Dear all,

Please find ScOLa Teaching and Learning Development Unit update for 2021-22 Academic Year Spring Semester below:

1. Professional Development Activities

1.a. Common Time Sessions

There were three individual and two series of common time professional development sessions in the spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year as listed below.

  1. “I Have a Voice: B1 Class Speaking Project” by Nurgül Keskin
  2. “A Glance at Flipped Classroom: Hands-on Experience” by Can Danışmant
  3. “Reconsidering Second Language Education: Touching the Untouchable” by Sedef Güzelyurt
  4. TLDU INSET– Vocabulary Teaching at ScOLa Context
  5. ScOLa Reading Club by Kezban Altuntaş Özben

All the sessions and meetings were held online synchronously. In total, 34 participants attended these sessions. We would like to thank our colleagues who gave the sessions voluntarily and the ones who attended and contributed to these sessions.

The presentation recordings and session materials are archived in  Z-Drive – TLDU folder.

We are looking forward to sharing our ideas and expertise with each other in the future.

1.b. ScOLa Induction Program – Spring Semester

We have successfully completed 1-year-long Induction Program with our new colleagues.  In addition to the developmental activities that we had during Fall Semester, we continued with peer-observation cycle, induction lesson observation cycle and follow-up actions based on the individual needs of our new colleagues.  We would like to congratulate them on their cooperation and wish them all the best in the future at ScOLa.

1.c. ScOLa Modern Languages sessions

We continued our developmental activities designed and delivered specifically for Modern Languages Program. In the Spring semester, in addition to the lesson observation cycle, below sessions were delivered by Deniz Kılavuz with the active participation of our Modern Languages Program Instructors.

  • Demo lesson watching and completing the accompanying task
  • Follow-up Q&A Session based on the demo lesson
  • Error Correction Session

We hope that we will continue organizing tailor-made sessions for the arising needs in our institution in the future.

2. Extra-curricular Language Development Activities for Students

2.a. Study Center

In the Spring Semester, ScOLa Study Center – Study Slots were visited 81 times & Speaking Slots were visited 97 times by our students. Out of these 81 visits for Study Slots, 42 visits focused on writing and 20 visits were to get grammar support. In addition to our speaking slots, the students also visited the study slots 10 times to practice speaking.

As in the Fall Semester, we continued to offer face-to-face meeting opportunities for our students in the Study Slots in addition to the online ones. 6 out of those 81 Study Slot visits were face-to-face ones.

We hope to continue giving this individualized guidance in the Study Center in the areas where students need extra support.

2.b. ScOLa Student Development Sessions

We offered the following developmental sessions to our students in the Spring Semester:

  1. How to Revise Vocabulary Effectively by Babak Jahanaray
  2. To Be or Not to Be Motivated by Nergis Uyan
  3. A Workshop on Creativity in Speaking by Ezgi Öner
  4. Fixed or Growth? by Özlem Baykan
  5. Language Learning Online by Esra Çelik Soydan
  6. Tips and Tricks on How to Improve Fluency in Speaking by Wioleta Wenclawek

In total, 232 students attended these sessions in the Spring Semester.

All the sessions have been recorded and the recordings are available on Z Drive for your reference under:

Z:\z_old_SELI\AAA Level Folders\LS READ ONLY FOLDERS\TLDU\Extra-curricular Activities for Sts\2021-22 Academic Year\Spring Semester\Student Development Sessions

2.c. ScOLa Clubs

In the Spring Semester, our students had a chance to attend 4 different ScOLa Clubs:

  1. B1 Speaking Club by Mojgan Ziaeenejad
  2. Discover Far East Club by Betül Selcan Şentürk
  3. Writing Fun Club by Olcay Ergülü
  4. Engineers’ Club for B2 Students by Özlem Kaplan Snyder

In total, 8 students attended these clubs and completed them successfully by attending at least 60% of the relevant club sessions.

3. Blended Model Instruction – Evaluation Questionnaire

For our first attempt at blended instruction, we have collected data both from our students and our instructors in the form of questionnaires administered both in the Fall and Spring Semesters along with focus group meetings.  We presented all the data at relevant meetings as one of the sources of information, after collecting and analyzing them.

It was our hope that the data collected would be useful to all of us in planning for the future. Thank you to all of our colleagues who responded to the questionnaires and shared their comments with us in focus groups.