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The 2019/20 EDU, ELT/ELL and EDTECH Conference Calendar for Canım Türkiyem…Ver 1.2

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning on 17/08/2019 at 6:08 pm

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ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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Sevgili Hocalarim,

I was going to go with a whole new layout for the calendar this time around – graphics, images, etc…BUT, I just had to keep that “intro photo”…the one I have used ever since I started the Conference Calendar…back in 2012!

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So, what do we have for you all today?

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Well, a lot of the events being planned for 2020 are still not set in stone and very few have been able to get their webpages off the ground. So, I thought it best that we cover the events up to the end of 2019 – and I’ll do an “upgrade” at the start of December with all those confirmed events at that time!

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REMEMBER – if you are having an event and it is confirmed, please let me know and I’ll get it up on the calendar for you…

 


SEPTEMBER 2019

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Bogazici 27:28 Sept

EVENT: THE – 2nd ELT Conference – Boğaziçi University SoFL

DATE(S): 27-28 September 2019

THEME: “Teaching for a Better World in the 21st Century”

LOCATION: Boğaziçi University, Albert Long Hall, South Campus – İSTANBUL

INFO: www.theconference.boun.edu.tr

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OCTOBER 2019

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EVENT: Bartın University Workshop on the 21st Century Learner Profile

in English Language Teaching and Learning

DATE(S): 18-19 October 2019

THEME: “21st Century Learners”

LOCATION: North Door Hotel, Amasra – BARTIN

INFO: http://wolepinelt.com/

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NOVEMBER 2019

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IUE 08:09 Nov

EVENT: IATEFL ESP, LAM and TTEd SIG Conference 2019

DATE(S): 08-09 November 2019

THEME: “Joint Forces for Joint Goals: Strengthening EMI through ESP/TTEd/LAM”

LOCATION: Izmir University of Economics (IUE) – İZMİR

INFO: http://iateflsigconference2019.ieu.edu.tr/

 

INGED 14-16 Nov

EVENT: The 19th INGED International ELT Conference

DATE(S): 14-16 November 2019

THEME: “Outside The Box”

LOCATION: Atılım University SoFL – ANKARA

INFO: https://inged.org.tr/

 

Tesol Turkey 28-30 Nov

EVENT: The 2nd TESOL TURKEY International ELT Conference

DATE(S): 28-30 November 2019

THEME: “Teaching Generation Z: Passing on the baton from K12 to University”

LOCATION: Eskişehir Osmangazi University – ESKİŞEHİR

INFO: https://tesolinturkey.org/upcoming-conference/

 


DECEMBER 2019

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WATCH THIS SPACE IN DECEMBER FOR MORE IN 2020!

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Just before we go…we also have some of the “big boys” planned for 2020…so a quick “shout out” for them…to help you all start planning those “jollies” and “shopping trips”:

 


MARCH 2020

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TESOL Arabia (logo-med)

EVENT: TESOL Arabia – 25th International Conference & Exhibition

DATE(S): 05 – 07 March 2020

THEME: “Empowering Educators: Technology, Leadership, & Curricular Innovation”

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira – DUBAI (UAE)

INFO: https://tesol-arabia.com/

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TESOL 2020 (Screenshot)

EVENT: TESOL 2020 International Convention & Expo

DATE(S): 31 March – 03 April 2020

THEME: Generic / Multi-Theme Annual ELT Conference

LOCATION: Colorado Convention Center – DENVER (USA)

INFO: https://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/international-convention

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April 2020

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EVENT: 54th International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

DATE(S): 18-21 April 2020 (Pre-Conference Events: 17 April 2020)

THEME: Generic / Multi-Theme Annual ELT Conference

LOCATION: Manchester Central, Windmill St – MANCHESTER (UK)

INFO: https://conference.iatefl.org/conference

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Special GUEST POST on ‘Native Speakerism’ in canım Türkiyem: TÜRKSE İSTEMEM…

In ELT and ELL, Guest BLOGGERS, Our Schools, Our Universities, Quality & Institutional Effectiveness on 17/08/2019 at 4:59 pm

Aydan ERSÖZ

Aydan (blog photo) (1)

President, INGED – Ankara / TURKEY

 

Hepinize merhaba. Çok sevdiğim ve saydığım bir meslektaşım olan Tony Gurr’un sayfasına konuk oluyorum bu sefer. Yazımı Türkçe yazmamın sebebi İngilizce bilmemem değil tabii ki. Çok şükür derdimi anlatacak kadar İngilizcem var. Üstelik derdim (dertlerim desek daha doğru olur) çok ve karmaşık. Belki eğitimlerden sorumlu idareci / yöneticilerden bazıları okur diye ümit ettiğim için Türkçe yazıyorum.

Geçenlerde yurtdışında yaşayan bir arkadaşımla sohbet ediyorduk. Bana “Burada Türklere iş imkanı neredeyse hiç yok. Türk istemiyorlar” dedi. Bir an düşündüm, burada da aynı durum geçerli değil mi diye. Ve sonuçta bu başlık ortaya çıktı.

