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Reflections on “Language Assessment Course”: Part 2 Assessing Writing


Last week we had a “timed essay writing” practice with my intermediate level students which went really very bad. We usually write essays in a process which involves multiple drafting and on-going feedback from the teacher and peers. After reading and listening to some input materials that would give my students some ideas for their […]

Reflections on “Language Assessment” Course: Part 1 Assessing Speaking


Lessons in Language Assessment For the last 3 weeks I have been auditing Prof. Hossein Farhady’s Language Assessment course given as a part of Yeditepe University PhD program in English Language Teaching. Though I have finished taking classes and I am on the verge of writing the proposal of my doctorate thesis, I still enjoy […]

Designing an online program; Relevant Learning Theories


I have enrolled into a very interesting and challenging course offered by Georgie tech Coursera; Fundamentals of On-line Education Planning and Application. Course objectives cover; (1) understanding on-line learning pedagogy and androgogy, (2) reviewing  on-line learning components, (3) creating on-line learning components, (4) investigating on-line course design, (5) exploring learning managemnt systems, and (6) creating an […]

Wired In or Out?; 1st International ELT Symposium of Yildiz Technical University


The 1st International Symposium of Yildiz Technical University School of Foreign Languages kicked off today, with a top level programme and super-star speakers. The opening talk was followed by music and performance session. The Rector of the university and the organising committee thanked the sponsors with plagues. Plenary by Chuck Sandy, İTDİ Director, kicked off […]

M-learning from start to finish with Mark Pegrum


Mark Pegrum’s concurrent session examined the terrain of mobile handheld technologies and showcased some learner-centred, innovative and creative web tools and applications. These web tools and applications ranged from podcasts (which stood on the simple, less technologically straightforward side of the spectrum) to QR codes, geosocialnetworking and augmented reality (which are pedagogically and conceptually classified […]

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The Edublogs Awards


I am looking forward to this year’s edublog awards. Nominations will end very soon. More info is at the Edublog’s website. I would like to nominate Sultan Zeydan’s blog as the “Best Teacher Blog”. Good Luck to all and happy blogging.

Web Tools for Learning Vocabulary; Word Clouds and MindMapping Tools


Last week  I asked the students to revise the newly learned vocabulary by using some web tools such as Text2Mindmap, Wordle, and Image Chef . The idea was to get my students write vocabulary exercises using  Word clouds & Mind mapping Tools. I wanted the students to work in groups to prepare vocabulary exercises and […]

Insights from Richard Kiely


Prof.Richard  Kiely gave a webinar that was organised by British Council Turkey and delivered a plenary speech on “The learning of new teachers in TESOL” at Marmara University International Symposium, “Foreign Language Education and Its Applications in Prep Classes” last week. His book on course evaluation was one of our course books at my doctorate […]

Autonomy, Social Networking and Professional Development


Marisa Constantinides is one of project partners of aPLaNet and she gave a concurrent keynote entitled “Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home”.  In this session, Marisa outlined ample opportunities that could be found on the internet for professional development of teachers and discussed various ways of getting involved in networks of community of practice. How […]


Autonomous ‘Personal learning Networks’ for Language Teachers (aPLaNet) Project Launch Conference Today I attended project launch conference of PLaNet in Yeditepe University. This is a very inspiring EU funded project with the aim of providing language teachers in Europe with chances of professional development and in the first plenary keynote project members explained different aspects […]

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