I have been living and teaching in Turkey for more than ten years now, and for all of that time I’ve been working in the tertiary education sector in universities in Istanbul. I currently work at the School of Languages at Sabancı University, where I am a member of the curriculum development team. I am passionate about English for academic purposes and during my career I have been involved in many projects based around academic English.

My particular interests include corpus linguisitics, having been involved in the development of my School’s vocabulary syllabus, and in the development of flexibility in lesson planning. I’m also a strong believer in placing the learner at the center of the classroom and allowing lessons to evolve from the learner. I also love the notion of reflective practice; using what happens in my lessons as the basis for future planning. I’m an avid believer in what organizations like IATEFL are doing for our profession and am delighted to be attending the 2012 Conference in Glasgow.

Session Reports

Duncan Foord: From language teacher to learner coach

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 21 Mar, 09:50

Are we still merely those people who stand at the front of the classroom and deliver language to those poor folks who share that room with us, or is it time we evolved into much more than that?


The central thesis of Duncan Foord's masterful conference session was that students now have so many opportunities to learn language outside of the confines of the traditional classroom that we should be making sure that we fullfil the role of learner coach, making sure that all of these opportunities are maximized for the best possible benefits.


Presenter profile: Suzanne Mordue

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Tue 20 Mar, 10:43

Suzanne has travelled the same path as me to get here from Istanbul. Here's what she has in store for us.



Could you introduce yourself to us?

I work at the British Council in Istanbul. I am from the north east of England, which makes me a Geordie.



Can you tell us a bit about your session?


Using e-portfolios for alternative assessment

Presenter profile: Natalie Gorohova

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Tue 20 Mar, 10:28

If, like me, you have no idea what Design Thinking Methodology is, Natalie's session might be for you. Here's what she has in store for us.


Please introduce yourself.

I am a Business English trainer from Riga, Latvia. I run my own business, providing Business English and Skills training to leading Latvian companies and individuals.


Tell us a bit about your session:


Boardroom to classroom: design thinking and modern creativity techniques

Presenter profile: Martin Sketchley

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Mon 19 Mar, 16:35

Dogme ELT looks like making a big impact on the conference again this year, so I'm delighted that Martin Sketchley, one of its main proponents, has taken the time to chat with me about his presentation.


Could you tell us a bit about yourself?


Pre-conference event: Rosinda de Castro Guerra Ramos

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Mon 19 Mar, 16:19

Rosinda de Castro Guerra Ramos' presentation looked at bios in an online undergraduate course. While this was only part of the research conducted, this was chosen as the focus as it is one not often focused on in the literature.


Bios are not described in the literature; consequently Rosinda had to compile a collection of published bios, which were then analysed in terms of the context of production, textual structure, and lexicogrammatical elements. The purpose of this analysis was to decide what aspects could then be taught to students.


Pre-conference event: Larisa Zelenskaya

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Mon 19 Mar, 16:04

Larisa Zelenskaya made the case for bilingual coursebooks. In doing so, she stressed the need for localized materials.


Larisa explained the development of ESP within the Russian context. Moving from the 18th century, when French was the second language of choice, through the 19th, when German came to prominence, Larisa showed how English came to prominence particularly beginning after the second world war, and them more so after the end of the cold war, when learners suddenly had unprecedented access to authentic British and American materials.


Pre-conference event: Helen Basturkmen

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Mon 19 Mar, 14:33

Helen Basturkmen's presentation shocased the results of research looking into the requirements of developing a quality ESP course.

The aim of the study was to see how experienced ESP course developers went about their business in terms of the procedures they use.

By looking at case studies that had focused on courses run with such diverse groups as medical professionals and police officers, Helen aimed to uncover commonalities and differences in each context.