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Gerek hizmet içi eğitimlerde gerekse üniversitelerde iş bulma hususunda “native speaker”lar için pozitif ayrımcılık olduğunu eminim sizler de fark etmişsinizdir. Türk’seniz, İngilizceniz ne kadar iyi olursa olsun, alanınızda ne kadar iyi yetişmiş olursanız olun sizi tercih etmiyorlar. “Native speaker” iseniz neredeyse hiç başka vasfınız olmasına gerek yok. Tabii ki ülkemizde görev yapan bir kısım liyakat sahibi ELT uzmanı “native speaker” var ama her “native speaker” (aslında yabancı olması bile yetiyor) uzman olacak diye bir kural yok. “Türk olmayan herhangi bir kişi Türk olan bir uzmandan daha kaliteli ve iyidir” önermesi ırkçılık değil mi sizce de?

British Colonists

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Damian J. Rivers, “native-speakerism” kavramının ELT alanında önyargı ve ayrımcılığın en önemli unsuru olduğunu vurguluyor. “Native speaker” olmayan uzmanlar (ki bu yazıda Türk uzmanlar oluyor) bu adaletsizliğin baş kurbanları haline geliyor.

Chris Holmes’un dediği gibi kurumların eğitimlerde yabancı eğitimci kullanma isteğinin arkasında bazı sebepler var: yabancı bir eğiticiye sahip olmanın “hayali prestiji”, hedef kültürün temsilcisi ile birlikte olma arzusu ve dil hakimiyeti. Bana göre ise bu giderek artan bir yabancı hayranlığından başka bir şey değil. İyi bir eğiticinin vasıfları arasında doğuştan yabancı olmak diye bir madde hiç görmedim. Ülkemizde dilde son derece yeterli alanında çok iyi yetişmiş pek çok eğitici varken sırf Türk diye onları tercih etmemek nasıl bir mantıktır gerçekten kafam almıyor.

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Çay ve Simit 02

Görevlendirmelerde liyakat olmadığı sürece hiçbir eğitim amacına ulaşamaz. Liyakat yani bir işi verilen görevi layığıyla ve başarıyla yapabilecek kişiye verme her görevlendirmenin tek şartı olmalıdır. Bu durum aklıma Mevlana’nın meşhur sözünü getiriyor: “Bir kunduracının elinde kuyumcunun aleti, kuma ekilmiş dane (tohum) gibidir”.

Ehil olmayan kişilerin verdiği eğitimler gereksiz yere kaynak israfına sebep olur ve bilimsel bir nitelik taşımaz. Bu durum eğitim alanları da duygusal olarak olumsuz etkiler. Hizmet içi eğitimlerden yaka silken, kaçmak için sebep arayan öğretmen arkadaşlarımıza bir sorun isterseniz. Eğer eğitimlerde başarılı bir sonuç isteniyorsa, kurum mutlaka işin gerektirdiği bilgi ve beceriye sahip, deneyimli, kurum kültürüne aşina ve saygılı, iyi iletişim becerilerine sahip ehil kişilerle çalışmalıdır. Bu kişilerin milliyeti bir vasıf değildir. Sırf “native speaker” diye eğitici uzman seçilemez; tıpkı sırf “Türk” diye uzman seçilemeyeceği gibi.

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Bakkal ve Papağan Story (book cover)

Yazımı Mesnevi’den “Bakkal ve Papağan” öyküsünden ilgili kısımla bitirmek istiyorum. Vaktiyle memleketin birinde bir bakkal vardı. Bakkalın sahibi yeşil tüylü, güzel sesli, akıllı, konuşkan, nüktedan bir papağan satın almıştı. Bu papağan gelen müşterilerle sohbet eder, onlarla şakalaşır, iyi vakit geçirmelerini sağlardı. Bir gün bakkalın sahibinin eve gitmesi icap etti. Papağana: -Dükkana göz kulak ol. Koruyup kolla. Dükkan sana emanet, deyip çıkıp gitti. Aksilik bu ya…tam da o sırada kedinin biri bir fare yakalamış halde dükkandan içeriye daldı. Papağan azgın kediyi görünce korkudan ödü koptu. Ne yapacağını bilmez bir halde oradan oraya uçup dururken dükkanı darmaduman etti. Papağan bir köşeye sinmiş tir tir titrerken, dükkanın sahibi çıkageldi. Adam durumu hemen anladı, pişman olmuştu olmasına da ne yazık ki iş işten geçmişti. Bu durumda asıl suçlu bir papağana bakkalda bekçilik görevi veren, onda yeterlilik, ustalık ve uygunluk aramayan dükkan sahibinin bizzat kendisidir.

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Kalın sağlıcakla.

 

What can I do for YOU?

In Educational Leadership, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO), Our Schools, Our Universities, Uncategorized on 13/07/2018 at 11:35 am

The recent parliamentary and presidential elections here in canım Türkiyem left a lot of the so-called ‘white Turks’ a wee bit unhappy (to say the least). Muharrem İnce put up a brave fight as the CHP candidate…but most of knew it was always going to be a one-horse race!

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The real surprise came, however, when Erdoğan announced his new cabinet. In the line-up, there was a face that many described as ‘totally unexpected’!

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No…not that one…the ‘Son-in-Law’ just sent investors running for the hills and helped the dollar make a bloody great hole in my newly-painted ceiling!

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This one…

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Ziya Selçuk…a well-known Professor from Gazi University…a progressive educational thunker and founder of Maya Okulları (originally in Ankara and now in Manavgat and Diyarbakır)a teacher’s teacher!

A surprise? A surprise?

Shouldn’t every country have a Minster of Education with this type of background… pedigree…sense of humour, even?

