TED KOCAELI COLLEGE LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE’19

Creating a Community of
Lifelong Learners

TED Kocaeli College, Foreign Languages Department
is delighted to hold a language teaching conference
on Saturday 7th December, 2019.

 7th DECEMBER 2019 – TED Kocaeli College

The conference is free of charge.

Plenary and Guest Speakers

Prof. Dr. Belgin AYDIN
TED UNIVERSITY - HEAD OF DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION - ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION
Belgin AYDIN had her undergraduate and PhD degrees at Anadolu University ELT Department and her MA at Bilkent University with Fulbright Scholarship. All her degrees are from the field of English Language Teaching. Having worked at various positions at Anadolu University between 1989-2019, Aydın has been working as the ELT Department Head at TED University since May 2019. Working as a member of various commissions, including Quality Assurance Commission and Bologna Commission, she also acted as one of the founding members of Turkish Accreditation Association of Language Teaching. Aydın served as Deputy Director of Graduate School of Education Sciences between 2004-2008, and as the Director of School of Foreign Languages between 2014-2019.
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Türkan YAMAN
HEAD OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT & TEACHER TRAINER - TED KOCAELI COLLEGE
Türkan Yaman who has been working in private schools for 25 years in different roles such as head of department, teacher trainer and vice-principal started her career after graduating from İstanbul University - English Literature and Education Department. She received her TEFL and TESOL certificates in her early days of teaching and acquired a special interest in using literary texts, student centred learning activities in the EFL classroom. She has delivered many workshops and seminars on different platforms; at schools, conferences and universities. Türkan Yaman who has worked with many different age groups from primary to high school, now works for TED Kocaeli College. She teaches in high-school and holds the positions of Head of Foreign Languages and Teacher Trainer.
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Buket ERTÜR TUNA
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR & TEACHER TRAINER - TED KOCAELI COLLEGE
Buket Ertür Tuna who holds an MA degree in Linguistics started her teaching career in the United States 23 years ago, since then she has been actively teaching English as a second language. In 2015 she joined TED Kocaeli College family as an English teacher, International Programmes Coordinator and a teacher trainer. Her expertise is getting students ready for international proficiency Exams.
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Teresa DOĞUELLİ
Teacher Trainer & Educational Consultant - MACMILLAN EDUCATION
Teresa Doğuelli has been a teacher and trainer since 1976; teaching adults, teenagers and children; working with teachers, trainers, inspectors and parents. She is now a full-time teacher trainer with Macmillan Education Publishing Limited, one of the luminary actors of educational materials production. She holds a DTEFLA (Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. She aspires to be a world changer!
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Sam WHITTAM
Teacher Trainer & Educational Consultant - (UES) Unlimited Educational Services
Sam Whittam currently works for UES (Unlimited Educational Services) as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. For the past seven years he has been working in Turkey as a teacher, examiner and editor. He has worked with all levels from kindergarten to high school in private colleges as well as university students and adults in Turkey. Before coming to Turkey, he taught primary and middle school students in South Korea where he lived for a year and a half after graduating from Buckinghamshire University in England. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university, his passion for literature can often be seen in his teaching as he believes stories to be a cornerstone of any good education. Sam is TESOL qualified and frequently attends workshops as a teacher and a trainer to better himself in every area of his occupation.
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Habib KARAGÖZ
Teacher Trainer & Educational Consultant - NATGEO
Habib KARAGÖZ has been a teacher for 33 years and teacher trainer for 21 years. He taught at many different state schools and private schools. As a teacher trainer he travelled about 40 different cities to train English teachers and participated in more seminars than he gave. In the past he did his best to be a writer. GRAMMARLINE was his first and the last failure. He participated in many international conferences and made presentations. He advises his colleagues to take as examples the right steps he has taken and to stay away from mistakes.
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The Roman poet Manlius wrote;

“Finis origine pendet.”

“The end depends on the beginning.”

