TeCH-achers: get your one-way ticket to tech islands!
Learning English through Problem Based Learning in the Digital World
The Learning Portfolio Strand of an Intensive EAP Programme
Dilek Eryılmaz Salkı
Merve Elbirlik Tülek
Moving Pictures: The power of images to boost learner creativity and Motivation
Conflict Management and Effective Communication: Types of conflict confronted and the skills, needs, and attitudes of students in handling conflicts
Esra Çelik Soydan
Document Camera: A tool to improve upper and advanced level students’note-taking skills
Facebook - as a motivating tool to encourage learning outside the class for EAP students
June 13, Wednesday
Title of Session
Grammar Presentation Activities
How to incorporate newly learned lexis and grammar into writing
The impact of using wordlists in the language classroom on students’ vocabulary acquisition
How to Use Blogs to Support Teaching and Learning
Reading Enrichment for SELI
Reflection on Peer Observations
1st SELI Symposium Abstracts
TeCH-achers: get your one-way ticket to tech islands! The web environment looks like a tech island full of various web tools. Unless teachers know how to make the most of them, they cannot guide students through their learning journeys to the 'tech island' which is to be illustrated by the presenter who will explain online platforms like VLEs and PLEs, and introduce examples of courseware from her context
Learning English through Problem Based Learning in the Digital World: An updated version of the IATEFL presentation
Moving Pictures: The power of images to boost learner creativity and motivation: This workshop offers a refreshing approach to using images in the classroom and the positive effects they can have on learner curiosity and motivation through a variety of activities the workshop shows how the use of images can move and motivate learners and enhance their overall learning experience.
Conflict Management and Effective Communication: Types of Conflict Confronted and the Skills, Needs, and Attitudes of Students in Handling Conflicts: This study examines and analyzes conflict management and effective communication from several complementary perspectives. The purpose of the study is to identify common types of conflicts that learners confront in the process of EFL learning; to examine and analyze EFL learners’ own strategies to deal with conflicts based on the conflict-handling modes in the process of EFL learning; to find out their needs in terms of effective communication skills necessary to manage conflicts; and to analyze their attitudes toward conflict management learning and their needs for conflict management strategies. In order to achieve this aim, a survey research is preferred and the quantitative data gathered through the questionnaires were supported with the qualitative data obtained from the interviews with participant EFL learners.
Document camera- a tool to improve upper and advanced level students’ note-taking skills: This PPP addresses the problems that advanced level EFL learners experience in listening to an academic lecture and taking-notes. Following the analysis of the reasons behind these problems and some possible solutions, the presentation focuses on the problem of ‘note-taking skill’ and how to overcome this problem by using a specific technological tool called Document Camera. Q & A session will be held at the end of the presentation.
Facebook - as a motivating tool to encourage learning outside the class for EAP students : Technology has become significant both in our personal and professional lives and most recently, the development in computer technology has dramatically altered the way people acquire and process information and communicate with each other. Social networks such as MySpace and Facebook have been the forerunners in this change. For learners, their use of these networks has resulted in a change in the way they spend their free time outside of the classroom. This talk will mainly focus on using one of the most popular social networks, Facebook, to create an opportunity for EAP learners to improve their command of English through a tool which they enjoy using extensively outside of class.
Grammar Presentation Activities: There is no doubt that grammar teaching is essential for the mastery of a language. Therefore, grammar has always been considered as an important part of English language classes. But the question among teachers has always been whether to teach it in a communicative way or in a traditional way. In an EFL situation, grammar is preferably taught in a systematic and organised way to enable students to spend time in class grasping the meaning of the grammar items presented in artificial but meaningful ways focusing on communication. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of grammar presentation activities in an enjoyable and memorable way
How to Incorporate Newly Learned Grammar and Lexis Into Writing: Students learn quite a few new lexical items and grammatical structures in each and every module. However, the majority of them seem to have a hard time using these newly learned aspects in their essays. If you would like to find out the magic behind how to make this happen in class, please join my workshop.
