- What’s happening now?
We’re delivering back-to-school training events around the country, and also putting in proposals for the forthcoming conference season. In November we’ll be at Doğuş University in Istanbul and MEV in Izmir, more information below.
- Forthcoming events
October 20 – 22 The 15th International INGED ELT Conference: “Taking it to the limits” at Hacettepe University, Ankara. Contact: Hilal Onat: email@example.com or http://inged.org.tr – Our very own Penny Ur is a keynote speaker, bringing the insights from her long career into an overview of grammar teaching. Other speakers include the Hugh Dellar and reading specialist David A Hill. See the INGED website for more information about this event and much more.
November 19th 2011 – The Izmir MEV Koleji 2nd ELT conference – The Henry Brothers were plenary speakers here last year and are looking forward to being here again this November.
November 26th and 27th 2011 – “Turning Challenges into Opportunities” Doğuş University ELT conference, Istanbul -This could be a massive day. The program has been announced now and the list of keynote speakers is really impressive including Cambridge author David Crystal (his first time in Turkey), Jane Willis, George Pickering, Rod Bolitho, Ben Goldstein, Lindsay Clandfield, Jamie Keddie, the Henry Brothers and our very own Devrim Ozdemir. David Crystal’s opening plenary will be on a topic that we all need to begin grappling with: “Language on the Internet: the ultimate challenge and opportunity”. Electronically mediated communication (EMC) is a linguistic challenge because it is altering, sometimes in fundamental ways, our notions of language as experienced through traditional speech and writing. It is an opportunity because it enables learners to have a more accessible and intimate encounter than ever before with the realities of everyday discourse, as encountered especially in orthography, grammar, and vocabulary. Ben Goldstein deals with another aspect of electronic communication: The Digital Image: Developing Visual Literacy in ELT. Thanks to digital technology never have we been able to access, create or manipulate such a great variety of images in so little time. This practical talk will look at ways we can place the image at the centre of our classroom practice, seeing how electronic media can enable learners to become visually literate and to “picture experience” in different ways. Examples of tasks using different digital tools will be shown and evaluated. Devrim Özdemir‘s topic will be Developing Dependence/Independence!, a series of stories designed to draw out issues around learner autonomy. And the Henry Brothers will end the Saturday with Kamishibai Man, their collection of stories and storytelling activities from around the world.
Spring 2012 – Maltepe University ELT conference, Istanbul Details to be confirmed.
March 3rd 2012 – The 9th ELT “Liberating the Learner” at Izmir Özel Türk Koleji Izmir’s longest-running ELT conference, previous speakers include Cambridge author Jeff Stranks and teacher trainers Olha Madylus, Tom Godfrey and (a perennial at this conference) Izmir’s one and only Steve Darn.
March 17th 2012 – Yüce Schools’ 6th Foreign Languages Day, Ankara focusing on “Differentiating Instruction”. Details will be announced on the school web site: http://www.yuce.k12.tr .
March 19th – 23rd, 2012 – the 46th annual IATEFL Conference, Glasgow, Scotland – Yes, we know that Glasgow is not in Turkey, but if the pattern of the last three or four years is repeated there will be big numbers of English teachers from Turkey attending and presenting at this conference. In particular Birsen Tutunuiş and Burcu Tezcan are involved in organising the Teacher Training and Education SIG.
April 14th and 15th 2012 – The Power of Collaboration – The 3rd ELT Students Conference, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul – Speakers will include the “unplugged teacher” Luke Meddings, Ken Wilson, Cem Alptekin and Burcu Akyol. The conference organisers are a joint group of ELT students from Boğaziçi and Bilgi Universities. They are also on Facebook here…..
May 31st – June 2nd 2012 – Embracing Challenges – the 11th METU International ELT Convention, Ankara This is a major three-day biannual event. John has given workshops here in the past and it’s a conference that we have always supported. Hope to see you there.