As the world develops at a greatly accelerated pace schools have become one of the most integral parts on the path of life-long learning.

As Sir Ken Robinson says ‘The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet its challenges’, it is therefore that schools in the 21st century need to adopt a fundamental role to offer more than just gaining knowledge.

While the idea of success has changed, the education system has not always adjusted its methods or goals to meet it. Schools should be able to offer a balance of academic skills and the essential life skills that meet the demands of real life and enable the individuals to make their way in the world around them. It is therefore imperative that we educators realize our crucial role in the classroom at a time when the definition of education has shifted.

Fostering the essential life-skills in the classroom environment is “the beginning” that we would all desire for our students. Such a foundation would surely enable them to succeed in today’s world, and help them grow the confidence to practice those skills which is a desirable “end”.

Over the duration of our conference we will ask you to think about the following;

  • How are we teachers meeting the challenges of the more complex world we live in today?

  • How can we foster the essential life-skills?

  • Is it possible to ignite the wick of passion, purpose and full potential in all our students?

  • Are you filling a bucket or sparking a light?

We, as TED KOCAELI COLLEGE foreign language teachers are looking forward to welcoming you to our conference, hoping that it will be a tremendous experience for you.

TED KOCAELI COLLEGE LT CONFERENCE’19 Committee

Programme

Saturday 7th December, 2019
08.45-09.30 Registration and Breakfast Student Affairs office
09.30-09.45 Opening Show-Student Performance Conference Hall
09.45- 09.50 Welcome Addresses Conference Hall
09.50-10.50 Keynote Speech: Prof. Dr. Belgin AYDIN [Abstract]
TEACHERS of LIFE-LONG LEARNERS and 5Cs MODEL
TED University Head of Department – Department of Foreign Language Education – English Language Education
Conference Hall
10.50-11.00 ‘Turkish Education Association’ Proudly Presents Conference Hall
11.00-11.40 Plenary Presentation : Türkan Yaman [Abstract and Bio]
IF THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY
TED KOCAELI COLLEGE Head of Foreign Languages Department & Teacher Trainer
Conference Hall
11.40-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-12.45
Concurrent Sessions #1
Teresa Doğuelli [Abstract and Bio]
AM I A PARROT? HOW ARE WE INTERACTING WITH OUR STUDENTS?
All Grade Levels Conference Hall
Edwin Porusingazi [Abstract and Bio]
CRITICAL THINKING THROUGH READING
Middle & High School Room 1
Katarzyna Anna Zakes Göktan [Abstract and Bio]
INQUIRY-BASED TEACHING IN EFL
Upper Primary&Middle school Room 2
Buket Ertür Tuna [Abstract and Bio]
TEACHING GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT
All Grade Levels Room 3
Buse Uluçakar [Abstract and Bio]
TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS AS A WHOLE BODY
Kindergarten& Primary school Room 4
Aslı Türkmen [Abstract and Bio] – Andrea Olea [Abstract and Bio]
EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL; USING TECHNOLOGY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
Middle School Room 5
12.45-13.45 LUNCH
13.45-14.30
Concurrent Sessions #2
Sam Whittam [Abstract and Bio]
FROM BOOKS TO THE BRAIN: A LOOK AT HOW WE INVOLVE OUR STUDENTS IN THE LESSON
Upper Primary & Middle School Conference Hall
Tamaryn Catherine Malan [Abstract and Bio]
FOCUSING ON IMPROVING LISTENING SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM
Middle & High School Room 1
Fatih Söğüt [Abstract and Bio]
MAKE IT REAL! MAKE IT HAPPEN
Kindergarten& Primary school Room 2
Duygu Sunmaz Arslan [Abstract and Bio]
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THROUGH INTERACTIVE TASKS
Middle & High School Room 3
Hanife Top [Abstract and Bio]
THE IMPORTANCE OF ICE-BREAKING ACTIVITIES IN EFL
Middle school Room 4
Evelyn Morales [Abstract and Bio] – Büşra Besen [Abstract and Bio]
INTERACTIVE VOCABULARY TEACHING
Primary & Middle School Room 5
14.30-14.50 Coffee Break
14.50-15.35
Concurrent Sessions #3
Habib Karagöz [Abstract and Bio]
NO MATTER WHAT, FOLLOW YOUR HEART
All Grade Levels Conference Hall
Noha Assem [Abstract and Bio]
TEACHING LANGUAGE FROM CONTEXT
Middle & High School Room 1
Seda Özkan [Abstract and Bio]
CREATIVITY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOM
Primary school Room 2
Burcu Pehlivan [Abstract and Bio]
DIFFERENTIATION AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EFL
Middle & High School Room 3
Merve Gülşah [Abstract and Bio]
TEACHING VALUES IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM
Kindergarten & Primary school Room 4
Aslı Türkmen [Abstract and Bio] – Andrea Olea [Abstract and Bio]
EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL; USING TECHNOLOGY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
Middle School Room 5
15.40-15.55 Plenery Session Closing Presentation – Buket Ertür Tuna [Abstract and Bio]
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE AROUND YOU
TED KOCAELİ COLLEGE International Programmes Coordinator /Teacher Trainer
Conference Hall
15.55-16.10 Student Performance & Conference Wrap Up Conference Hall
16.10-16.20 Raffle Conference Hall