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I guess many people thought it was unexpected because ‘Ziya Hoca’ had been the Head of the Instruction and Education Board (Talim Terbiye), a key arm of the Ministry of Education (MEB) when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) first came to power in the early 2000s…at the time Dark Lord Hüseyin Çelik held the reigns of power.

Ziya Hoca walked away.

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Others might have thought it was a surprise that Ziya Hoca agreed to take the appointment!

The MEB has the reputation for changing its ‘leader’ more often than its underwear (5 times since 2002 and the start of AKP rule). Sadly, all these leaders also demonstrated amazingly low levels of Educational Literacy and Turkish Educational policy, some might think, was produced by this type of discussion…

Talking Ass

…and those very decisions then frequently falling foul of…

Baby U-turn

…’revisions’ that totally confused parents, students, teachers…even God herself!

This is not how Ziya Hoca does busyness and his appointment has, on the whole, been met with a lot of praise and given a lot of educators ‘hope’ (whatever you may think about Erdoğan, stupid he is not…not at all)!

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So, why am I writing this post?

Well…on a lot of the Leadership and Middle Management Training programmes I run, we talk about what ‘new leaders’ have to do in their first 90 days in office (regardless of experience, qualifications and ‘personal vision’)…

Top of the list:

  • SHUT UP!
  • ASK QUESTIONS!
  • LISTEN!

Hence, the title of this post…

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I’ve been chatting to a lot of friends on the phone since the appointment (mostly because I can’t leave the house…after a ‘fight’ with a 6cm step left me with 4 fractures in my foot, a ripped calf on the other leg, bruised ribs…and a shiriously red-faced ego! Size really doesn’t matter!!!) and talking about what Ziya Hoca could do to improve the quality of language learning, teaching and assessment across canım Türkiyem.

A few ideas are:

  • Work closely with the Council for Higher Education (YÖK) and Universities with ELT Departments to ensure teachers-in-training are given more opportunities to actually graduate with higher levels of fluency and accuracy (at least a minimum of CEFR – B2+/C1 or GSE 70-78) – via language support across all 4 years of their courses, 6-month exchange programmes with schools in the UK, US or Canada, etc.
  • Ensure every school has access to a Professional Learning Budget for its language departments and has the authority to use this budget to meet the ‘bottom-up’ needs of teachers.
  • Create training opportunities that tackle the serious issues of ‘content-driven’ or ‘activity-based’ teaching that are the product of schools’ obsessions with ‘covering the textbook’ and develop teacher ability to meet commonly-agreed learning outcomes by creating motivating and engaging learning opportunities – not simply turning pages like a burger-flipper at Macdonalds.
  • Remove the current conventional wisdom that language tests have to be dominated by ‘objective’ multiple-choice questions and prepare the groundwork for a fundamental shift towards ‘formative assessment’ in our language classrooms and the use of valid and reliable ‘communicative tests’ which prioritise the importance of speaking.
  • NEVER, everever…repeat the ‘cock-up’ that was the Fatih Project!

There are many, many more…

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If Ziya Hoca asked YOU, what would you tell HIM?

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HERE’S the graphic on ‘trust’ that I could not add into the comments section (15/07/18):

Workplace Trust (Jacobs 2012)

 

The 2018 EDU, ELT/ELL and EDTECH Conference Calendar for Canım Türkiyem…Ver 5.1

In Conferences, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning, Technology on 12/03/2018 at 2:46 am

Sevgili Hocalarim,

I know I said that the last version of the Calendar would be the last – I guess the fat lady just hadn’t finished singing…

So, here we go…with a  couple of updates to details and contact info…and a couple of additions, too!

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Let’s look at our events across canım Turkiyem first:

 


MARCH 2018

EVENT: 5. Eğitim Teknolojileri Zirvesi (ETZ18)

21C LEARNing FIRST

EVENT: 1st ELT, DAF and FLE Conference

EVENT: 13th GKV ELT Conference

  • DATE: 17 March 2018
  • LOCATION: Gaziantep College Foundation Department (GKV) – GAZIANTEP
  • THEME: Effective Classroom Practices in 2018
  • INFO: http://elt.gkv.k12.tr/default.asp

EVENT: 2nd GELTUS Conference

EVENT: 5th International NTELT Conference

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APRIL 2018

EVENT: 4th Cukurova International ELT Conference (CUELT 2018) 

  • DATE: 05-06 April 2018
  • LOCATION: Çukurova University, Faculty of Education – ADANA
  • THEME: Generic ELT Issues
  • INFO: https://www.cueltconferences.org/ (Contact: Ali Ceyhun Müftüoğlu)

EVENT: 10th International ELT Research Conference

EVENT: 2nd International Conference on Education and Learning 

EVENT: X. TED ELT Conference

  • DATE: 28-29 April 2018
  • LOCATION: TED Mersin College – MERSIN
  • THEME: The Wonderful World of Words
  • INFO: http://elt.ted.org.tr/  You can follow the livestream of this conference on YouTube (see http://elt.ted.org.tr/ for details). 

