Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

SLTEP Pre-Service Event at METU

On October 17, I shared my experiences with my prospective colleagues. It was really nice to be there with them and see the gleam in their eyes!

You can find my presentation here: Riding a Flying Carpet in Teaching_ 

Reflection:

I spoke too much and I tried to share a lot in such a limited time. Thus, it was a bit boring, I guess. I should learn to manage time during those presentations 🙂 However, at the end of the presentation, a few people from my audience came and talked to me which made me so content.

A brand new experience 🙂

 

Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, Research, This and that

IATEFL ReSIG Annual International Conference

Last month, Gediz University held a very beneficial conference for researchers to share what they had been doing in their own environment. Thanks to dear Dr. Kenan Dikilitaş, I was motivated to conduct research and present it there as a poster presentation.

It was my first research presentation ever so I was really nervous during the preparation process. My dear colleague Kenan Hocam encouraged me to try this new field in my career and he helped me so much before-during and after my research 🙂 First, we had a group on Facebook with two other colleagues and Kenan Hocam was a guide there. He helped me find an area to survey. Then, after choosing that area, I chose suitable tasks and planned my study carefully. As the next step, I applied those tasks in my classroom and thanks to my precious students, I received lots of constructive feedback. Finally, I was ready to share what I learned during the process 🙂

It wasn’t easy for me! I know I had many mistakes but nothing is easy… You will never know if you don’t have the courage to try 🙂 Also, once I saw the results, I decided to use classroom research as a part of my professional development. Hope to find or create a chance to spend more time on these studies 🙂

You can find more about my study here: My study

The conference program: Program

You can find more about this conference here: About conference

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Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, This and that

Çukurova University ELT Conference

Hello everyone!

I haven’t been able to write for some time but now I  am here to share a conference announcement with you! An international ELT Conference will be organized by Çukurova University on 21-22 May, 2015 in Adana. There are many topics which are included in the event so if you are interested, you can have a look at the link below:

http://www.elteacherscu.com/

I want to underline that it is going to be worth attending that event. As you may remember, it’s the university where I got my bachelor’s degree so I know what can happen there 🙂

I also want to share a beautiful campus photo which I took a few years ago 🙂

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Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, Research

Mini research on the effects of T-PLUS

As I mentioned before, I attended an event by T-PLUS held at İstanbul Şehir University. I was inspired to conduct a mini research related to participants reasons and inspirational results during it. Here are the results 🙂

The survey was sent to fifteen people who joined the 5th T-PLUS Event held at İstanbul Şehir University on November 7-8. There were twelve people who completed the survey.

There were five questions included in the survey. These are:

  1. Which T-PLUS meetings did you attend?
    İzmir University of Economics December 21st, 2012
    İzmir Yaşar University, May 4th 2013
    Ankara TED University, Nov 15th . 2013
    Girne American University, Cyprus, May 2014
    Şehir University, İstanbul, November 2014
  2. Why do you attend T-PLUS? You can write more than one reason.
  3. Do you think the last T-PLUS meeting has inspired you to do something professionally?
  4. If your answer is “yes” for the previous question (Q3), can you share the areas you want to apply something new?
  5. If your answer is “no” for question 3, can you share the reason(s)?

Note: The first question doesn’t require only one answer. The participants were expected to choose all the answers suitable for them.

The answers for the first question can be seen below:

As we can see by looking at the answers, the participants were mostly new colleagues. Only one of them attended the first event of T-PLUS and only two attended the second. That’s why; we can conclude that the collected data mostly refers to new members of the organization.

As for the second question, the answers are:

  1. First, my institution told me so. Then I made a quick research and I really wanted to join it.
  2. To meet colleagues, to improve myself professionally
  3. In our school we don’t have a PD Unit. Since we want to initiate one, I see T-Plus events as a great source of ideas for this specific reason. As for my personal reason, I want to improve myself in every way, both personally and professionally.
  4. To improve professional skills.
  5. To help improve teacher training in Turkey. To share expertise and experiences. To collaborate with teacher trainers who do not have access to many developmental activities.
  6. To exchange ideas and suggestions about Professional development in ELT 2. To be aware of what’s going on in other universities concerning TT 3. To build up a network of TTs all over Turkey
  7. *I believe in the spirit of communication, negotiation and collaboration. *We have had teacher training practices for 6 years after I attended SLTEP2009. *To share the best practices and learn from each other.
  8. to share experiences get feedback/help or my duty collaboration (see what the other universities practices)
  9. To learn about the latest trends in professional teacher development and keep up to date with them. For sharing new information with our colleagues in our institution.
  10. In order to meet new people and benefit from their experiences in the field.
  11. To check out for recent developments in PD. To establish new networks
  12. In order to improve my PD skills and exchange ideas with the friends

When we look at the answers in detail, apart from the first answer, all the reasons are related to participants’ personal and professional development reasons; in other words, intrinsic reasons. In fact, the first participant’s answer can also be included intrinsic since after searching the event, s/he was also willing to participate in it. As it is clear in the answers, most people participate in T-PLUS events since they want to improve their professional skills and benefit from the experiences of other colleagues. Establishing networks and meeting new people follow these reasons. We can conclude that participants join the events willingly and by being aware of their expectations. Moreover, we can also say that collaboration gets a big share, too.

