About me

Summary: I have been working for Sabanci University in Istanbul Turkey at the School of Languages since 2006. I teach English for Academic Purposes to newly admitted students from CEFR A1 to C1 level at Foundations Development Program. Prior to my current position, I worked at several internationally recognized language schools with a wide variety of contexts such as General English, Young Learners, Business English; in class, in company, and one-to-one.

In addition to my passion for teaching and learning, I am interested in educational technologies, computer assisted learning, and professional development.

My position at Sabanci University: I teach English for Academic Purposes to newly admitted students from CEFR A1 to C1 level at Foundations Development Program.
– Giving presentation and technology training to newly admitted students
– Giving in-house training and professional development sessions to faculty on the use of educational technology
– Organizing mini-conferences for faculty mainly about educational technology
– Taking part in project and task group work
– Being a level coordinator for several terms
– Being involved in assessment

My Conference presentations:

– “Online Collaboration and learning Environments” 2nd ISTEK Schools International ELT Conference 2-3 April 2011 Istanbul – joint presentation
– “Effectiveness of Students’ Use of Laptops in FDY” SL 2nd International Conference on Language Education 2-4 June 2011 Istanbul
– “Technology: A Bridge to Language Learning” The 3rd Black Sea ELT Conference 15-17 November 2012 Samsun – joint presentation
– “Effectiveness of Students’ Use of Laptops Outside the Classroom” 3rd ISTEK Schools International ELT Conference 27-28 April 2013 Istanbul
– “Changing the Trend in Writing: from process essays to short answers” Bilgi University ELT Conference 11 May 2013 Istanbul – joint presentation
– “Catering for the Kinesthetic Learner: 100% Fun and Skills Training” 1st International Gazi University YDYO ELT Conference on 15-16 November 2013 Ankara
– “The Power of Strips” Sisli Terakki Schools TELT Conference 15 March 2014 Istanbul
– “Treasure Hunt Using QR Codes” LIF – Language in Focus Contemporary Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Praxis in ELT and SLA, March 4-7, 2015, Cappadocia, Turkey
– “Using Technology for Collecting Feedback” Language Teaching in Higher Education Conference Istanbul Aydın University 9-10 April 2015 Istanbul
– “Innovative Vocabulary Practice in the Post-Method Era” Istanbul Bilgi University 5th ELT Conference, The Post-Method Era in English Language Teaching, May 9, 2015 Istanbul – joint presentation

My Publications:

Effectiveness of Student’s Use of Laptops Outside the Classroom. Expectations eclipsed in foreign language education: learners and educators on an ongoing journey, edited by Hülya Görür Atabaş, Sharon Turner, Sabancı University. ISBN: 9786054348220

Education:

B.A. in English Language Teaching, Hacettepe University, 1998

Certificates and Diplomas:

SLTTP Sabancı University School of Languages Trainer Training Program 2009

DELTA International Training Institute İstanbul, 2007

LCCI-London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Certificate in Teaching English for Business, 2001

RSA/CELTA Hammersmith and West London College, 2000

CERTELT British Council – Ankara, 1999

Certificate of Pre-service Teacher Training Program, Başkent University School of Languages, 1998

Experience:

Sabancı University, School of Languages, 2006 – present

EF-English First Suadiye Istanbul, 2003 – 2006

IH-International House Istanbul, 2002 – 2003

BKC-International House Moscow, 2001 – 2002

Başkent University, School of English Language, 1998 – 1999

TAA-Turkish American Association, Ankara, 1997 – 1998

Interests:

  • educational technologies
  • e-learning
  • m-learning
  • computer software and hardware
  • instructional design
  • ICT in education
  • teacher training
  • professional development
  • giving presentations