The impact of using wordlists in the language classroom on students’ vocabulary acquisition: Vocabulary has always been an area of interest and concern for many researchers and teachers since without words it is difficult to convey the intended meaning. Accordingly, a great deal of approaches, techniques, exercises and practices have been introduced into the field to teach vocabulary and how learners acquire vocabulary has always interested teachers. Knowing about which methods work better could assist learners in adopting more profitable strategies. Therefore, teaching vocabulary should not only consist of teaching specific words but also aim at equipping learners with strategies necessary to expand their vocabulary knowledge. If teachers want to help their learners to deal with unknown words, it would be better to spend more time on vocabulary learning strategies rather than spending time on individual words. Thus, strategy instruction needs to be an essential part of any foreign or second language program especially if students are learning English for academic purposes because they will be exposed to a myriad of words. Students need training particularly in deciding which words are worth spending more time to learn. Having the above-mentioned issues in mind, this presentation aims at proposing a framework for vocabulary teaching strategy in English as a foreign language context by referring to a research conducted in an attempt to explore the effectiveness of making use of a word list in classroom and students’ views on the process.
Communicative Activities: Is it enough to ‘know’ the language but not being able to use it to communicate? Is language only about grammar and certain set of rules? Why do people have difficulties speaking their second or foreign languages in different contexts? If languages are indeed taught and learned for communication, how should teachers teach them? Should only the spoken language be taught because we mostly use that to get across meaning in daily life? What should be the role of the teacher teaching how to communicate? Which is more important in foreign language teaching: fluency or accuracy? What should an ideal language classroom be like? This presentation focuses on three communicative classroom activities implemented in real classrooms in relation to communicative approach and analyses how much and in what ways they improve the communicative skills of students studying at university English foundation classes.
How to Use Blogs to Support Teaching and Learning: In this practical session, I will take you on a tour of blogs. You will learn how to create a new blog page, post text, insert images, embed widgets and build your blogroll in addition to some tips on how to be an effective commentator and build a strong PLN. I will also talk about my practical experiences about exploring the new ideas and social media interaction.
Reading Enrichment For SELI: Based on the courses I have been attending at University of California at Irvine, I would like to share some information that can be implemented in SELI to improve the overall reading program
2nd ScOLa Symposium
Ozyegin University ScOLa 2nd Symposium
Opening Remark: Nergis Akbay
Extending borders: A blended learning project to promote language learning
“Creating Meaning: Inferences”
“How to develop yourself and how to develop materials at ScOLa”
Use of Wikis to Promote Collaborative Writing in EFL
“Benefiting from The Wonders of Web 2.0 Through Easy Tools”
Coffee/ Tea Break
Halime Kutlutan& Selen Şirin
“Use of Moviemaker to Help ESL/EFL Students Develop Language Skills”
İlkay Tığlı Tuzcu
“Note-Taking for Listening”
“Alternatives never end: Using Series & Graded Readers in class”
“Learning a Foreign Language while Teaching a Foreign Language: An Opportunity of PD”
Coffee/ Tea Break
“My Course work Diary (MCD): An Introduction”
Closing Remark: Nergis Akbay
2nd ScOLa Symposium Abstracts Session: 1 Presenter(s): Nergis Enmutlu Elpe Title: Extending borders: A blended learning project to promote language learning Abstract: Our presentation aims at proposing a framework for language teaching strategy in English as a foreign language context by referring to a study conducted in an attempt to explore the effectiveness of blended learning and students’ views on the process. The model used at Ozyegin University and the results of the study will be presented with some suggestions. Session: 2a Presenter: Amy Erenay Title: Creating Meaning: Inferences Abstract: Session: 2b Presenter: Nazan Özçınar Sirel Title: How to develop yourself and how to develop materials at ScOLa Abstract: Teacher’s professional development is closely related to teachers’ tasks and their professional roles. Glatthorn (1995: 41) defines it as the professional growth a teacher achieves as a result of gaining experiences and examining his or her teaching systematically. When teachers critically and systematically examine what they are doing in class, they can improve not only themselves but also their