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MAY 2018

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EVENT: V. International Eurasian Educational Research Congress

EVENT: The 13th METU International ELT Convention

EVENT: 32. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı

EVENT: Sabancı School of Languages Conference

EVENT: 4th International Conference: Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond

  • DATE: 9-11 May 2018
  • LOCATION: Palm Wings Hotels & Resorts – EPHESUS / İZMİR
  • THEME: Fostering Academic Integrity Through Consistent and Transparent Approaches
  • INFO: https://plagiarism.pefka.mendelu.cz/

EVENT: 1st Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Foreign Language Education Conference

  • DATE: 11-12 May 2018
  • LOCATION: Bandirma 17 Eylul University – BANDIRMA/BALIKESİR
  • THEME: Trends and Best Practices in Quality and Accreditation
  • INFO: http://qaafl.com and  dstaub@bandirma.edu.tr

EVENT: The 3rd BELL Intl. Graduate Student Conference

  • DATE: 17-18 May 2018
  • LOCATION: Dept. of English Language and Literature, Bülent Ecevit University – ZONGULDAK
  • THEME: Generic EL and Lit. Content
  • INFO: http://www.bellconference.beun.edu.tr

EVENT: 1st ScOLa ELT Conference

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JUNE 2018

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EVENT: The 15th Bilkent University (BUSEL) Conference

  • LOCATION: Bilkent University – ANKARA
  • DATE: 29-30 June 2018
  • THEME: The Future of EAP: Provision, Standards and Practices
  • INFO: buselconf@bilkent.edu.tr

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JULY 2018

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SEPTEMBER 2018

EVENT: 2nd International Black Sea Conference on Language & Language Education

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Twitter (bird announce)

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Then, we add some ‘sauce’ – for those of you with a half-decent ‘conference fund’ and a School operational plan that covers ‘foreign jollies’:

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Please notethe rumours are indeed true – the TESOL Arabia (TACON) event for this year has been ‘postponed’ (though people are being tight-lipped as to ‘why’) the ALLT Event in March (at Zayed University) is NOT a TESOLArabia ‘replacement’ for TACON…so if you were planning a ‘shopping trip’ to Dubai (again), try that one…or consider Doha!

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FEBRUARY 2018

EVENT: ELT Ireland – 4th Annual Conference

 


MARCH 2018

EVENT: Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching (ALLT) Conference

EVENT: The 53rd RELC International Conference

  • DATE: 12-14 March 2018
  • LOCATION: SINGAPORE
  • THEME: 50 Years of ELT and Assessment – Reflections, Insights and Possibilities 
  • INFO: http://www.relc.org.sg/Conference2018/ (Contact: Dr Alvin Pang)

EVENT: TESOL 2018 – International Convention & English Language Expo

 


APRIL 2018

EVENT: The 52nd IATEFL Conference

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MAY 2018

EVENT: 5th International Language in Focus Conference

EVENT: GlobELT 2018: An International Conference on Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language

 


JUNE 2018

EVENT: The European Conference on Language Learning 2018 

  • DATE: 29June – 01 July 2018
  • LOCATION: BRIGHTON, UK
  • THEME: Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change
  • INFO: http://ecll.iafor.org (Contact: Kiyoshi Mana)

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JULY 2018

EVENT: The 8th Serious Play Conference

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OCTOBER 2018

  • EVENT: 6th CEBS Sprachenforum
  • DATE: 23-25 October 2018
  • LOCATION: Bad Hofgastein – AUSTRIA
  • THEME: (TBC)
  • INFO: https://www.cebs.at/index.php?id=52 (specific website under development)

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NOVEMBER 2018

EVENT: 3rd Practical Pedagogies Training Conference

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The 2016-17 EDU, ELT/ELL and EDTECH Conference Calendar for Canım Türkiyem…Ver 1.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, Teacher Learning on 03/07/2016 at 11:17 am

And…here’s you guys thinking I had died…passed on…ceased to be…expired…gone to meet my maker…kicked the bucket…shuffled off my mortal coil!

 

No such luck…

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…is very much alive and kicking!

 

Having strayed from the path of light (OK…not as much as Kylo Ren) and avoided me bouts of bloggery for as long as I have, I thought I’d re-launch the ‘ole blog with one of the best-selling, regular posts that seems to have been missed the most…esp. over AY2015-16 (so, please stop mailing me and sending FB hate-messages)!

 

As a fair few of you have noted, Canım Türkiyem has still not come up with a way to keep all of us (consistently) informed of the major EDUevents taking place in a given year – so, I guess, it still falls to me…

 

Problem is that…I have jumped the gun a wee bit! There are not many confirmed for 2016-17…good job this is only VER 1.0 and also that I will update the post as soon as I hear of any others.

 

As usual, I’ll kick off with the specific events here in Canım Türkiyem – before moving onto the International (and Regional) BIG BOYS…yani, those conferences that are far too far away (and too expensive for most of us to get to) …unless we work for an EDUorganisation that sends all its TEACHers on an international ‘jolly’ (while all the administrators / managers stay back at home to look after the shop)!

 ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

Here we go…

 

 

  • DATE: Sept 08 – 10
  • LOCATION: Boğaziçi University – Istanbul, Turkey.
  • EVENT/THEME: ITHET 2016 – The 15th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training
  • CONTACT/SITE: http://www.ithet.boun.edu.tr/ 

 

 

 

  • DATE: March 04
  • LOCATION: Radisson Blu Hotel – Istanbul, Turkey
  • EVENT/THEME: EdTech Summit (Eğitim Teknolojileri Zirvesi)
  • CONTACT/SITE: www.edtechturkey.com 

 

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As promised…the BIG BOYS! I’ve even added a couple of flipping good ideas for holidays in the States (if you have not made plans, yet)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As ever, if you overhear a whispered conversation in a dark car park…let me know and I’ll get it up onto VERSION 1.1 – coming soon to a server near you!

