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Foreword


We are delighted to announce that our 1st ELT Conference will take place on May 6th , 2017 at Toros University .

The theme of the conference is “21st Century Classroom in Turkey ; Best Practices and Innovation “ Basically we want to discuss new methods , ideas and approaches in language teaching . We aim to bring ELT professionals from various presses to share their current background in different fields such as ; critical thinking , communication , collaboration , technology , creativity and gamification . We strongly believe and recommend that it will be beneficial for all the attendaees to focus on teaching to generation Z . We would be happy to see you there .

We would like to thank in advance all those who will make great contributions to this event .

With best regards

Toros College Foreign Langauages Department

Schedule


  • 9.00 -9.30 – REGISTRATION
  • 9.30-10.30 – PLENARY ( CENK SARKUŞ )
  • 10.30-10.45 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 10.45- 11.30 – WORKSHOP 1
  • ( IRENE CANCA / SELCEN ERTEN / TERESA DOĞUELLİ / JOHN BARTH / ELENA BOLEL )
  • 11.30- 11.45 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 11.45-12.30 WORKSHOP 2
  • ( JONATHAN SMITH - MARK WAGHORNE / LAURA MOULTON / MUSTAFA POLAT / SİMAY AVSEVEN / ERCAN ALTUĞ YILMAZ )
  • 12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH BREAK
  • 13.30 -14.15 – WORKSHOP 3
  • ( IRENE CANCA / BERNA TORLAKLI / TERESA DOĞUELLİ / JOHN BARTH / ELENA BOLEL )
  • 14.15-14.30 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 14.30 -15.15 - WORKSHOP 4
  • ( JONATHAN SMITH - MARK WAGHORNE / LAURA MOULTON / MUSTAFA POLAT / SİMAY AVSEVEN / ERCAN ALTUĞ YILMAZ )
  • 15.15 -15.30 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 15.30 – DİLEK BATUR SEÇER / CLOSING / RAFFLE / CERTIFICATION

ABSTRACTS


BERNA TORLAKLI:  Graded process writing assessment at Toros University 

SELCEN ERTEN: Graded process writing assessment at Toros University

JOHN BARTH: I  hope to raise participants’ general understanding and awareness of the  media’s role in our students’ lives and how it can be easily addressed  and explored in the classroom through authentic tasks and simple  activities that exercise 21st century skills and simultaneously give a larger purpose to English studies. 

Please  come prepared to ask watch, listen and read. Ask questions, suggest  responses and share your personal views. Oh! – bring a pen, too!  

SİMAY AVSEVEN: Web based tools in integrated skills 

LAURA MOLTON:‘What’s in the box?’

In  this session we will discover why, even if you think you are not a very  creative or artistic person, you can still bring a dynamic, creative  and inspiring energy to your classroom and your teaching.  Along the  way, we’ll discover why creativity is crucial to developing critical  thinking skills, and look at some activities that will help you to  develop this more effectively in the classroom.

TERESA DOĞUELLİ:"Reading as a Life Skill"

From  the early years onwards, reading can be tackled as a life skill in  addition to being a skill on its own. The concept of reading for  pleasure can be incorporated into our lessons from the beginning with  regular reading taking place with learners listening and discussing what  meaning each story or picture holds for them. The more confident young  readers become, the more advanced thinking skills can be introduced and  developed. In this session, teachers will rediscover reading lessons as a gate to critical thinking, critical literacy, creativity and innovation.

CENK SARKUŞ: Creative  Rhythm Practises to apply in ouer lessons which develops collaboration  and communication in 21st Century Classroom . These practises can be  used in any lesson and can be developed with creative skills of teachers  we need in 21st Century Education System 

IRENE CANCA: Project  Based Approach strategies that promote 21st Century Skills. Interactive  workshop that reviews Project Based Learning and 21st Century Skills .  Then we will perform an interactive Project together to demonstrate  classroom applicaitons . 

JONATHAN SMITH - MARK WAGHORNE: FLIPPING THE READER – ABSTRACT

In  this workshop, we aim to show that readers are not simply a means for  students to hone their reading skills – which many of them are not very  interested in doing. Our surveys amongst the high school students that  we teach revealed that they would prefer to use readers, instead, as a  springboard for other activities. In our workshop, we hope to give  teachers some ideas for speaking tasks which will lead to colourful and  rewarding lessons, and will bring a text to life.

ELENA BOLEL:  Emotional Intelligence in the ELT classroom? But I’m just an English Teacher… English teachers are busy. Very busy! We have yearly plans to stick to, lessons to plan, papers to mark, end-of-year shows to prepare, parents asking for immediate results, school administration demanding higher scores on English tests (and this is just to mention a few!). With so much on our mind, we rarely have time to reflect on the impact our teaching has on learners in a broader sense. Meanwhile, everything we do has a profound influence on how successful (or not!) our learners may become in the future. In this workshop we will discuss the value of helping students develop higher EQ, as well as become aware of the ELT activities which foster it.

MUSTAFA POLAT:  Fostering Creativity in the Digital Age: This presentation first presents ideas about a successful creative classroom within the framework of a range of models such as Bloom’s Taxonomy and SAMR Model. After the theoretical ground has been established, a major part of the session presents several tools and applications to display how technology can be utilized creatively in order to foster creativity in classes ranging from the ones where all sorts of technology are available to the ones where there are rules to restrict the use of mobile devices.

ERCAN ALTUĞ YILMAZ:  Gamification

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