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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…

Tony (logo new) 260316 ACG

…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 

 

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

 

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!

Betting against canım Türkiyem

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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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DECEMBER 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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Why there is no more room for the “Blame Game” in 21C LEARNing Culture…

In Educational Leadership, ELT and ELL, Our Schools, Our Universities, Quality & Institutional Effectiveness on 19/09/2013 at 10:47 pm

21C Logo TG ver 02

I know, I know

…I promised that I would stop using the phrase “21st Century LEARNing”.

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SUE me (Ver 02)

OK – so glad we got that out of the way!

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In one of my very first posts (seems like a lifetime or three ago…but it is, in fact, only 30 months) –  The End of the Highway – I talked about the type of organisational culture that I saw evolving over the next few years (for the Information Age and Knowledge Economyso now you see why I went with “21C” a wee bit later).

A culture, I suggested, that was characterized NOT by the “old world” my-way-or-the-highway approaches adopted by so many of the “bosses” we had when we were younger…but by a “new world” organisational culture grounded on:

21C Org Culture (ver 02)

OMG! My graphics were pretty lousy back in the day, yes?

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Now, that’s a place I want to live…the kind of place I want my grandkids to LEARN within (no, just stop asking me about that bloody “manopause” thing already)!

A true LEARNing Culture for the 21st Century!

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But, what happens, for example, if I meet with an untimely demise – there are many Mütevelli Heyeti Presidents out there (a few YÖK employees, too) that would not be too unhappy if Tony Hoca “disappeared” or just started sleeping with the fishes (shock-horror).

Or, perhaps…I just get eaten by Zombies

Zombie Grammar In Use

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Those grandkids of mine might grow up (in canım Türkiyem, of course) with a wonderful degree of control over their mother-tongue…but be not so hot in their grand-daddy’s tongue.

Heck, they might even have to go though Hazırlık for a few months…

Hazırlık Mob (Proficiency Test)

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As I suggested in my last postall is not well in the state of “hazırlık” – apathy and lack of interest in the most important medium of global communication on the part of many hazırlık students, has evolved into a zombie-like pandemic! 

Bloody hell – just typing those words scared the beejeebers outta me…

Hocam will this be on the test 

The Ottoman Empire was once described as the sick man of Europe – today, it is Hazırlık that is being described in similar terms:

Hazırlık (sick man of HEd) ver 01

In truth…all of HigherEd in canım Türkiyem…needs a check-up!

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However, rather than help “fix” this very real problem – there is many a faculty lecturer, a head of department, a dean (or Vice Rector…even) within our so-called English-medium universities that would love us all to believe this (perhaps to cover the fact that their own English language skills are not that great or that they are still “delivering” English-medium “courses” in Turkish – of course, all down to the fact that the Hazırlık “Team” taught them nowt)!

These critical hazırlık stakeholders” (many of whom do not even know where the hazırlık building is) just can’t get enough of passing-the-buck – or playing…

Blame Game (TG ver)

 …you know how it goes, yes?

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You also know the question that always gets asked…first!

Who is to blame

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Will they never LEARN?

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We could, of course, point all those fingers at the students themselves. I mean it’s not as if they don’t give us enough reasons.

Reasons, I might say, are all reinforced by the things many hazırlık teachers have been overheard sayingthunkingagain and again!

Kids today

Go on! Raise your hand, if you have NEVER said one of these…

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The parents?

Yes, they started all this…

Pointing at the belly

…and dragged their kids up to be all the things they never could…be…afterall!

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There is no shortage of “targets” for our fingers – just look at how many we have in both Hazırlık…and the post-Hazırlık world (remember guys…there is a life after the proficiency exam – before, too)!

The TARGETS

…and, let’s not forget those pesky trouble-makers – Teacher Trainers!

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BUT…

Hang on there

Weren’t we saying something about…a 21C LEARNing Culture?