 

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The 2014-15 EDU, EDTECH and ELT/ELL Conference Calendar for Canım Türkiyem…Ver 1.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, Our Schools, Our Universities on 03/10/2014 at 7:02 pm

I’ve decided to make a few tiny, tweeny-weeny changes to this year’s Conference Calendar!

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Yes, that image is the first one – heck…if Warren Buffett can say something outrageous about the States (and 1776), I thought I’d just borrow his words a wee bit (and apply them to our conferences here in canım Türkiyem)!

Bizim conferenceler, here in Turkey, have been getting a pretty good reputation over the last few years…and this year is shaping up to be the same!

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The second change is that I am not kicking off with the International “big boys” this time around. Yani, those conferences that are far too far away (and too expensive for most of us to get to) …unless we work for an EDUorganisation that sends all its TEACHers on an “international jolly” (while all the administrators / managers stay back at home to look after the “shop”)!

You can find all the major international events at the bottom of this post.

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The third change is not really up to me!

With the events this year (well, the ones that have been confirmed thus far) we are starting to see a bit of a shift towards…more and more joint events (this is good…cool even!) and a lot more EdTech Conferences (but not as many online or UNconferences as perhaps we should).

For this reason, ’tis no longer just the ELT/ELL Calendar…but rather the EDU, EDTECH and ELT/ELL Calendar!

As usual…big, bad İstanbul dominates the calendar but word has it that a couple more are in the pipeline for “mother Anatolia” (a few schools are still being a bit coy about publishing their dates) – I’ll update this post as and when we get more information on these…I think we got up to Version 6.2 last year!

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So, without further ado…here we go:

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  • I. Eğitim Kongresi (1st Education Congress – Turkish) – 21.Yüzyılda Bir Eğitim Felsefesi Oluşturmak Ve Özel Okullar
  • Antalya, Turkey
  • 28 – 30 November 2014
  • INTCESS15 – 2nd International Conference on Education and Social Sciences
  • İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2 – 4 February 2015
  • LIF2015 (Language in Focus) – Contemporary Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Praxis in ELT and SLA
  • Caddadocia, Turkey
  • 4 – 7 March 2015
  • EdTech Summit 2015
  • Bahçeşehir University – İstanbul, Turkey
  • 14 March 2015 (UPDATE Coming Soon)
  • GlobELT 2015 – Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language (with Hacettepe University)
  • Antalya, Turkey
  • 16 – 19 April 2015
  • edtechİST 2015 – International Educational Technology Conference in Istanbul
  • İstanbul, Turkey
  • 18 – 19 April 2015
  • Beykent / Doğuş University – 1st Joint Conference
  • İstanbul, Turkey
  • 09 May 2015 (UPDATE Coming Soon)
  • UDES 2015 (1st International Symposium on Language Education and Teaching)
  • Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversity – Nevşehir, Turkey
  • 28 – 30 May 2015
  • INGED 2015 (17th International INGED ELT Conference)
  • Çankaya University – Ankara, Turkey
  • October 2015 (UPDATE Coming Soon)

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ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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As promised – the International (and Regional) “BIG BOYS”…

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  • LeWeb
  • Paris, France
  • 9 – 11 December 2014
  • BETT
  • London, UK
  • 21 – 24 January 2015
  • TACON2015 (21st TESOL Arabia International Conference) – Teaching and Learning in the Digital World
  • Dubai, UAE
  • 12 – 14 March 2015
  • TESOL 2015 – Crossing Borders, Building Bridges
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 25 – 28 March 2015
  • IATEFL 2015 – 49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
  • Manchester, UK
  • 11 – 14 April 2015
  • ISTE 2015 – Connected Learning. Connected World.
  • Philadelphia, USA
  • 28 June – 01 July 2015
  • BAAL 2015 – The British Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 3 – 5 September 2015

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AND, a little bit of “sauce”:

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  • LAL4 4th Language Arts and Linguistics Conference
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 25 – 26 October 2014

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As ever, please forgive me if I have missed any (just let me know and I’ll fix it, promise)…if you are still planning an event at your institution, get your skates on and let us all know (with a comment).

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Take care…sevgili hocalarım!

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How long does it take to LEARN English, hocam? – The “10,000 Hour” Upgrade…

In ELT and ELL, Quality & Institutional Effectiveness on 21/02/2014 at 9:55 pm

There is a lot of talk around canım Türkiyem these days about how many hours are needed for students to LEARN or “speak” English. In fact, we have even invented new acronyms to help us do this – classroom contact hours are now frequently referred to as GLHs (or “guided learning hours”).

What a queer turn of phrase – when what so many schools really mean is “bums on seats” and ears “pointed at” the teacher!

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TELLıng theTRUTH (Ver 03)

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These discussions have been “aided” by wider (mis)understanding of the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment)– now, you know the reason for the abbreviation!), and its six levels of proficiency from A1 to C2.

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Now, not everyone is a fan of the CEFR – mostly because it has been skillfully co-opted by ELT marketeers eager to sell their wares (by pasting on a EU logo onto whatever they are flogging)!

However (and in truth), the CEFR is refreshing change from the “fuzzy labels” of the past – “intermediate” or “upper-intermediate” or even “pre-faculty” (in academic contexts).

More of the same (my dogs)

I never did really know what these terms meant anyways!

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Besides, the CEFR was originally designed to improve levels of “transparency” – always a “fan” of that (as is Julian)!

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Fasülye (Blog new ver)

YES…there is a “prize” for any non-Turkish speaker that can work out that one!