TURKISH EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

The Shining Torch of Education Since 1928… The ever-shining torch of the Turkish Education Association brightens up the future. The Great Leader Atatürk always believed in the indisputable role of education in the modernization of Turkey. In his speech at the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on November 1st, 1925, he declared that the advancement of education called for the endeavours of the private sector and he summoned society to take part in the effort. The Turkish Education Association was established on January 1st, 1928, under Atatürk’s vision and leadership, supported by the founders of the Turkish Republic. The Association acquired the status of an ‘association for public benefit’ in the resolution of the Council of Ministers, dated December 12th, 1939, and since then, it has always been active in the field of education, making great contributions to the educational life in Turkey.

TED KOCAELI COLLEGE

Since 1928 The Turkish Education Association (TED) has established 40 schools in different cities around the country. As a part of this scheme, TED Kocaeli College was founded in 2015 with its kindergarten, primary and middle schools. Two years later in 2017 TED Kocaeli College High School was founded on the same campus. The contemporary styled campus that includes 13,800 square meters of enclosed area and 12,987 square meters of open area provides an optimal educational environment for students to develop their creativity and imagination, thus making their school life more enjoyable.
All TED schools have a mission to raise multilingual, innovative individuals who are lifelong learning citizens with high ethical, academic standards and are also equipped with a high level of social, international and multicultural awareness. In order to attain these targets and prepare its students for further education our schools provide international programmes besides the national curriculum.

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REGISTRATION

The Deadline for Registration is: 4th December 2019

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CONTACT

Fatih Mh. Galip Erenoğlu Cd. No:10, Yuvacık / Başiskele / Kocaeli

+90 (262) 281 41 41

info.LTC@tedkocaeli.k12.tr

News

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AT TED KOCAELİ COLLEGE

  • TED KOCAELİ College is an institution aiming at perfection in education and teaching and tries to maintain the 91-year old TED tradition. TED KOCAELİ College was established to help keep watch over Turkey’s, and the world’s needs
  • Our main goal is to be an institution which, uses modern educational approaches, goes beyond our parents’, students’ and employees’ expectations.
  • The aim of our school’s program, which starts in pre-school, is to have our students graduate being able to speak a foreign language fluently, and a second foreign language at least on a fundamental level. Furthermore, we expect our graduates to gain admission to outstanding programs at high-ranked national and international universities.
  • The quality assurance system is an essential part of our institution’s culture. All the employees are expected to work together, within this culture, to provide hight-quality education.
  • The duties and responsibilities of all staff are defined and documented.
  • To maintain a high quality school, it is very important to improve our efficiency in problem- solving, and to try to prevent a problem before it occurs. The efficiencies of the various processes are measured systematically, and if they are not at the expected level, they are supported with the necessary corrective and/or preventative activities.
  • The administration in our school is attentive and process-based. Units and departments help each other and work as a team.

