were limited in many parts of the world. All that has changed with technology, particularly the Internet, which provides learners with access to an astonishing variety of authentic and output. The proliferation of social networking sites provide learners with opportunities to communicate in speech and writing with other users of their chosen target language around the globe.

In this presentation, I will argue that learning through using language in authentic as well as pedagogically structured contexts outside the classroom can significantly enhance the language learning process. Practical illustrations and examples in the form of case studies will be presented to illustrate the rich variety of opportunities that exist for language learning and use outside the classroom.

 

David is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and Distinguished Research Professor at Anaheim University. He is a former president of TESOL, and is currently a trustee and executive committee member of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). He has published over 30 books on curriculum development, language teaching methodology, research methods, and teacher education.    http://lasig.iatefl.org/index.html

Have a great week,

Best,

TLDU