The Orientation Training Programme for 2012-2013 Academic Year was held between 26th-28th September, 2012. Over 50 EFL instructors to work at Beykent University School of Foreign Languages attended the trainings. The purpose of this programme was to welcome new staff members and to discuss the upcoming academic year at Beykent University School of Foreign Languages starting on 1st October. A number of experts came to provide training.
On the first day, the programme started with a welcome speech by the Vice Director of SFL, Fatih Yücel and then followed by his presentations on “School Structure”, “Teachers’ & Students’ Manuel” and “Code of Behaviour”. Fatih Yücel completed his sessions with a workshop titled “How to Survive in a Language Classroom?” Afternoon session was hosted by Merve Oflaz from Bahçeşehir University and she gave a workshop on “Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom”.
The second day of the programme started with Dr. Tom Godfrey’s presentation on “Classroom Management”. Informing teachers about how to build rapport with students on their first teaching days, Dr. Godfrey completed his sessions giving some practical ideas about “Communicative Activities in the Classroom”. Afternoon session of the second day was hosted by Peter Campbell from Beykent University and he gave two workshops; “Teaching Dos and Don’ts” and “Testing and Assessment”.
Last day of the programme was also very colourful. Patrick Shortt from OUP gave two sessions on the course materials. Mr. Shortt introduced the course books, New English File and Headway Academic Skills Series and then gave some practical tips to teachers about “How to make the most use of” these materials. This three-day orientation programme ended with David Mearn’s presentation on “Video Feedforward & Feedback”. In his session, David Mearns presented an ICT-led and contemporary alternative to giving feedback to learners.
I’d like to give special thanks to all participants and speakers who made this event possible.