The raffle prizes are;

  • GLOBED - One account of six months online educational material for three.
  • DÜNYA EDUCATION - Sunshine online library platform from Dünya Education for one
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS - An invitation for an educational seminar in Antalya for two
  • PEARSON - Teacher Development- Interactive Online Education for one
  • OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS - Methodology books,grammar books ,teacher development books for four
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LEARNING - Different Methodology books
  • EXPRESS - An invitation to a symposium in Antalya
  • UES - Various methodology books and one tablet

Buket ERTÜR TUNA, TED Kocaeli College

ABSTRACT  Be the change you want to see around you

As teachers to be able to raise confident students who are creative, open-minded and critical thinkers, we need to be the role models who show students the key of success, creativity and confidence they need lie in their hearts. They just need to step up, open themselves to changes and be a risk taker. If you are ready to spark light in their minds, then first start with yourself.

BIO

Buket Ertür Tuna who holds an MA degree in Linguistics started her teaching career in the United States 23 years ago, since then she has been actively teaching English as a second language. In 2015 she joined TED Kocaeli College family as an English teacher, International Programmes Coordinator and a teacher trainer. Her expertise is getting students ready for international proficiency Exams.

Burcu PEHLİVAN, TED Kocaeli College

Differentiation and the use of technology in EFL

ABSTRACT

English activities are important for teachers and students so we language teachers need to have plenty of different activities in our pocket. We are in the age of creativity and our students are so creative that sometimes we fall far away from their times. Besides using worksheets and playing games with the students, we can use technological activities to increase the participation and involvement during the lesson. We teachers need to be lifelong learners to catch our students’ mind-set. We will address the following questions in our session;

Why is technology important? How can we use it safely? Do we have to use it often? Do we challenge our students by giving them responsibilities? How do learners learn in this age and how can they express themselves? (Middle & High School)

BIO

Burcu Pehlivan is currently working in TED Kocaeli Schools as an English teacher. She has been teaching English for 17 years and she has been the Head of the foreign languages department between the years of 2015-2017 at TED Kocaeli College. She is currently the Head of Middle School Foreign languages department. She has experience as head of foreign languages in private schools in Sakarya and was also responsible experienced for MYP. She is interested in learning technology and new approaches. She is enthusiastic about teaching, differentiation, learning innovative approaches and believes that lifelong learning never ends.

Seda ÖZKAN, TED Kocaeli College

Creativity in the English language classroom

ABSTRACT

Am I ever creative? Do I ever get my students to do anything creative in my lessons?

Creativity is fundamental for lifelong learning. That’s why I would like to integrate creativity in my teaching style of the four basic skills by gathering tiny particles of enthusiasm and turning them into fun lessons for both me and my students. Believing that I must be the first person to enjoy the atmosphere of the class; I will try to awaken the joy in creating expression and knowledge and keep the students’ concentration longer than expected. I am sure you have got that talent, too. Would you like to join me? (Primary School)

BIO

Seda Özkan graduated from Istanbul University / English Language and Literature in 2003 and she has been working for TED Kocaeli College for the last 4 years. She is the Head of Kindergarten and Primary School English Department , and a GR3 teacher. She is a mom of a girl and a boy. She loves children and has already got the enthusiasm about teaching them English.

Noha Assem Mohammed MOUSTAFA, TED Kocaeli College

Teaching Language From Context

ABSTRACT

How can we use contexts efficiently to serve our need of teaching a target language? How important is it to use a variety of authentic materials to effectively engage learners and arouse their interest? What are the stages that need to be followed to ensure optimal time utilization inside the class? We will try to answer these questions through demonstrating a ‘teaching from context’ typical lesson. (Middle & High School)

BIO

Noha Moustafa is a CELTA certified English teacher with 7 years of experience teaching in universities, language centers as well as schools. She has recently started working for TED Kocaeli College where she teaches in both primary and high school. What intrigues her most is planning and tailoring fun lessons to grab her learners’ attention.

Büşra Besen (German Teacher), TED Kocaeli College

Interactive Vocabulary Teaching

ABSTRACT

Teaching new vocabulary can sometimes be a  dull and challenging process. However, if we want to teach the words in a way that students retain them easily, we need to find different methods. Teaching the words in a more effective way can be possible with
fun vocabulary teaching activities. Teachers always make an effort to teach new words, so the question is how can we make students remember the target vocabulary easily. When students are involved in the learning process, they can learn more vocabulary. In this workshop we want to share our methods and activities in teaching vocabulary. (Primary & Middle School)

BIO

Büşra Besen has been teaching German for the past 5 years. She worked in a private school in Sakarya for three years and has been teaching at TED Kocaeli College for the last two years. She likes planning activities for students to teach language in a fun way. She is deeply interested in self-improvement and loves to find different ways to teach language skills.

Evelyn Charlotte Morales Pasten (Spanish Teacher), TED Kocaeli College

Interactive Vocabulary Teaching

ABSTRACT

Teaching new vocabulary can sometimes be a boring or difficult process. However, if we want to teach the words in a way that students retain them easily, we need to find different methods. Teaching the words in a more effective way can be possible with fun vocabulary teaching activities. Teachers always make an effort to teach new words, so the question is how can we make students remember the target vocabulary easily. When students are involved in the learning process, they can learn more vocabulary. In this workshop we want to share our methods and activities in teaching vocabulary. (Primary & Middle School)

BIO

Evelyn Charlotte MORALES PASTEN has been teaching Spanish for 9 years and has been working for TED Kocaeli College for the last 2 years. She had taught Spanish from primary to hight school levels for 6 years in Chile. She is especially interested in using new methods in the class, while teaching vocabulary and grammar. She holds a Master’s Degree in ‘Children’s Literature’ from University Catholic in Chile. She has also earned her Master’s Degree in ‘Learning and Teaching Programs ‘ from Kocaeli University.

Hanife Top, TED Kocaeli College

The Importance of Ice-Breaking Activities in EFL

ABSTRACT

There is a wide spread belief that Turkish People hesitate to use the target language and lack the courage to speak English in various settings. We, English teachers may build courage in the language learner by integrating different student centred tasks to enable the learner to become less hesitant and become a more confident user of the target language. In the session we will look at some ice-breakers that we can use on the very first day we meet our students. We will also take a look at the activities that can be used with students about whom we know very little. (Middle School)

BIO

Hanife Top, who is a Trakya University graduate, joined TED Kocaeli College in 2019 and focuses on enhancing the skill of speaking in the EFL classroom. She uses different student centred tasks to raise awareness in the field of language learning as a whole and ensures that students are exposed to the culture of the target language with the belief that it reinforces the language learning and production process.

Duygu SUNMAZ ARSLAN, TED Kocaeli College

Language Acquisition Through Interactive Tasks

ABSTRACT

How can EFL learners acquire the target language? How can we plan and implement our lessons to ensure second language acquisition? Why do we need different activities for our class? Can learners acquire the second language? We will try to answer these questions while doing some activities together.

BIO

Duygu SUNMAZ ARSLAN has been teaching English for 10 years and has been working for TED Kocaeli College for the last 5 years in kindergarten, primary and middle schools. She is a Gazi University graduate and she completed her master’s degree at Kocaeli University. She is especially interested in using different, fun and cultural activities in English classes.

