Tony Gurr

2013 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…with some “sauce”! (The “upgraded” UPGRADE…Ver 7.4)

In Conferences, ELT and ELL on 08/11/2012 at 5:16 pm

Around about this time of year…I start looking around to see if there are any decent conferences on the horizon…for those of us in canım Türkiyem.


For those of you with more cash than sense (or a very “generous” institution or Mütevelli Heyeti), there are the “biggies”, of course:

  • 08-12 April 2013
  • IATEFL 2013 (Liverpool, UK) – 47th Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • Theme: Generic


…and a bit of “sauce” could be added with a few others:

  • 14-16 March 2013
  • TESOL Arabia 2013 (Hyatt Regency – Dubai, UAE) – 19th International TESOL Arabia Conference
  • Theme: From KG to College to Career


However, most of us look forward to the “local” events.


Turkey has been getting a lot of good press with its ELT and ELL conferences and conventions over the past couple of years – and this is great!

As we step into 2013…we have a few others that have been confirmed:


  • 23 February 2013
  • Çevre College (İstanbul, Turkey) – 9th Annual Çevre ELT Conference
  • Theme: Dancing with the Methods


  • 02 March 2013
  • Tekden College (İstabul, Turkey) – 1st ELT Conference
  • Theme: Harmony in Education
  • 09 March 2013
  • Özel Türk Koleji (İzmir, Turkey) – 10th İTK ELT Conference
  • Theme: Coming Soon!
  • 16 March 2013
  • Ilkbahar Koleji (Bursa, Turkey)
  • Theme: Coming So0n!
  • 16 March 2013
  • Atayurt ELT Conference (Eskişehir, Turkey)
  • Theme: Teachnology
  • 30 March 2013
  • Hasan Kalyoncu University (Gaziantep, Turkey) – 1st HKÜ ELT Conference
  • Theme: Coming Soon!



  • 04 May 2013
  • Abdullah Aymaz Koleji (Konya, Turkey)
  • Theme: Coming Soon!
  • 04 May 2013
  • Mevlana University (Konya, Turkey)
  • Theme: Coming Soon!


  • 17-19 June 2013
  • Ege University (İzmir, Turkey) – ILCS 2nd International Symposium on Language and Communication
  • Theme: Exploring Novelties 


…and doubtless we’ll have a few more!


There’s still a fair bit of horse-trading going on vis-a-vis all those “valuable weekend dates” around March to May – and I really do not want to get meself into too much hot water!

So, check back over the coming weeks – and I’ll keep updating things as best I can…


The “sauce” at a local level? Well, why not take a look at one of these:


Let us all know if you hear of any others!

  1. I think you forgot about KOTESOL, T!

  2. I can see nothing about Ankara in the program (except the picture of Ankara SİMİT.) :((((

    • I know…we have to change this!

      The next METU convention is not until 2015 ;-(

      Bilkent will probably have another EAP Conference – but not had confirmation of that.

      The INGED Conference will be held in İzmir this year ;-(

      Wot to do? – But, I am “just” the postman 😉


      • Wot to do? Arrange one ourselves of course! We could call it “Dave & Tony’s Ankara ELT-fest”

        Let me know if you think of a better name :p

      • Dave,

        Good to hear from you – yes, an ELT-fest or 3 is just what Ankara needs. Cannot believe we have so few this year!


  3. This post is really informative,Tony,thanks a lot!
    Zuhal YILDIRIM

    • Thx Hocam – we aim to please 😉 It’s still a bit early to pull everything together – I guess the next 6-8 weeks will help us all a bit more.

      Take care,


  4. Thanks for that Tony – and hot of the press – February 23rd – Dancing With The Methods- Cevre College, İstanbul. Tickets from Biletix

  5. Thank you very much for this post, Tony! 🙂

  6. Here’s some more goodies for you T- Ilkbahar Koleji, Bursa on March 16th- no theme as yet. Abdullah Aymaz Koleji, Konya on May 4th- again no theme as yet. Ihlas schools Storytelling conf on April 6th tbc. Mevlana Uni Konya also May 4th – theme tbc. Two gigs in Konya on the same day – they might have to rethink that one. March looking back to back and still waiting for dates from Ankara for Buyuk Koleji, Yuce, etc And Tekden Koleji have a conf on March 2nd – not sure about the theme but a good line up of Turkey based trainers.

  7. Oh and almost forgot Okyanus Kolejleri-Elt conf sometime in March – 9th or 16th tbc

  8. And news in yesterday – Ozel Esentepe conf on 16th March and Ozel Genclik the following weekend on 23rd. Speakers and conf titles tbc. Konya shaping up to be the elt place to head for in 2013.

  9. Reblogged this on The Henry Brothers' Jim Jam Slam and commented:
    2013 ELT calendar from our brother Tony Gurr- Turkey shaping up to be a hive of educational activity and still waiting for dates in Ankara to be confirmed.

  10. Thanks for the frequent updates, Tony. It’s a good job you’re doing this as some of these events are doing an incredible job of remaining off the radar!

    • LOL – I know 😉 We EDUcators were always better at setting an event – not so strong on the PR and marketing of them 😉

      Take care,


  11. TED’s conference will take place in Kayseri on April 27th. No website as of yet but the theme is ‘From Inspiration to Implementation’

  12. SELT Academy and Pilgrims Teacher Training is running CPD courses in Izmir from the 18th to the 31st of August at Gediz University:

    6TH APRIL,2013

  14. 9th METU Postgraduate Conference on Linguistics and Language Teaching (PGCLLT) at Middle East Technical University between December 14-15, 2013.


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