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How does this “finger-pointing” fit in with a climate of collaboration… – and what were those other thingimejigs we all say we want to see in our institutions?

21C LEARNing Culture (TG ver 02 upgrade)

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Heck, if we look at our websites – we ALREADY have them…ALL!

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If we really believe that this type of LEARNing Culture is who we arewhat we need – is there “room” for the BLAME GAME?

NO

Sorry about that full stop…beating off Zombies here!

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Call me a “dreamer” (I take that as a compliment, BTW)!

Call me a “fool” (Mmmm, this one…not so much)!

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Is it just me…acaba…that thunks…

Different QUESTIONS

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A good start is this one:

Rather than (Peter Block)

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Every single “stakeholder” in every single university across canım Türkiyem has, in some way, contributed to the pandemic spread of the Lise5 Syndrome – even the parents (and those Vice Rectors I mentioned).

And, you know what?

I’m guessing many other English-medium universities around the globe…have their own strain of the Zombie virus we have been looking at.

You can take that to the bank…

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THUNKing a wee bit differently…is the key!

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If we could just get to that first “question flip”, we might have a chancewe might survive!

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Hey, you never know…we could then perhaps ask a few other questions:

Perhaps then (Peter Block)

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That having been said…

Give LIFE a SHAKE (Ian Gilbert)

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…maybe, we can just keep “living” with the “walking dead”!

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NOTE from the CBO

This post is a “potted” (and updated) version of a mini-dizi I did back in May 2013 (for all you busy, busy folk). If you want to take a closer look (and consider even more “thunking questions” for the challenge that is hazırlık here in Turkey, take a look at the following posts:

Is the “Lise5 Syndrome” the NEW Zombie Apocalypse in ELT?

In ELT and ELL, Our Universities on 19/09/2013 at 8:38 am

Lise5 01

We hear you Natalie…we hear you!

Or, do we?

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Many of you may know that I went through a major “change” this year…

No, not the “manopause”!

Lise5 06 (The Change)

…not just a status update on Facebook, is it?

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Yes, to be sure…a major change – but one I am very happy with!

Heck, I can even “vote” in the next electionchoices, choices, choices!

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I never really liked the term “gavur” (now, you see why I prefer using Urban Dictionary these days)…even when my darling wife used it as a term of endearment.

What I have found though…is that my new status is actually quite “liberating”…afterall, I can now talk about OUR schools, OUR students and OUR challenges…here in canım Türkiyem.

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Some of you also know that I was on holiday…for around 15 years!

When I got back to my adopted home, a few things had changed. Many of these changes were very positivefor example, no longer will I say that the NHS back in the UK is the envy of Europe…and never will I have doubts about having surgery (minor or major) in Turkey.

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Lise5 02

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However, we Turks (did you hear that…) are facing a new health threat…the likes of which Brad Pitt may not even be able to help us with (or even RTE and all his “hospital projeler”).

Lise5 03

Now, I may be wrong…but we did not have the “Lise 5 Syndrome” 15 or 20 years back.

Students going through ELL programmes in our university “prep” schools back in the day just did not exhibit the symptoms we see in so many of our students these days:

  • An almost immediate allergic reaction (and nasty rash) when they see any ELT or ELL materials before 09:00 and after 16:00
  • An inability to get up for morning classes (starting at around 09:00…even those that start at 13:00)
  • Preference for playing the “blame game” (over accepting personal responsibility)
  • Unwillingness to speak English in pair work and group work tasks (unless they come with multiple-choice stimuli)
  • Frequent bouts of “forgetfulness” (esp. with notebooks, pens, textbooks…but never the cell…never the cell)
  • Reports of symptoms being passed to family “pets” (who subsequently start to consume homework sheets and project reports)
  • Viewing English as a “course to be studied” rather than a language to be “explored” and “used” (with humans)
  • Refusal to do any ELL activities if they do not mirror (exactly) “exam-type tasks”
  • Uncontrollable urge to make frequent “wise cracks” about class climate (in Turkish…via text, WhatsApp, PrivyTalks, Line, WaZapp – you get the picture)
  • Loss of logic and reflective thinking abilities (esp. with regards the value of portfolios, drafting and editing, peer feedback)
  • Making rude, inappropriate, disturbing comments in earshot of other students (things they would not probably say to their grandmothers)
  • Excessive use of the phrases – “Uff! Çok şaçma”, “Yine…bey!”,  “Bu ne, yaaa?”, “Yine? Speak to your partner, miş!”, “Aman! Nefret ediyorum, yaaa!”, “Gerizekalı! – not YOU, hocam!”