Tamaryn Catherine MALAN, TED Kocaeli College

FOCUSING ON IMPROVING LISTENING SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM

ABSTRACT

This workshop will focus on different ways in which we can incorporate listening skills in the classroom. It will be divided into 3 minute sections focusing on 3 main points. The first is how to make listening activities more enjoyable for students in the classroom, what helps keep their attention and encourage them to participate more actively. The second point is how to introduce authentic pieces of material, how to choose a listening piece which suits students’ level. The third and final point is how often we should practice these skills and useful resources teachers can use, how much students should be exposed to listening tasks. (Middle & High School)

BIO

Tamaryn has been a teacher for the past 3 years. She has taught in Thailand previous to teaching in Turkey. She graduated from a University in her home country, South Afrıca, with a Bachelors of Social Sciences and has since continued to further her education by completing her TEFL certification as well as her Post Graduate Diploma in Pre and Primary education. She is passionate about her job and is looking forward to improving and furthering knowledge in the years to come.

Aslı TÜRKMEN (German Teacher), TED Kocaeli College

Everything You Can Imagine Is Real, Using technology in language teaching.

ABSTRACT

In a globalized world such as ours speaking a second language is not a plus anymore, it has become a must. Those who know nothing of foreign languages have a disadvantage and a very limited room for development. Spreading this awareness and growing the interest of foreign languages in the minds of young learners with the help of new technologies and different approaches is our goal. Sharing ideas, examples and experiences will be some of the things we will be doing in our workshop. (Middle School)

BIO

Aslı Türkmen was born and raised in Germany. After graduating from university, she worked for two years in Germany as an English and German teacher. She has been working in TED Kocaeli since the very first day she moved to Turkey and is now finishing her fifth year at TED, working as a German teacher and Second Foreign Languages Coordinator. She loves teaching German and is especially interested to find new ways to make language learning both fun and sustainable.

Andrea OLEA (Spanish Teacher), TED Kocaeli College

Everything You Can Imagine Is Real, Using Technology in Language Teaching.

ABSTRACT

In a globalized world such as ours, speaking a second language is not a plus anymore, it has become a must. Those who know nothing of foreign languages have a disadvantage and very limited room for development. Spreading this awareness and growing the interest of foreign languages in the minds of young learners with the help of new technologies and different approaches is our goal. Sharing ideas, examples and experiences will be some of the things we will be doing in our workshop. (Middle School)

BIO

Andrea Olea has been teaching foreign languages for the past 5 years. As a native Spanish speaker, her main focus is the second foreign language. Apart from languages she also has a special interest in fine arts and technology. In previous years she taught the English course of Art and Design from the 'Business and Technology Education Council of United Kingdom’s curriculum. She is currently teaching the course Creative Media also from the same curriculum.

Buse Uluçakar, TED Kocaeli College

Teaching Young Learners as A Whole Body

ABSTRACT

What is Whole Body Learning? How can we create a Whole Body Learning environment? What is a brain break and why is it important? What are some brain break exercises? How can we make use of different flashcard games and technology in our classes? We will find answers to these questions while focusing on the problems we face in teaching and we will talk about how we can adapt the exercises for kindergarten and primary school. (Kindergarten& Primary School)

BIO

Buse Uluçakar has been teaching English for 9 years and has been working in Primary School Department for the last 5 years. She is especially interested in using games, flashcards and technology in her classes.

Katarzyna Zakes Göktan, TED Kocaeli College

Inquiry based teaching in EFL

ABSTRACT

Inquiry-Based Teaching is widely known in teaching sciences and maths. This approach is all about encouraging students to explore the academic content by posing, investigating, and answering questions that help the learners to construct the knowledge. Moreover, it allows students to draw connections between academic content and their own lives. However, is it possible to implement inquiry-based teaching in an EFL classroom? We will talk about routines and activity examples that will help apply IBT in your language classroom.

BIO

Katarzyna Zakes has been teaching English using IBT for the past 3 years. This is her first year at TED Kocaeli College as Grade 4 teacher. When she is not teaching she is currently studying for her master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language at Kocaeli University.