The answer for the third question was the same for all participants, which is “yes”. Then, we can start analyzing the fourth question since it is related to the inspiration in the previous question.

  1. I want to apply “self assessment via peer observation”. Also I will share the idea of forming a reading club to meet every Wednesday. Another thing is I realised that in my institution, mentoring for new teachers is not enough.
  2. It’s inspired me to increase technology usage in the classroom and to integrate more components to my teaching
  3. 1. Buddying for new teachers. 2. ”I have got talents” workshops. 3. Some technological tools or websites from Nezaket Hoca’s presentation.
  4. No answer available.
  5. I feel that I can do more to provide online resources and training for teachers or teacher trainers in Turkey.
  6. -Involving our teachers in Teacher Research activities in collaboration with those in other universities -Dealing with teacher resistance in the light of the suggestions made in some sessions -Introducing some technological tools that can be used by our teachers in their classes.
  7. Team teaching seems appealing in that both teachers feel equally responsible for the delivery of the lesson and the observation.
  8. peer observation in a self evaluation format (Aslı-Utku’s presentation) Action/Teacher research in collaboration with Kenan Hoca (Gediz University)
  9. Working in a team with my colleagues to set up a PDU in our institution. Giving presentations on the subjects summarising our experiences in T-PLUS
  10. We are a developing university and we’d like to learn what our colleagues do in their institutions. It was lovely to meet new people from different universities and share our problems. We want to build a Professional Development Unit in our department.
  11. some ideas from the workshops: Personal development, using padlet
  12. We will apply group reflection. A couple of teachers will be moderated by an experienced teacher and feedback on various issues will be provided.

 

If I want to summarize the biggest pie, it can be technology use. There are five answers related to it.  Participants are encouraged to use technology either in their own teaching or sharing what they learned with their colleagues via workshops. The second thing can be collaboration in their own institutions to set up new opportunities and regulations like peer observation, team teaching group reflection, reading club, and helping teachers share what they have in their pockets (“I have got talents” workshops.) These are all related to improving the teaching and sharing standards in each institution. Another inspirational topic is obviously research. Thanks to the session by Kenan Dikilitaş, some people are motivated to conduct teacher research in their institutions. We can look forward to the results of their work 🙂

Furthermore, if I compare the results by using the participation as a criterion, I can’t see much difference among people’s reasons to attend the event and inspirational reasons.

To sum up, I want to thank everyone who completed the survey 🙂

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Experiencing something new :)

Two days ago, I had two guests in my class. They were senior students from English Language Teaching Department of Middle East Technical University. Before I share my comments, I want to share the process we followed 🙂

As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, I attended SLTEP Alumni nearly 20 days ago. During the panel discussion, one of the colleagues, Dr. Deniz Şallı Çopur from METU, suggested that she could send some ELT students to preparatory classes of universities to show them what is going on in these classes. After the panel discussion, I said I would like to have these students in my classes 🙂 Then, we wrote emails to each other and arranged the schedule.

Then, finally, these two girls, Begüm and Tansu, were volunteers to come and observe my classes for one day. I was glad to hear that! We talked to each other about the procedure in the class and spent the day together! They loved my class and videotaped some of the speaking practices, took photos and shared their experiences in language learning besides department experience.

After the class, I asked them to give me some feedback about the day and they shared what they had observed. I told them they could visit us again any time they want 🙂 It was wonderful experience to welcome two future colleagues in my class!

I am looking forward to seeing some more people in my class soon! 😉

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Reflection: T-PLUS

Last weekend, I was in İstanbul to attend a T-PLUS event. T-PLUS is the acronym of TRAINERS’ PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND UNLIMITED SHARING. It aims to help trainers connect and share experiences/ideas with each other twice a year. This event was the 5th one since the organization was founded. It was held in İstanbul Şehir University on 7-8 November, 2014.