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In a way, it is impossible to accurately calculate the hours needed to LEARN a language – as it depends on factors such as the learner’s language background, the intensity of study and levels of individual engagement, the learner’s age and motivation (even “gender” – yes, girls do generally kick ass in the right environment), and the amount of study and exposure outside the classroom – in addition to the quality of TEACHing (we sometimes forget this one) …and how many iTunes downloads a student clocks up each week!

Many ELL professionals, for example, think it’s a total waste of time to even try and run a “time and motion study” on language LEARNing.

Afterall, it’s the “quality” rather than the “quantity” of hours that matter…isn’t it?

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So, what do we “know”:

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GLHs (Hocam post)

Yep, that bloody acronym…again!

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I really, really, really have my doubts about the recommended GLHs for C2 – most higher-level learners do not get to this level based on classroom GLHs alone (“talent” is a key factor, as is extended contact with native speaker-like environments – ….or taking a “spouse”…)!

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C2 Level (Hocam Post)

Also, the right kind of “interest” or “engagement” is soooooooo importantmy wife has been an EL learner for 27 years (her first “second” language was French) and I do not think she would mind if I said she would probably struggle in a more “academic”  ELL environment – she would, however, wipe the floor with most native speakers on matters of a spiritual nature, reconnective healing, and…counselling workaholic EDUcators!

But, that’s for another post…

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For many hazırlık centres or “prep schools” at university level in Turkey the distinction between B2 and B1 is of more interest. This is because, in terms of the CEFR, most Turkish universities have selected a hazırlık “exit requirement somewhere between B2 and B1.

We see this more clearly when we look at IELTS equivalencies for these CEFR levels – somewhere between IELTS band 4.5 and 6.5 for those of you more familiar with IELTS.

Yes, you heard me…there are some “bodies” here in canım Türkiyem that believe that a student with a Band 5.0 in IELTS…can go onto a full-time, English-medium…undergraduate programme!

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Handle the truth

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BUT, maybe we should just avoid talking about IELTS…for now!

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You know me sooooo well!

I never did listen to my lawyers that much…

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Most “hazırlık centres” in Turkey are still to define their programmes and progression systems in terms of CEFR (the labels, we use…at least!) – TOEFL scores or IELTS bands are the more common form of currency when discussing what it takes to “graduate” from hazırlık into “freshman year”.

Top ranking universities in the UK currently all require an IELTS band of 7.0 and other “respectable” UK universities ask for an IELTS band of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each module) for international students applying to their undergraduate programmes. These universities will also accept a band 5.5 for entry onto their “foundation programmes” – …the equivalent to hazırlık.

If you want to live in Australia (forEVER – …speak to my wife before you do that!), you have to make sure you have an IELTS band of 7.0 – remember this!

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However, let me introduce you to my little friend:

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Gladwell

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Yeah, I know some (very smart) buggers have been having a dig at Malcolm Amcaof late!

But, you know what, I like this 10K thunk of “his” (…and Anders Enişte).

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I was going to do an analysis of the 10,000 hour “rule” for ELL – but someone beat me to it…someone I love to bits!

Sarah Eaton, a wonderful ELL Consultant from Canada – and…

…fellow “Jedi blogger

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I have mentioned Sarah a fair few times on allthingslearning – and she has often extended more than a helping hand to little ‘ole moi with my bouts of bloggery!

Sarah did a great paper on the time required to become “an ELL expert” – and published a version on her own blog (Literacy, Languages and Leadership).

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In her paper, she suggested a number of “scenarios” (you know how I loves me “mini-cases”):

Scenarios (no years)

Now, I know we ELL professionals are not that well-known for our “math skills” (I hate that my English is being “corrupted” by those guys “across the pond”)!

BUT, get your calculator out…NOW!

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Bet you didn’t!

The calculator thingy…that is.

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Scenarios (years)

Bet you (real “cash” money…this time!)…you are thunking something like this

Expletive (one)

…right now!

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I got thunking to meselfwhat if we did this for our hazırlık schools…here in canım Türkiyem!

I did, you know!

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Here goes!

This is what you WILL thunktrust meI’m a TEACHer:

Expletive (four)

Don’t believe me?

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Hazırlık (01)8

Told you so!

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The solution?

Well, I guess we need to look at our tried and tested quality / improvement strategyyou know the one, çoçuklar:

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ELT Strategy

Yeah…right! Worked in the past…YES?

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Let’s crunch the numbers…with a calculator!

Double the number of contact hours (sorry, GHLs!)…and…let’s throw in a “summer school” – why not!

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Hazırlık (02)

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You know what I am thunking, YES?

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Expletive (sixteen)

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YOU, too?

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Ask the studentsgo on, I dare you!

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Expletive (too many to count)

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So….what is the answer…Tony Paşa?

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Scroll up!

Yes, UP!

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What do my dogs say!

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What EXACTLY are the “Skills” needed by 21st Century TEACHERS? – The “Robocop” Upgrade…

In Classroom Teaching, ELT and ELL, Quality & Institutional Effectiveness, Technology on 18/02/2014 at 3:24 pm

21C Teacher (Robocop ver) 160214 TG

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I have been heard to say that you can’t throw a rock into the blogosphere these days without hitting a post or article on the 21st Century “something-or-other”.