Edwin PORUSINGAZI, TED Kocaeli College

Critical Thinking Through Reading

ABSTRACT

Research shows that extensive reading improves all aspects of language learning (Krashen, 1993). In this session we shall examine how to incorporate readers in our classrooms in order to aid in language acquisition. We shall also look into how we can include learner centered activities such as KWL (Know, Want to Know, Learn) method, drama performances and panels in our classrooms.(Middle & High School)

BIO

Edwin Porusingazi has been teaching English for 5 years and has been working with TED Kocaeli for the last 2 years as a Middle school skills teacher. His interests include using readers as well as theatre related tasks that enhance critical thinking and creativity in the EFL classroom. He firmly believes in the value of student centered learning and he implements this in every aspect of his classroom.

Habib KARAGÖZ, NATGEO

No Matter What, Follow Your Heart

ABSTRACT

If you want to be a good example in life, never lose your desire and ambition. It doesn't matter what you do well, but what you do with good intentions. I have many things to share with people who want to hear the story of what I haven't accomplished in 33 years, but how much I've struggled to succeed. Please do not neglect yourself. NO MATTER WHAT, FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
(All Grade Levels)

BIO

Habib KARAGÖZ has been a teacher for 33 years and teacher trainer for 21 years. He taught at many different state schools and private schools. As a teacher trainer he travelled about 40 different cities to train English teachers and participated in more seminars than he gave. In the past he did his best to be a writer. GRAMMARLINE was his first and the last failure. He participated in many international conferences and made presentations. He advises his colleagues to take as examples the right steps he has taken and to stay away from mistakes.

Sam WHITTAM, (UES) Unlimited Educational Services

From books to the brain: A look at how to involve our students in the lesson

ABSTRACT

In the past, the idea of learning was about giving information to students and then having them repeat that same information back to us. Unfortunately, sometimes schools expect the same thing today, students are graded on ability in exams that don’t give them the opportunity to show what they really can do or know. In this session, we’ll look at ways to use books as a starting point instead of the end point. There will be plenty of activities covering all of the skills, critical thinking and motivating students and focusing their attention that can be immediately used in the classroom that will prepare the students for the 21st century. The aim of this session should be to engage the students so that every class can be a unique experience for the teacher and student alike. (Upper Primary & Middle School)

BIO

Sam Whittam currently works for UES (Unlimited Educational Services) as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. For the past seven years he has been working in Turkey as a teacher, examiner and editor. He has worked with all levels from kindergarten to high school in private colleges as well as university students and adults in Turkey.
Before coming to Turkey, he taught primary and middle school students in South Korea where he lived for a year and a half after graduating from Buckinghamshire University in England. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university, his passion for literature can often be seen in his teaching as he believes stories to be a cornerstone of any good education.
Sam is TESOL qualified and frequently attends workshops as a teacher and a trainer better himself in every area of his occupation.

TERESA DOĞUELLİ, (UES) Unlimited Educational Services

AM I A PARROT? HOW ARE WE INTERACTING WITH OUR STUDENTS?

ABSTRACT

A language lesson reflecting the different ways in which teachers interact with learners, followed by an analysis and discussion of the tragi-comic consequences of each!

BIO

Teresa Doğuelli has been a teacher and trainer since 1976; teaching adults, teenagers and children; working with teachers, trainers, inspectors and parents. She is now a full-time teacher trainer with Macmillan Education Publishing Limited, one of the luminary actors of educational materials production. She holds a DTEFLA (Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. She aspires to be a world changer!

Buket ERTÜR TUNA, TED Kocaeli College

ABSTRACT  Session: Teaching Grammar in Context

Teaching grammar in context involves making connections between grammatical patterns and the meaning of texts. How do we use wider contextual aspects such as genre, audience, reader's feelings to make decisions about language choice? What type of activities can we use to foster the comprehension of the students in grammar teaching? We will work through various tasks to make grammar teaching meaningful. (All Grade Levels)

BIO

Buket Ertür Tuna who holds a MA degree in Linguistics started her teaching career in the United States 23 years ago, since then she has been actively teaching English as a second language. In 2015 she joined TED Kocaeli College family as an English teacher, International Programmes Coordinator and a teacher trainer. Her expertise is getting students ready for international proficiency Exams.