The theme of the event was collaboration so the sessions were planned accordingly. There were many colleagues from various institutions. We discussed how to collaborate with each other and set some goals until the next meeting. We suggested that we could collaborate with the people in our districts more easily so we should stay in contact with each other. For example, I live in Ankara so I talked to the colleagues who work at Hacettepe, ODTÜ, Başkent, and Atılım Universities for collaboration. We have many ideas to work on! 🙂 I will probably start by a new experience called team teaching. I heard it during one of the sessions so I feel really curious about it. I talked to a colleague who carried it out in her institution in the past. Since she  has experience of it, I am going to have some meetings with her and learn the principles of the process not to make any mistakes.

There was also a session about research. I have always been afraid of research since I think it’s a challenging process. However, Kenan Dikilitaş, dear presenter, motivated me to conduct a research in my institution and I started thinking about a problem to be discussed. I have also sent a brief questionnaire to some colleagues. They were either the ones attending a T-PLUS meeting for the first time or the ones who have been attending the meetings for a long time. Now, I am waiting for them to complete the survey 🙂 When I analyze the data, I am going to share the results here.

Another session which drew my attention was by Emrah Akkurt. He is an instructor and educational technologist at the same time. He shared how we could share our knowledge online like using hangouts, webtv, etc. I learned many useful things during his session and I envied him! 🙂

Two weeks ago, when I was at Sabancı University, I had learned that DELTA was now available in Ankara- it was only available in İstanbul until now. At the T-PLUS event, I met dear Simon Phipps who is the coordinator of ATI (Anatolia Training Institute) and I am planning to meet him some time to get more information about DELTA since I want to attend it as soon as  possible!

All in all, even though it was tiring to attend all the sessions, I feel more energetic than before and I feel like doing lots of new things now! Let’s get it started guys!! 😉

Here is the link for T-PLUS:

http://www.tplusturkey.org/

Here is the link to reach the session documents:

http://www.tplusturkey.org/?page_id=170

Here are some photos from the event 🙂

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A conference announcement!

I met lots of new colleagues at an organization last weekend. One of them, Ray Wiggin, was from Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri. While I was checking my facebook  account, I realized that he just shared their conference announcement on Facebook. As far as I can see, the program is not certain yet. However, they are calling for papers. The theme of the conference is Blended Learning into Autonomy. If you are interested in participating in the event, you had better visit the web page below for further information. 🙂

http://events.agu.edu.tr/agusl15/#home

 

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Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, For fun, Reflections & Career Development

SLTEP Alumni

As I mention in my bio, I attended a trainer education program in 2012. It was a program called SLTEP (School of Languages Trainer Education Program) conducted by Sabancı University School of Languages for two weeks. There were three trainers and they shared lots of things with participants. I can say that those two weeks were probably the most enjoyable times of and for my career! I miss those days so much that I can’t find appropriate words for my feelings. Special thanks to dear Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken! 🙂

The program was so challenging that I felt the need to read many articles and search something all the time. Also, there was a lot of input related to classroom research, methodologies, giving feedback, technology, songs, etc. In addition to improving my skills as a teacher and trainer, I also met lots of special people from various institutions.

On November 1, there was an alumni organization for the participants of the years from 2004 to 2014. It was a great pleasure to meet more colleagues and share experiences with each other. Although it was a one-day event, there were many sessions to get new ideas.

Thanks to those precious people there, it was a pleasure to be there! It was so enjoyable and inspiring that we decided to have another organization again.

If you live in Turkey and want to become a (better) trainer, you can attend the program and feel the difference! For the ones who are interested:

http://sltep.wordpress.com/

I want to share some photos and a video from the event here 🙂

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Looking forward to the next event!!! 🙂

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CPD Symposium 2014

On January 27-28, there was a CPD Symposium at Hacettepe University. There were representatives from over 40 universities. The aims of this event were to:

  • refresh/ update their knowledge of the principles and practice of an effective CPD programme
  • share best practice through case studies of successful current teacher CPD initiatives in Turkish Schools of Foreign Languages
  • explore models of and routes towards the establishment of a successful CPD programme embracing the department’s whole teaching cadre.

If you are interested, please follow the link below to download all the documents. First, you should click on the document. Then you should click on the “source” just below the document.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance. (pelinkucukk@gmail.com)

http://padlet.com/wall/hucpd2014

For mobile devices:

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Tech in Teaching

On January 7th -8th , I organized a workshop related to technology use in teaching . I shared four different websites with participants. I explained how to sign up and how/where to use these websites in our teaching. If you want to see my colleagues’ feedback about my sessions and find documents related to the workshop, you can follow these links:

http://tr.padlet.com/pelin_kucuk87/technology-workshop

http://tr.padlet.com/pelin_kucuk87/technology–workshop

 

There are some photos from the workshop below:

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