Love it or hate it – the notion of 21st Century Skills is one of those HOT topics these days – especially in Turkey. Sadly, however, the discussions on EDtech here seem to be dominated by some very strange creatures…you know them as:

21C Digi Cheerleaders

…IDIOTS, mostly!

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The real problem is:

Digi Cheerleading Rabbits

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IDIOTS that are breeding like bloody rabbitson steroids!

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IDIOTS that (still) do not link the 21C concept to real LEARNing – choosing instead to focus on what seems to be both the engine and the fuel of the 21st Century…..

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Don’t get me wrong…I’m not some kind of EDtech luddite who wants to put a stop to the so-called tablet and akıllı tahta dönemi we are currently witnessing in Turkey.

Turkey is my adopted home, I am a “milli enişte” and I am amazingly proud that I helped co-create one of Turkey’s first “digital natives” (and also one of the toughest and most beautiful, too – ask me about the “Türk kızı” who took down men twice her size on the Turkish TV version of “Wipe-Out”).

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I am a “daddy”, too!

A very proud one….

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21C LEARNing FIRST

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But, my business is LEARNing (as if you didn’t know) – not TECHnology. And, I’m interested in how we actually “do” something with all the talk-we-are-talking these days – talk about the new kids on the curriculum block:

  • INDEPENDENT, CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING
  • PROBLEM-SOLVING and CREATIVITY
  • COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION and SHARING
  • COGNITIVE and EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
  • ETHICS, ACTION and ACCOUNTABILITY
  • LEADERSHIP, AGILITY and ENTREPRENEURIALISM
  • CURIOSITY, EXPERIMENTATION and RISK-TAKING
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE, RIGOUR and REFLECTION
…even:
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IMAGINEERING
(a wonderful “skill” that brings many of the above together)… 
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 21C SMARTBoards and DUMBIdeas

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We know here in Turkey (not that different to the rest of the world…really) that we still have major challenges with:

  • ORAL and WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (the 3R’s in TURKISH) – of course!
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE (the 3R’s in ELL)

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But, the TECH (and the so-called “new digital landscape”) still gets many more column inches and pixels than student LEARNing.

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Our raging debate, a debate that others in the US and Europe have picked up, centres on Turkey’s plans to purchase 15,000,000 tablets over the next few years (as part of the Fatih Project) – and has international and domestic commentators really talking:

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Actually, I’m not sure if we should be talking about the tablets (the PM was today…again and again and again) – we should be discussing the skills the tablets are supposed to be ushering into Turkish schools.

…and, the impact of these skills on TEACHers.

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In an earlier post, I discussed how these 21st Century realities are creating a new set of roles for TEACHers:

However, discussion on how these roles translate into a new evolving set of teacher skillsliteracies and fluencies has been (very) limited – especially, in Turkey.

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Isn’t it time we started to ask some REAL questions:

  • What skills do TEACHers (in Turkey) need as we continue our march into the 21st Century?
  • How many of these skills actually relate to how we deploy and use TECHNOLOGY?
  • How many of them relate to effective LEARNing and TEACHing?
  • What do TEACHers actually think themselves – and what do their LEARNers think?
  • How effectively is TEACHer (and LEARNer) LEARNing being promoted and supported (in Turkey)?
  • What else needs to change to make the 21st Century “wishlist” a reality?

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Hey, maybe we can even start asking some of the most basic questions.

Questions like:

21C TECHnology SECOND

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I’d love to see some fresh ideas and comments. 

If not (and you are a lover of “bedtime reading”) – here’s a little list of some resources on allthings21Cskills:

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Tony’s 21st CENTURY LEARNing Library

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2014 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 6.1 (Upgraded for May Events)!

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 29/01/2014 at 2:59 pm

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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It’s been a while since I updated the infamous Conference Calendar – but with all the news I was seeing from BETT 2014 (a few weeks back) I thunked that I’d best get me skates on and do another update!

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Those of you that know the ‘ole Blog, know that I try to keep my ear to the ground on all the lovely conference events that are coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

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This year I started well early. I did Ver 1.0 of the Conference Calendar just after Summer couple of months back. After a few upgrades this evolved into the last version (Ver 3.1) in December – time for Ver 4.1!

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Before we get to canım Türkiyemas you might also remember, I usually start with the ones that only the “rich kids” can go to!

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As I said, 2014 has just kicked off with a “BIGGIE” – a very EdTech BIGGIE! So, I have removed the BETT event

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Of course, the other upcoming “BIGGIES” are:

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  • 13-15 March
  • TESOL Arabia (20th International Conference) – Hyatt Regency (Dubai, UAE)
  • Theme: Methods and Means in ELT

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  • 26-29 March
  • TESOL 2014 – Portland, Oregon (International & EL Expo)
  • Theme: ELT for the Next Generation (See also #tesol14 on Twitter)

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  • 02-05 April
  • IATEFL 2014 (48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition) – Harrogate (International Conference Centre)
  • Theme: ELT for the Next Generation

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…but, I also wanted to add a couple of others (that have great potential):

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  • 03-09 August
  • Pilgrims – 40th Anniversary Conference, Kent University, Canterbury,
  • Theme: TBC (Details available soon) – @PilgrimsTT on Twitter)

STOP PRESS…Sadly, we got word last week that Pilgrims have decided to postpone this event. The good news is that they already have plans to try and pull it off in Summer 2015!

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but...

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…I know why you have really come to this post…the conferences and events where we can get some decent çay and (even a simit):

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CONFERENCE cay ve simit (2013 to 14) TG ver

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Seriously, have you ever had a simit in London…in Ireland…in Harrogate (!)

…just don’t get me started on that crappy “tea” they serve there…!

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Türküz, Doğruyuz, Çalışkanız…ve daha güzel çay (da) yaparız!

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Canım Türkiyem has been building up a great reputation for its events over the past few years. The çay and simit help, of course, but it is the sheer range of our events that really does the job…and the dedication of the teams that put these events on!

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So, without further ado – here are the ones we currently have on the calendar, thus far:

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JANUARY 2014

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FEBRUARY 2014

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MARCH 2014

  • 01 March
  • Özel Çevre College – 10th Annual Çevre ELT Conference (İstanbul, Turkey) 
  • Theme: The Call of Carnival (…Check out their FB Page, too)

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  • 01 March
  • EALTA  SIG Conference – Çağ University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences / ELT Department (Mersin, Turkey)
  • Theme: Assessment for Academic Purposes (Contact: Şehnaz Şahinkarakaş – sehnazsahin@gmail.com)

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APRIL 2014

  • 05 April
  • 4. Yeni Nesil Eğitim Konferansı – Acıbadem Doğa Koleji (İstanbul, Turkey)
  • Theme: Eğitimde Değişim Hareketi (Doğa Koleji, İstanbul Üniversitesi ve Vitamin işbirliği ile) 

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  • 12 April
  • ODTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı Özel Denizli Okulları – The 1st National ELT Conference (Denizli, Turkey)
  • Theme: ELT for 21st Century Learners

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MAY 2014

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  • 31 May to 01 June
  • Eğitim Teknolojileri Zirvesi – Yıldız Technical University, YTÜ Davutpaşa Kampüsü Kongre Merkezi (İstanbul, Turkey)
  • Theme: EDtech in canım Türkiyem

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JUNE 2014

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SEPTEMBER 2014

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As ever, there are a couple more in the pipeline – funny, there has not been as much scrapping for those ever-so-valuable weekends in March and April this year. There are rumours of a whole bunch of events in Konya…but someone is keeping details of these under wraps!

WATCH THIS SPACE…

I’ll let you know more details as more events are confirmed – but do drop us a comment or 3, if you hear of one that is a “go”!

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Creativity (Annie Dillard quote 01)

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar

2013/14 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 3.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 03/11/2013 at 12:18 pm

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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As you all know, I don’t usually get the Conference Calendar rolling till mid-November – but a couple of people asked me if I can spread the word about a handful of events that were coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…just after Summer. 

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So, I did Ver 1.0 of the “Conference Calendar” a coulple of months back…then, evolved this into Ver 2.0 in October – this is the second expanded version!

…and, as you might also remember, I usually start with the one that only the “rich kids” can go to!

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The International events over 2013-14… 

So, here you go…(still) without the “sauce” (that will be in Ver 3.0):

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Of course, we have the “BIGGIES”:

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  • 22-25 January (2014)
  • BETT 2014 – London (ExCel London – London’s Royal Docks)
  • Theme: Generic 

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  • 13-15 March (2014)
  • TESOL Arabia (20th International Conference) – Location – TBC
  • Theme: TBC

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  • 26-29 March (2014)
  • TESOL 2014 – Portland, Oregon (International & EL Expo)
  • Theme: ELT for the Next Generation (See also #tesol14 on Twitter)

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  • 02-05 April (2014)
  • IATEFL 2014 (48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition) – Harrogate (International Conference Centre)
  • Theme: ELT for the Next Generation

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…but, I also wanted to add a couple of others (that have great potential):

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  • 11-15 November (2013)
  • The Macmillan Online Conference 2013Speaker Schedule
  • Theme: BE, ELT, EAP (Join for FREE right here)

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  • 03-09 August (2014)
  • Pilgrims – 40th Anniversary Conference, Kent University, Canterbury,
  • Theme: TBC (Details available on 01 December – @PilgrimsTT on Twitter)

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…I know why you have really come to this post…the conferences and events where we can get some decent çay and (even a simit):

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CONFERENCE cay ve simit (2013 to 14) TG ver

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Seriously, have you ever had a simit in London…in Ireland…in Harrogate (!)

…just don’t get me started on that crappy “tea” they serve there…!

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Türküz, Doğruyuz, Çalışkanız…ve daha güzel çay (da) yaparız!

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Canım Türkiyem has been building up a great reputation for its events over the past few years. The çay and simit help, of course, but it is the sheer range of our events that really does the job…and the dedication of the teams that put these events on!

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So, without further ado – here are the ones we currently have on the calendar, thus far:

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NOVEMBER 2013

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  • 14 December
  • ATAFEN College – 4th ELT Conference (İzmit/Kocaeli, Turkey)
  • Theme: Keys ‘R’ Us (E-mail: atafenenglishteam@hotmail.com) 

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MARCH 2014

  • 01 March
  • Özel Çevre College – 10th Annual Çevre ELT Conference (İstanbul, Turkey) 
  • Theme: The Call of Carnival (…more on the way soon)

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MAY 2014

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JUNE 2014

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As ever, there are many, many more in the pipeline – I just love it when all the schools start scrapping for those ever-so-valuable weekends in March and April…but not as much as all the publishers and their staff!

I’ll let you know more detials as more events are confirmed – but do drop us a comment or 3, if you hear of one that is a “go”!

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Creativity (Annie Dillard quote 01)

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar

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