etc, etc.

Even in the so-called “top” schools around the country!

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Serious (art work)

I shit you not, Sherlock…this is a serious matter!

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Patient Zero seems to have been based in Ankara – but the school she was attending is protected under the Turkish National Secrets Act of 1923. Her boyfriend was found a few hours later at a prestigious private university in İstanbul. He was staggering around the school coffee shop (during class time)…but it was…too late. Far too late!

It was later discovered that he had taken a Pegasus flight that night…that plane had visited at least 12 other cities before dawn!

…pretty soon, cases were popping up all over the country. Some say the “spread” along the coastal areas was helped along by “tourists” & “back-packers”.

This is yet to be verified…

Lise5 04

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Although, there are many cases of “hazırlık students” that seem to be immune to the disease and her symptoms  – enrolment in a “state” or “private/vakıf” university does not seem to be a critical factor!

Many experts believe that the Lise5 Syndrome may, in fact, be caused by a “sleeping virus” (like HSV-2) – a virus that enters the body in the first or second year of High School  (some argue Lise3 is a better guess) and stays dormant for 24-36 months.

A number of high school teachers have suggested that early outbreaks may actually start at the time students register at their first “Dershane” or “prep course” for the ÖSS (Öğrenci Seçme Sınavı or Student Selection Examination – University entrance).

At the age of 8, yani!

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We many never know for sure!

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However, the UN has just released the results of its most recent study into this terrifying disease. The results are a surprise to many hazırlık teachers:

Lise5 05 (Health Chart)

Many are now asking themselves – Are WE also “carriers”?

 

 What was Natalie saying again?

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2013/14 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 2.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning on 19/08/2013 at 9:19 am

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 are coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…after Summer. 

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So, I did Ver 1.0 of the “Conference Calendar” a few weeks back. This is the first 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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  • 15-18 October (2013)
  • EDUCAUSE 2013 – Anaheim (California, USA) & Online
  • Theme: EdTech in Higher Ed

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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: Generic

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

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  • 04-08 August (2014)
  • Pilgrims – 40th Anniversary Conference, Kent University, Canterbury,
  • Theme: TBC

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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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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’s the ones we have on the calendar, thus far:

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SEPTEMBER 2013

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OCTOBER 2013

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  • 21-22 October
  • The 2nd International Conference on Internet , E-Learning & Education Technologies (ICIEET 2013) – The Marmara Taksim (İstanbul, Turkey )
  • Theme: Generic

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NOVEMBER 2013

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DECEMBER 2013

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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 as more are confirmed – but do drop us a comment or 3, if you hear of one that is confirmed.

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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 1.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/07/2013 at 11:29 am

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…after Summer.

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So, here you go…without the “sauce” for now:

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OCTOBER 2013

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  • 21-22 October 2013
  • The 2nd International Conference on Internet , E-Learning & Education Technologies (ICIEET 2013) – The Marmara Taksim (İstanbul, Turkey )
  • Theme: Generic

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NOVEMBER 2013

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DECEMBER 2013

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As ever, I’ll start looking around properly to see if there are any other decent conferences on the horizon…in Autum – but let me know if you hear of anything sexy!

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Canım Türkiyem

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar