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Eli Hinkel joins us at the 11th METU International ELT Convention

Eli Hinkel has taught ESL and applied linguistics, as well as trained teachers, for over thirty years and has published numerous books and articles on learning second culture, and second language grammar, writing, and pragmatics in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, and Applied Language Learning. She is also the editor of the Routledge ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series of books and textbooks for teachers and graduate students.


Ted Rodgers is giving a plenary talk at the 11th METU Convention

Ted Rodgers has been faculty member at the University of Hawaii since 1968 and Professor of Psycholinguistics since 1976. He has served on
the faculties of Education, English, English as a Second Language,
Information Sciences and Psychology. For fifteen years he directed
the Hawaii English Program, the largest venture in language education
curriculum development as yet undertaken in the U.S. He has authored
some sixty books and articles and is co-author (with Jack Richards) of
the most popular text on language teaching methodology, Approaches and
Methods in Language Teaching, Second Edition (2001) Cambridge
University Press. He also co-authored (with J.D. Brown) Doing Second
Language Research (Oxford University Press, 2002). Rodgers designed the unique group study format for this text. A recent publication is the chapter “Methods, Approaches and Principles” in the Handbook of Applied Linguistics, Vol 6 (2009).

Professor Rodgers has had residential consultancies and/or visiting
professorships in Australia, China, England, Hungary, Japan, Laos,
Malaysia, and Turkey. He was Senior Fulbright Fellow and Director of
the MATEFL Program at Bilkent University 1995 - 1997. Prof. Rodgers
has returned to Turkey ten times in connection with the MATEFL Program
and other assignments in Turkey. He has served as Senior
Professor and Program Designer in a new degree program in International
Communications at Kanda University, Japan (2001 – 2002).


Nina Spada is giving a plenary talk at the 11th METU ELT Convention

Dr. Nina Spada is Professor in the Second Language Education program at OISE University of Toronto where she teaches courses in second language acquisition, research methods and instructed SLA. Dr. Spada’s research focuses on how second languages are learned in classroom settings. She is particularly interested in the effects of form-focused instruction on L2 learning. Publications based on her research regularly appear in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning and The Modern Language Review. She is co-author of the award-winning textbook How Languages are Learned published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Spada is Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.


The Mentoring System: Vol. XI - Merve Çavuş

Merve Çavuş was another mentee from the previous year and she has described her experience regarding the mentoring system as "quite enjoyable, extremely rewarding and a little challenging." She says: "What we have learned and practiced during the training made me feel more confident about my teaching methods and strategies. I make use of the tips we have been taught in class and I find them very useful."

For Çavuş, three advantages of this system are as follows:

-it makes you feel confident
-it guides you through the whole process of teaching at METU
-it helps you be creative

As for the disadvantages, she states only two items, which are:

-it might make you co-dependent.
-it can be time-consuming from time to time.

In general, she finds the system fruitful and rewarding, and she believes that she has benefited from it a lot.
In thanking Çavuş for her comments, we'd like to ask you to keep following us. More to come soon...


The Mentoring System: Vol. X - Zeynep Nur Toker

Our enthusiastic colleague Zeynep Nur Toker was also one of the previous year's mentees. She plans to present at the 11th METU International ELT Convention, and she also works as a volunteer at our Book Fund, which helps supply books for DBE students when necessary. She commented on her experience regarding the mentoring system as follows:

It was my first professional year as an instructor; therefore, mentoring system was fruitful for me in and out of the classroom. First of all, I could prepare and send my lesson plans to her before executing them in my lessons. My mentor’s and my trainer’s feedback provided me with new perspectives over my preparations. Secondly, I did not know how to cope with students’ problems and come up with some solutions for them. However, my mentor helped me find many ways through the journals we prepared weekly during the second term. At the end of each week, we met with my mentor again and checked the outcomes of our solutions of the previous week. Her experience with the students provided us with many examples and solutions. Thirdly, I was not familiar to METU and DBE culture. She helped me about the rules and regulations around DBE and I gained self-confidence in my workplace. To sum up, mentoring system helped me become a real member of this institution. Although it was a challenging experience with all the sessions and observations, mentoring program was an important step for my career as an instructor. I could apply the methods and techniques that I learnt and practiced during my probation and this year I can apply the successful ones in my lessons. 

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Nicky Hockly is at the 11th METU Elt Convention

Nicky is the Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E (www.theconsultants-e.com), an online training and development organisation which helps teachers learn to use technology effectively in the classroom. Nicky specialises in online teaching and training via virtual learning environments such as Moodle. Author of several methodology books about technology in EFL, her latest book (to be published in 2012) is about digital literacies. You can read more about Nicky at:


The Mentoring System: Vol. IX - Münire Vecdi Özbilen

Here's another interview for our readers - one of our staffroom mentors from the previous year, Münire Vecdi Özbilen, describes her experience as follows:

I was a staffroom mentor for 2 semesters and I witnessed that my experience did not always match with other mentors’ experience. I believe that every mentor’s experience differs based on the mentee(s) they mentor. Each mentee has their own dynamics, some of which are their work experience, personality, and students, and so the mentor has to be able to read into these so as to guide them in the best direction possible.

I believe that the mentoring system is pretty advantageous because the mentee benefits from it in ways that we couldn’t when we were being trained. The mentor is there with the mentee 7/11 trying to guide or help them in areas they may feel insecure, i.e., how to seat students in quizzes and midterms, how to mark quizzes and midterms, how to deal with class management issues on the spot, enlightening them with the department’s unwritten culture and ease their adaptation period, etc. I certainly didn’t have that during my training and thanks to other colleagues in the staffroom, we felt safer and more at ease.

With this being said, when the mentoring program was introduced, it suddenly all made sense to me. Having someone you can trust in the staffroom with you was what my colleagues were doing during my training. Now, it has become formal, structured and planned. I’m sure as time passes, more and more people and maybe even other institutions will see the benefits of this system and would want to adapt it.

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The Mentoring System: Vol. VIII - Sümeyye Güllü Göksu

Our followers might have noticed that the series on the mentoring system follows no certain order, but rather we try to publish comments from mentors and mentees equally. Today's guest is Sümeyye Güllü Göksu, who commented on her experience regarding the training year as follows:

"I would like to start from the end of the year, rather than the beginning of it. When everything was over, I felt as if someone had taken a burden off my shoulders. That burden was not the busy schedule, the many assignments we did or the observations we went through, as could be guessed. It was actually the burden of “being inexperienced”.

I had many real-life experiences here at METU where I could apply the techniques I have learnt as they are, or with little amendments. While I was doing my practice teaching at the senior year at university, I felt like a fish out of water. Real life was too real and what we learnt were stories from a fantasy land. METU was the first place where I learnt “real things” for real life.

In brief, I can say that all I know is, if I weren’t trained at METU, DBE; I would never be the teacher I am today, or I would have spent years for it. The trainees of METU come out as experienced teachers already for sure..."

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The Mentoring System: Vol. VII - Pınar Vardar

One of our mentors, Pınar Vardar, has also expressed her feelings and thoughts upon the experience she has had as a mentor. She has kindly responded to our questions regarding the benefits and the drawbacks of the system. Here is what she has said to us:

The mentoring system is beneficial for DBE since it is a way of helping the newcomers to understand the culture of the institution regarding administrative and academic issues while they try to adapt to the new environment. In this system, the mentees have the chance to get constant help and guidance from their mentors whenever they need, so they feel safe knowing that there is always someone near them for help. Moreover, the mentors can be of great help for the mentees in terms of their professional development through both sharing their experiences and encouraging them to try out new techniques in their classrooms. I think the system works well as the mentors work hard to help the mentees develop professionally and personally and also they are chosen on a voluntary basis. The mentoring system can be maintained for the coming years.

We'd like to thank Pınar Vardar for her comments.
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The Mentoring System: Vol. VI - Anıl Albağlar

Yet another one of our mentees, Anıl Albağlar, has just sent his comments on the experience he has had regarding the mentoring system last year. We'd like to share his notes with our readers and for those who want to know more about the mentoring system:

I graduated from a really small university, so this mentoring programme was the best thing that could happen to me. I learnt how to prepare effective lessons and what to expect from my classes while doing that. I learnt all about METU and our student profile. We shared all the materials we had with each other throughout the year and had a great time together. We had meetings every week and tried to find solutions to our problems in and outside of the class. Besides, we had the classroom mentors who gave us a better idea of the different level classes we have at DBE. As for the so called disadvantages, the programme was extremely demanding. There were times I couldn't spare any time for myself. No pain no gain, though! Right now, I can say that the "kid" who arrived is not the same "guy". I've learnt a lot.
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Claudia Harsch talks at the 11th METU International Convention

Dr. Harsch is currently an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Claudia Harsch researches and teaches at Warwick in the field of language learning, teaching, testing and assessment. Her research interests focus on the analysis and implementation of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), on qualitative methods to develop and validate language tests, on constructing valid tasks and rating scales for assessing writing, on teacher training in the field of assessment literacy, on the role of learners' self assessment, the role of assessment across cultures, and on conceptualisations and possible approaches to assessing intercultural communicative competence. She has presented at international conferences and published widely in the area of language testing and assessment.

Claudia studied and worked in Germany before she joined Warwick. She was scientific project director at the Institute for Educational Progress at the Humboldt-University Berlin from 2007 to 2009, where she was responsible for the training of item developers, the development and administration of a standard-based test battery for English as foreign language, and for test validation and standard setting. Her research focused on instruments for assessing writing, on standard setting, and on the usability of the CEFR in foreign language test development. Before this, she worked as research fellow at the University of Augsburg between 2002 and 2007 in several language testing projects, researching for example the construct of the C-test, and the alignment of rating scales to the CEFR. At Augsburg, she conducted her MA and Dr Phil studies in Applied Linguistics and Didactics of English and German as foreign languages. Her doctoral thesis investigated the relevance of the CEFR for various aspects of language assessment.

Claudia is member of several advisory boards in test development projects, think tanks, and professional societies. She has given lectures and seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducted numerous workshops for in-service teacher training programmes. She also taught German as foreign language in Huddersfield, UK and Augsburg, Germany.

Recent selected publications:

Claudia Harsch & André A. Rupp (2011): “Designing and Scaling Level-specific CEFR Writing Tasks.” In: Language Assessment Quarterly 8(1), 1-34.

Claudia Harsch, Hans Anand Pant & Olaf Köller (Eds.) (2010): Developing Standards-based Assessment Tasks for English as a First Foreign Language. Standard-setting Procedures in Germany. Münster: Waxmann.

Claudia Harsch (2009): „Das Nutzen externer Evaluation im fremdsprachlichen Unterricht“. [The use of external evaluation in the foreign language classroom]. In: Praxis fsu 01/09, p.9-14.

André Rupp, Miriam Vock, Claudia Harsch & Olaf Köller (2008): Developing Standards-based Assessment Tasks for English as a First Foreign Language – Context, Processes and Outcomes in Germany. Münster: Waxmann.

Claudia Harsch (2007). Der gemeinsame europäische Referenzrahmen für Sprachen. Leistung und Grenzen. [The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Attainment and Limitations]. Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.


The Mentoring System: Vol. V - Sevde Yüksel

The fifth guest of our series is Sevde Yüksel, a new colleague of ours, and one of the previous year's mentees. It's a pleasure for us to publish her well-written comments on her experience regarding the mentoring system:

I believe the mentoring system should certainly go on as “genuine help” is one of the urgent needs that a new instructor really needs especially in the first weeks of the term. It really helps these instructors to survive in their new working environment. Before the term started, I was quite worried about what to do and how to overcome the difficulties I’d have especially about the procedures of the institution. However, from the first day of the term on, I’d felt quite lucky to be a mentee who had genuinely helpful mentors around her. That new status didn’t affect my daily routines. Actually, since I didn’t have any worries about what to do, I was not under pressure, so it made my daily life easier. Moreover, it really helps new instructors feel “safe” while teaching in addition to adapting to the new atmosphere. Seeing the satisfacton at the end, I really want to take part in this program in the following years to be helpful to my new colleagues who are really in need of support as I can easily put myself into their shoes and try hard to help them deal with these depending on the experiences I’ve had. I also feel quite lucky to have been involved in that kind of a system, which “inspired” me a lot, seeing that each and every day I learned something new and I’d go on learning more and more thanks to the support I got from my trainer, my mentors, and my colleagues/the other mentees.

After going through this tiring but extremely beneficial program, I firmly believe that each and every institution should have that kind of a program to help the newly-recruitted teachers to learn about the dynamics of the new instution and effective ways of teaching different skills keeping the student profile and materials used in mind. Especially if a sincere atmosphere is created from the very beginning of the program as in ours, cooperation and collaboration among colleagues with the traner’s guidance and the staffroom and classroom mentors’ constant support can teach and assist a new teacher a lot, which can be clearly realized at the end of the program as I do right now. Thanks a lot for this inspiring atmosphere, fruitful meetings, and constant support. I hope I can also be a member of this program when I am equipped enough with the necessary skills to be able to achieve it.

Actually, our mentoring system does not have disadvantages, but it can be more effective if mentors and their mentees are ‘perfect’ matches, if the mentoring system is established on ‘voluntary’ basis, and there are not so many ‘strict’ procedures to follow as both mentors and mentees have a stressful and tiring program to deal with.

We'd like to thank Sevde for her notes. More to come soon - keep following us!


World Englishes - Martin Dewey

Martin Dewey will be joining us on the11th METU International ELT Convention. Dr. Dewey is lecturer in Applied Linguistics at King's College London, UK, where he teaches courses in Sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Teacher Education, and supervises PhD students investigating the globalization of English and English language teaching. His primary research focuses on the use of English as a lingua franca (ELF), especially concerning the implications of ELF for curriculum change in pedagogy, including reconsiderations of contemporary practice in language teacher education and conceptualizations of teacher knowledge. He has written numerous articles on ELF and is co-author with Alessia Cogo of Analysing English as a Lingua Franca: A Corpus-driven investigation (Continuum, 2012).


The Mentoring System: Vol. IV - Pınar Filizli

Our fourth guest in the Mentoring System series is Pınar Filizli, who has been working as a staffroom mentor since the second semester of the previous academic year. Filizli states that she finds the experience of being a staff mentor rewarding since she believes that having a chance to provide support for the mentees and exchanging ideas with them about a variety of classroom issues and activities have contributed to her own teaching practice, experience, and personal and professional development. She says that she didn't have many problems about the new system because most of the responsibilities she had to take on as a staffroom mentor and how she was expected to fulfill them were covered during the sessions in the training program for mentors.

For the difficulties of the mentoring program, however, she states a few points: "Last semester, I had to allocate some of my free time to certain issues related to my new status, which sometimes caused some time constraints for my other duties and daily routines. For instance, arranging weekly meetings in particular and having to go over the lesson plans more than once were challenges I faced due to the hectic schedule my mentees and I had at school. This sometimes hindered my own classroom practice and other duties I took on in the institution, and limited the time we allocated for weekly meetings."

Nevertheless, she still emphasizes the fact that the whole mentoring process is an exciting, fruitful and satisfying experience for the parties involved as it gives everyone a chance to question, analyze and change different aspects of teaching practices.

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The Mentoring System: Vol. III - Svetlana Sobolev

The third volume of the series titled "Mentoring System" continues with comments from a mentor, Svetlana Sobolev. Sobolev states that there's nothing she doesn't like about the new system and comparing this new system to the previous one, she notes that:

"I can only compare it to the system I was a loyal subject to when I just joined the institution. That system, though totally different, was also great, I think. First of all, I love direct input, and we had a lot of it, which I sincerely enjoyed. To be sure, we had plenty of hands-on-task activities at that time, too. It wasn't unbalanced at all. Secondly, we had four incredibly devoted and loving teacher trainers who were always there for me and for all of us. I will never forget Yesim Hoca, Zeynep Hoca, Irem Hoca and Alev Hoca. They will be my teachers for as long as I live. They shared their vast knowledge with us so generously, eagerly and selflessly that they became an icon of devotion to profession for me. Third of all, I was highly motivated despite tough schedule and many assignments and TPs because I did feel that I was learning something new every day thanks to that system and people who implemented it. So, I think, styles may differ but the core never will. Love for what one does is the core, I believe. I felt a lot of love back then. I feel a lot of love now,
too. The team has become bigger, so, obviously, love is growing, too. It feels great! Chinese proverb says 'Change is always for better.' God bless our teachers!"

Here is a list of advantages of the mentoring system for the mentees as summarized by Sobolev:

- firsthand experience as to real life classroom atmosphere with its problems, ups and downs;
- watching other teachers overcoming (hopefully!) some problems mentees face in their classes - thus, learning coping strategies;
- gaining a third-person prospective by watching other people do what they (mentees) do in their own classes; this may give mentees a chance to reflect on their own performance and approach their problems with a problem-solving mindset rather than with a panicking attitude;
- watching mentors going for very challenging lesson plans may encourage mentees to take some risks in their own practice;
- a chance to ask questions to people who are willing to share what they have learnt;
- a chance to visit the same mentor again if needs be to see development of an idea or of a method.

Sobolev also lists the things she truly likes about the system, including personal and professional benefits alike:

- a chance to be observed in class by attentive and highly-motivated people who are well prepared by their trainer to notice many things about your class performance. They are also eager to discuss their observations with you and you do happen to feel enlightened by their comments. Being observed by such people is a privilege and a huge motivational tool for professional and personal growth, I think. Well, at least for me,
it is like that.
- the system motivates you to exert. For me, this is the most valuable advantage of the whole establishment.
- the system bonded me to my “inner teacher” like nothing had ever been able to; this was achieved through exertion and desire to help others, I think.
- the system opened new professional horizons for me by clearly demonstrating me that I could do better things than I had ever expected; I will continue challenging myself.
- the system clearly demonstrated plenty of imperfections in my performance which I am determined to eradicate.

Clearly, the system seems to have proved useful not only for the mentees, but also for the mentors. More to come about the mentoring system... Keep following us!


The Mentoring System: Vol. II - Nilay Bekçi

Our series on the mentoring system continues with another colleague's opinion about her experience regarding the benefits and the drawbacks of the system. Nilay Bekçi states that "[the mentoring system] provided the mentees with 24/7 guidance on everything the new instructors needed". She also adds that the system "helped the mentees see what they did wrong and find solutions". Being quite a crowded group, according to Bekçi, "[the mentees] learned quite a lot from each others' experiences".

Bekçi describes her experience as "emotionally and physically challenging, yet extremely improving and rewarding," and she states that "it was at times enjoyable thanks to Jade Trust, the teacher trainer". 

Bekçi also notes that she has never been trained as a teacher before, and explains what she went through as follows: "When I started working here I had little teaching experience. I knew nothing about how things worked at METU. The mentoring system helped me adjust to my new workplace very quickly and smoothly. I also feel a lot more confident now as a teacher thanks to that intense training period which came along with a load of experience and friends I can turn to for advice. In short, the mentoring system has taught us how to deal with problems and how to get better at what we do".

More to come about the mentoring system soon...


Do You Plan to Present at the 11th METU International ELT Convention?

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Simon Borg is joining us in May/June 2012!

Teacher Cognition is one of the hot topics of the 11th METU International ELT Convention. Simon Borg will give a plenary talk and a workshop on Teacher Cognition.

Simon Borg is Professor of TESOL at the School of Education, University of Leeds. He has been involved in TESOL for 23 years, working as a teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer, researcher and consultant in a range of international contexts. He specialises in language teacher cognition, teacher education, research methods and teacher research and has published widely in these areas. Full details of his work are available at http://www.education.leeds.ac.uk/modx/people/staff/academic/borg.

The Results of the Poll: Are Mobile Applications Effective Tools in Learning?

Our poll, which was available for two weeks or so, ended with 20 voters, 11 of whom stated that they found mobile applications useful in learning. According to the results published, there are 2 people with 'no' as an answer and 7 people said that they were not sure whether mobile applications proved beneficial in learning effectively. With regard to the results, although not used in METU classes, mobile applications seem to cause an ambiguity among teachers and/or learners of English as a second language. Still, some 55% of the voters believe that mobile applications are a fruitful way to support learning efficiently, which means that the traditional value regarding the irreplacable role of the teacher is changing slightly in the twenty-first century. With more and more developments in the field of technology, ELT world seems to be likely to change more in the future.

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The Mentoring System: Vol. I - Nazife Duygu Bağcı

Previously, we mentioned our mentoring system at METU. It seems to have proved fruitful and rewarding for the mentees and mentors. Here is our first interview with one of the last year's mentees - our new colleague - Nazife Duygu Bağcı. This is how she feels about being a part of this system:

"Mentoring system in our first year was helpful in many ways since we had the opportunity to ask our questions related to teaching, DBE, METU (sometimes even about Ankara for the newcomers).

"I believe there were more advantages than disadvantages since this system provided us with practical information along with the theory. This system enlightened us while preparing our lessons.

"We observed some of our mentors’ classes as well and we could see different levels of students and different techniques.

"We had very fruitful discussions with our mentors about many different topics such as dealing with problematic students. We came up with a solution to a problem in our class and applied it and then wrote reports about the results of this process. If this solution worked in our class we continued applying it. If it didn’t, we looked for a new one. This way we always improved ourselves."

More to come about the mentoring system soon!