teaching. This examination might stem from a sense of personal dissatisfaction with what they are doing in class and having a feeling that things could be better. When teachers have this kind of a feeling, then they will strive to work on adapting, implementing and creating alternative materials in order to supplement what they have in hand and address students' learning needs. In this workshop, I would like to share my experiences of how I tried to cater for my students reading and listening skills by developing podcasts and assigning academic reading texts to be summarized. Session : 3a Presenter: Zeliha Aydın Title: Use of Wikis to Promote Collaborative Writing in EFL Abstract: This presentation will share the results of a study which investigates the use of wikis in foreign language education and students’ attitudes toward the integration of wiki-based collaborative writing activities into their foreign language learning process. A theoretical background on collaborative writing will be presented first. Then, previous studies on using wikis in ELT will be summarized. Finally, the performance of the participants in three different tasks (argumentative, informative, and problem-solving) in the present study and their attitudes towards using wikis will be discussed. The session will end with a reflection on how we can incorporate the wikis into our context. Session 3b Presenter: Beyza Yılmaz Title:Benefiting from The Wonders of Web 2.0 Through Easy Tools Abstract: Web environments provide learners and educators with endless opportunities. However, in many different schools teachers and students suffer from lack of time. While some of the Web 2.0 tools require some time and a lot of training, there are some others which can be used to scaffold learning in different contexts with less effort and learner training. In this talk these tools will be introduced and their practical uses in language teaching will be listed through various examples. Session : 4a Presenter: Selen Şirin & Halime Kutlutan Title: Use of Moviemaker to Help ESL/EFL Students Develop Language Skills Abstract: “Technology can play a number of significant roles in both the teaching and the learning processes provided it is used properly as the means for a desired and worthwhile outcome” (Cuevas, 2007:4). Windows Moviemaker is just one of the technological tools that can be utilized in many ways to achieve this desired outcome. We believe, as an efficient authentic practice, a moviemaker task enables teachers to motivate their learners and helps learners practice all four skills, grammar and vocabulary in a meaningful context. To further dig into this topic, we will share our experience of how our learners develop their second language through the use of moviemaker in our classes by showing some sample student movies. Session : 4b Presenter: İlkay Tığlı Tuzcu Title: Note-Taking for Listening Abstract: Learning how to take notes while listening is a challenging process for SELI prep. school students. They do not know how they can do it and why they should do it in listening skills. The aim of this presentation is sharing some practical and useful tips about note-taking with the teachers so that they can both implement them in their classes and share the rationale behind note-taking for listening with the students. In the presentation, teachers will be told what kind of challenges students have about note-taking and what they can do to get rid of these challenges and how they can guide the students to keep the balance. Session : 5a Presenter: Cem Kaya Title: Alternatives never end: Using Series & Graded Readers in class. Abstract: The great benefit of watching series and reading books in learning English cannot be denied. I have heard complaints, such as; ‘Our students don’t read. My students won’t interact with authentic material.’ Showing the students a way to interact with outside classroom materials will not only help them learn new structures and receive genuine language input, but also help foster their lifelong learning process. This piece of presentation will show you two alternative ways of how to adapt Series & Graded Reader books onto an English Language Learning environment. The materials used can be adapted for higher levels and different contexts. Session : 5b Presenter: Bahar Hasırcı Title: Learning a new language while teaching ESL: An opportunity for professional development Abstract: This research investigates language teachers’ perceptions of reflective thinking using their own experiences as a new language learner. Given the opportunity to learn a brand new language, and given the chance to reflect after their language classes, language teachers may develop a positive attitude towards critical reflection and use their language learning experience as a(n) (initial) model for their teaching. Session 6 Presenter: Dilek Salkı Eryılmaz Title: My coursework Diary (MCD): An introduction Abstract: This session will be an introduction to the new system that will be used in ScOLA.