Türkan YAMAN, TED Kocaeli College

If there is a will, there is a way.

ABSTRACT

How can we language teachers increase awareness of one’s self and surroundings? How can we introduce the idea of critical thinking to students and enhance this skill?  Why do we need to use tasks based on critical thinking and student-centred learning? Can learners adopt the approach of Critical Thinking as a lifelong skill? We will try to answer these questions while we look into how various tasks, based on critical thinking work with students throughout KI2.

BIO

Türkan Yaman who has been working in private schools for 25 years in different roles such as head of department, teacher trainer and vice-principal started her career after graduating from İstanbul University - English Literature and Education Department. She received her TEFL and TESOL certificates in her early days of teaching and acquired a special interest in using literary texts, student centred learning activities in the EFL classroom.   She has delivered many workshops and seminars on different platforms; at schools, conferences and universities. Türkan Yaman who has worked with many different age groups from primary to high school, now works for TED Kocaeli College. She teaches in high-school and holds the positions of Head of Foreign Languages and Teacher Trainer.

TEACHERS of LIFE-LONG LEARNERS and 5Cs MODEL

Lifelong learning is defined as the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons" by Department of Education and Science (2000). In order to help our learners reach their full potential and actualize themselves, we, as language teachers need to remove not only the borders of our classrooms, but also the borders of our professional and personal identities. This presentation will seek ways of removing all these borders we might have in the way we perceive learning and teaching by first identify who life-long learners are and what characteristics they have.

As Michael Horn (2017) identifies, teachers go through four stages in their professional lives;

  1. Unknowing novice, who doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, and who knows he doesn’t know a lot.
  2. Knowing novice, who knows what he doesn’t know, and who knows he doesn’t know a lot.
  3. Knowing expert, who starts to know a lot, but who is still dependent on what he knows and does, and who is not very much creative and flexible about it.
  4. Unknowing expert, who has internalized what he does and why he does it but constantly seeks for new ways for doing things and who is an inspirational learner himself desiring to learn more and encouraging his learners to want to learn more.

With the aim of moving from unknowing teacher to unknowing expert, this presentation will present 5 Cs Model -Curiosity, Communication, Critical thinking, Creative thinking and Collaboration. Practical suggestions teachers can take to their Monday classes and practice in their own life-long learning journey will be provided in the presentation.

Merve Balaban Gülşah, TED Kocaeli College

Teaching Values in English Classrooms

ABSTRACT

In this session we will look into the concept of teaching values in the EFL classroom. How do we teach values in our classrooms? Why is it important to teach values to children? Why do we need to teach children about diversity and celebrating the differences among us? How do we help children to become responsible citizens who care about the world around them and empathize with others? (Kindergarten& Primary School)

BIO

Merve Balaban Gülşah has been teaching English for 8 years and has been working in Kindergarten and Primary Schools for the last 4 years. She is especially interested in using student centred tasks and communicative activities in ELT classes.

Fatih SÖĞÜT, TED Kocaeli College

Make it real! Make it happen!

ABSTRACT
How can we make the lesson more effective with real objects? Does realia reinforce language learning? Does realia help in teaching kinesthetic and visual learners? Is realia limited to a certain age group? What is the difference between teaching a class of kids isolated words and bringing words to real life? We will try to answer these questions together while we are demonstrating the impact of using real objects in a typical lesson.

BIO
Fatih Söğüt has been teaching English for 4 years. He has taught different age groups from all levels. He has recently started working for TED Kocaeli College. He likes an active class atmosphere and supports his lessons with realia, drama, and various games.