What is Happening in English?


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Language is a living phenomenon, therefore it changes quite rapidly in time. Here is a short outline (What is happening in English) of one of my favourite articles about the changes in English by Michael Swan. I’m sure most of you and your learners will also enjoy it. For full article, you can go to;





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Oxford Teachers’ Academy, held from 9th April to 11th, was a great experience for everyone. Three days non-stop training programme was quite fun and engaging compared to similar programmes thanks to Meghan Beler, OTA trainer, who had a positive effect on the participants. Being an ice-breaker for experienced teachers and a fresh start for new teachers, the sessions gave practical ideas about the classroom teaching practices and contemporary approaches. I’d like to thank Oxford University Press and Meghan Beler for this successful organization.

Coming Up Next: OTA


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After tiring but successful conference organization, it is now time to welcome Oxford University Department of Continuing Education for a three-day-certified teacher training programme called “Oxford Teachers’ Academy” at Beykent University Şişli-Ayazağa Campus. The programme starts on 9th April, 2012 and ends on 11th April. During this intensive programme, 35 ELT instructors will be trained.

What is OTA?

OTA stands for Oxford Teachers’ Academy, a training programme held by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. Each certified programme lasts three days and on each day, three workshops are given. Each workshop takes one and a half hours. At the end of each day, candidates are asked to write a feedback form. Feedback forms are assessed by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. If the forms filled in by the candidate are satisfactory, he/she is awarded an OTA certificate. Attendance is also mandatory in this programme.

The workshops to be given in this upcoming event are as follows;

  1. Classroom Management I
  2. Student-Centred Learning
  3. Listening
  4. Classroom Management II
  5. Focusing on Language I
  6. Reading
  7. Focusing on Language II
  8. Effective Oral Correction
  9. Vocabulary


Beykent University 6th International ELT Conference


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March 31st, 2012 / Saturday

The  International ELT Conference on “The Use of Technology in Student-Centred Learning” was held at Beykent University Şişli-Ayazağa Campus on March 31st, 2012. With the participation of renowned plenary and keynote speakers and over 600 people from all over the country, the day turned out to be an ELT festival.

Many EFL teachers from primary schools to universities were interested in the conference as well as the prospective language teachers from different universities all over Turkey.

All participants were given a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. A raffle session was also held at the end of the day, in which a number of prizes from ELT books to training sessions at the Oxford Teachers’ Academy and British Side were given.

As the executive board, we would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors whose generous donations made our conference possible.

A Teacher’s Dream

The eye of man hath not heard,
The ear of man hath not seen,
Man’s hand is not able to taste,
His tongue to conceive,
Nor his heart to report what my dream was.

William Shakespeare
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream, IV.i.209-211)

What could a teacher’s dream be? Unfortunately, I will not be able to describe mine as those of Shakespeare’s words. However, I know what I am here for. My dream, after some years of teaching, is to share my experience, knowledge, ideas as well as some news about ELT circles through this blog. Moreover, it would have been hard to justify the importance of writing in language classroom if I hadn’t written myself. Welcome to my blog!