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Itır Beğen Yılmaz delivered a second workshop on English Public Speaking and Academic Writing on the 23rd of November at Sakıp Sabancı High School. Among the participants of the Sakıp Sabancı High School workshop sessions were the Director of the English Department, English teachers, and high school students of the preparatory year. Following the workshop sessions, there were focus group meetings with the English Department and a Q&A session.

The session on English Public Speaking was linked to impromptu speech and style of delivery. In total, six participants attended the session. Among them, were a variety of students with different English levels. Itır’s session focused on the significance of how to move on stage, how to keep eye contact, and strategies regarding hook, summary, and conclusion. Finally, the groups were asked to do impromptu speeches as a group. To utilize these tasks, Itır shared some activities such as giving impromptu speeches and doing a group presentation about an invention. During the session, she discovered that most of the participants’ observations regarding their learner awareness were in line with the teachers’ and tried to implement the strategies on how enhancing willingness to communicate and motivation may support the learners who have these problems with the help of hands-on activities. The key aims, the task types, and a sample procedure of the workshop is presented below.

-To define and explain terms and concepts; describe and classify; provide evidence to support or oppose a claim; summarise information; explain the consequences and
implications of claims, theories and events.

– To select lexis and structures appropriate to spoken language, the topic, the task and the audience; to choose an appropriate style and

– How to exploit the research question (thinking locally about today’s problems and tomorrow’s solutions); execute the rubric; evaluate a sample poster presentation.

-Revision of the Triple-P method; effective cue-card training; presenting as a group.

-Give impromptu speeches.

– Do a group presentation
about an invention.

Focus-group meetings and Q&A sessions

The target of the focus-group meetings was to better cater to the needs of the Sakıp Sabancı High School English Department. In order to foster collaboration, the following questions were raised regarding the English Public Speaking Co-Curricular Activity and Academic Writing:

  • How can students be encouraged to attend and benefit from the club activities?
  • How can we support students to overcome their speech anxiety and build greater confidence in speaking?
  • What are some sample tasks and activities in helping students to develop their speaking and presentation skills?
  • What skills and strategies can we help students to develop in Sakıp Sabancı Anadolu Lisesi?
  • How can it be incorporated into high school education?

SLTEP Alumni Conference and Meeting 

Alumni members will meet face-to-face at their 8th conference and meeting at Atılım University on Saturday, November 19th, 2022.

8th SLTEP Alumni Event

SLTEP Alumni Conference and Meeting 

The 7th alumni event will take place ONLINE on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.

7th SLTEP Alumni Event

Eaquals accreditation (January 2021)

Following months of hard work and collaboration, the SL has received its Eaquals Certification with an outstanding result as an accredited member with areas of excellence in all 12 categories of the accreditation scheme for English language institutions in Higher Education.

For more information, please visit:

Eaquals inspection (December 2020)

The SL is looking forward to its inspection by Eaquals between November 30th and December 4th, 2020. The SL is ready to share its unique ‘tracks’!

Workshops for Sakıp Sabancı High School students

Itır Beğen Yılmaz and İlkem Kayıcan Dipcin were at Sakıp Sabancı High School (SSHS) on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 working with students on public speaking and academic writing skills. The workshops were very well received by the school. SL’s work with SSHS will continue in the coming months.

It’s our CRYSTAL year! SLTEP Alumni 15th Year Conference and Meeting


Meeting of Change Agents (MOCA)

SU-SL will be hosting the third MOCA event on 27 April 2019 on the theme of Creativity and Challenge in Learning.

MOCA website:

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SLTEP’s crystal year: Alumni Conference and Meeting 6 on November 2, 2019


This year we will be celebrating SLTEP’s 15th anniversary with our 6th SLTEP Alumni Conference and Meeting on November 2, 2019. You will remember that our alumni events started at SU in 2014 following our 10th year and have been hosted by a different university since then. For this landmark event alumni will be coming back ‘home’ to SU. With over 300 alumni members, we are indeed very excited about this event and proud of our achievements. Here’s our first video for the event:

Congratulations to Andrew Bosson for the publication of his article, Teacher development and maintaining motivation through project based learning in the IATEFL Best of SIGs edited collection by George Pickering and Vicky Saumell. To access the publication please sign in the the IATEFL members’ area and visit the section ‘SIG publications and documents’.


SL Training Seminars on Teaching Reading and Speaking Skills 7th February 2019

Upon their request and with sponsorship by Blackswan Publishing House, we worked with colleagues from Mektebim Schools on the topic of Teaching Reading and Speaking Skills. The two three-hour interactive seminars were delivered by Berna Akpınar Arslan, and Mutlu Bosson.

SLTEP Alumni Conference and Meeting 5

The 5th SLTEP Alumni Conference and Meeting was held at Istanbul Şehir University on 3rd November 2018:


SL Training Seminar on Using Authentic Materials 3 April 2018

Upon their request and with organisational support from Blackswan Publishing House, we worked with colleagues from American Time Language Schools on the topic of Using Authentic Materials in Teaching. The three-hour interactive seminar was delivered by Berna Akpınar Arslan, Neslihan Demirdirek and Sonat Demirdirek.

SL International Conference 4-5 May, 2018

Pathways that inspire us

What inspires us in our language education practices? What drives us to learn more as teachers and learners? How often can we spare time from our busy schedules to contemplate the pathways we have followed? Here is the opportunity for us to reflect on our personal and professional development by:

  • reflecting on the experiences that have inspired us along the way
  • sharing our discoveries about teaching and learning
  • learning from our achievements and ‘failures’
  • building on our strengths and ‘weaknesses’
  • exploring our philosophies of teaching and learning
  • drawing inspirations from our stories

Join us for an introspective journey into our personal and professional pathways!

Visit our website at: SL International Conference

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