Call for Proposals for the 11th METU International ELT Convention

The 11th METU International ELT Convention is going to be held on the dates 31 May – 02 June 2012 at Middle East Technical University Convention Center, Ankara, Turkey. We are looking forward to receiving proposals on topics of interest that include, among others:

- methods and approaches,
- teaching strategies,
- assessment policies,
- development and evaluation of materials,
- technology use,
- development of skills,
- teacher cognition,
- English as an international language

We accept proposals for research papers, interactive papers, workshops, e-sessions and poster presentations. Information regarding the details of the presentation types, proposal guidelines and submission address is to be found on our Convention website: dbe.metu.edu.tr/convention2012.


01 November 2011 Opening of registration and proposal submission

13 February 2012 Deadline for proposal submission

11 May 2012 Deadline for early registration


Zeynep Akşit - Başak Ağın
Address: ODTÜ – TİB, Ankara, Turkey
Tel.: +90 312 210 3978
Fax: +90 312 210 7985
E-mail: elt2012@metu.edu.tr
Web: http://dbe.metu.edu.tr/convention2012


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Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken is joining us in May 2012!

Dr. Deniz Kurtoglu Eken is the Director of the School of Languages at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Over the years, she has been involved in teaching, curriculum development, research work, teacher and trainer training including formal training courses with UCLES, the British Council in Turkey and in the UK, the U.S. Embassy, the Turkish Ministry of Education and with different schools and universities in Turkey. She has designed and directed formal trainer training courses at private Turkish universities and provided consultancy to many institutions on a wide range of topics. She has publications in teaching methodology, classroom research, teacher and trainer training and development, which are also her main areas of interest. Her biggest interest and challenge, however, is to look deeper into individual growth through personal and professional development.

Dr. Eken is going to give a talk on personal and professional development and also be a member of a panel discussion on teacher training during the Convention.


The Mentoring System: Introduction

Teacher training is an essential part of teaching a foreign language. Keeping this in mind, Department of Basic English provides its instructors with an opportunity to improve themselves as teachers during their first year. The Teacher Education Unit (TED) employed an in-service teacher training system, some years ago, which involved several trainers' holding sessions, observing lessons, having pre- and post-observation meetings with trainees, and assessing the overall professional development of the teacher through a final jury-observation.

However, with the changing demands of professional life, the TED Unit was also renewed in the 2009-2010 academic year, thanks to the great work of Jade Trust. :) What she has planned to achieve and she did achieve in the new mentoring system is to create an opportunity for a more supportive and reflective environment of teacher training. In this multi-dimensional atmosphere, not only the trainers, but also the teachers are involved in the training process.

Now, we'd like to give you an idea about how this system works. One of our mentors, Münire Vecdi, describes the system as follows: "This mentoring system involves the trainer unit that holds sessions for mentors and mentees, and numerous classroom and staffroom mentors. It may sound a bit complicated but basically, the new mentoring system can be defined as follows: We have two types of mentors at our department: staffroom and classroom mentors. Basically, the first type of mentors, classroom mentors, are visited by mentees to observe their lessons for a specific aspect in their teaching experience that might benefit them in their own classroom. They learn from this shared experience. The second type of mentors, staffroom mentors guide the mentees through academia, administrative issues, preparation for observations and their integration into the department’s culture."

In order to better analyze the positive sides and the drawbacks of the new mentoring system, we have asked a few questions to some of those who undertook the responsibility of being a mentor and to those who were trained as mentees during the last academic year. Their responses will self-evaluate the system and our readers will have a chance to compare and contrast the two systems.



Conference Theme

The theme of the Convention is Embracing Challenges as we acknowledge the social transformation the world is going through. Advancements in social sciences as well as the advent of technological tools have changed the way we learn, use and teach languages. Learners are ever more exposed to other cultures and are in contact with people from diverse backgrounds through the wonder-gadgets of the 21st century. Therefore, there is a need to familiarize learners with concepts outside their cultural contexts, engage them with higher level mental skills related to language use, and foster critical perception, in general. Throughout the Convention we will try to identify and address challenges that emerge from the changing needs and growing demands of learners as members of academic, social or business communities in a globalised world. We hope that the Convention will become a platform conducive to enhancing the teaching and learning experience of all the participants involved.



The theme of the convention is "Embracing Challenges." You can find the relevant links on the right column.


ELT 2012

11th METU ELT Convention is to be held between May 31 and June 02, 2012. The program is to be announced later.