Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the two-day training that ScOLa Teaching and Learning Development Unit organized considering the whole-school needs. Based on the data collated through various resources such as team meetings, level meetings, update meetings, observations, course evaluations and student evaluations, two areas were prioritized to be focused during these two days. On the 1st day (January 31st)  we will be focusing on how our beliefs shape our teaching, our needs and demands. The same session will be conducted twice in FEAS G30 (the first session: 10.00-12.45; the second session: 13.45-16.30) in order to have smaller groups. On the second day (February 1st) we will have a whole-day training (09.00-16.30) in ScOLa 323 specifically focusing on vocabulary teaching. Further details about the programme of these two days will be shared by your coordinators and/or team leaders.

The training will be given by Dr. Simon Phipps, Teacher Training Consultant Director, ATI (Anatolia Training Institute).

Simon Phipps BioData:
Dr. Simon Phipps is Director of ATI (Anatolia Training Institute) in Ankara, and also a freelance teacher training and educational consultant. He worked as Deputy Director of Bilkent University School of English Language in Ankara for 20 years, where he was responsible for in-service teacher training and development. He designed and directed an in-house MA programme (Management in Education in ELT), and taught MA courses on linguistics, lexis and educational management. He set up and ran the Centre for Instructor Development, Education and Research (CIDER), and also helped establish a group of ‘English Language Teacher Education Researchers’ (ELTER) in Turkey. He has worked in ELT in the UK, Germany and Turkey since 1985, and has been involved in teacher education since 1989. He has worked on Cambridge ESOL courses (such as CELTA and DELTA) since 1993, and has been an External Assessor for the DELTA course since 1997 as well as Principal Examiner for Module 3 since 2008. He has a PhD in Education, from the University of Leeds, UK, with a focus on teacher beliefs. His current professional interests include teacher cognition, teacher learning, teacher education research, and educational management.

We hope we will have the opportunity to have some quality time to reflect on what we have been doing, to listen to each other and to share our valuable ideas during these two days.