Dear all,

We hope everything is going well with you and would like to inform you about the news for this week.

ScOLa Developmental Sessions:

As you know we started our Common Time Sessions last week with the session “Student Centred Teaching” given by one of our colleagues, Kezban Altuntaş. It was a fruitful session in which the participants had the opportunity to discuss the strategies of student centred teaching and to observe a sample reading lesson planned with this focus. If you missed this one and would like to attend the afternoon session, Kezban will be giving the same session again on November 2, Thursday at 14.45.


This week we will have our second session which will be given by Giti Najafi on Thursday (19.10.2017) during afternoon common time (between 14:45 and 16.30) in ScOLa 220.  In her presentation, she will have a short look at a tool named “Google Docs” and show how highlighting strategy can help students to comprehend a reading passage digitally. She will also show how a teacher can give feedback to her students’ performance and how it can be exported via this tool. If you are interested, please come join us.  Please do not forget to bring your laptops to the session.

Research Strand:

The research group held their first meeting on Thursday and started their journey! This week they will be working on “how to write research questions”.

GESS Turkey (19-21 October 2017)

If you would like to attend an interesting blend of international and local based speakers’ talks, you can get more information and register for the conference using the following link:


IATEFL TEASIG webinar- Developing a test: Where do you start? When should you stop?

The webinar will be on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 17.00 UK local time (1600GMT / 1800CET) with Jo Tomlinson who will be presenting on Test Development and looking at practical ways to help teachers and test developers prioritise tasks and formulate a systematic way of test development.   The webinar will be a practical session for teachers who have been tasked with developing tests either in-class or for their institution. The session will outline practicalities and test purposes and how these can influence the types of test you might create. The ways of quality controlling test development (addressing concepts of both validity and reliability), as well as considering task and item types, in terms of their benefits, pitfalls and practicalities will be looked at.