SL projects

In the SL we thrive on projects that contribute towards greater effectiveness in teaching and learning practices; in school development; and in further personal and professional development. Enthused by our motivation and drive along with our research and learning-oriented mindset, we create and pursue project opportunities in the SL and beyond, both at the national and international level.

Some of these opportunities are initially inspired by a variety of SL task and project group activities. This document contains a list of past SL projects we have been involved in since our school’s initial years: SL Projects.

Our current projects

Ayvalık High School Project (AHS): Ayvalık High School Project is a university-wide outreach project that aims to nurture students with quality education in the Ayvalık region. As a part of this project, the aim of this task group is to provide additional instruction in English to high-achieving students in secondary schools. The group also aims to create a motivating and supportive learning environment for students to study online. Team members meet with students every Tuesday and give them an opportunity to develop and practise their English skills. All the materials that are used in these sessions are created by team members with reference to the Ministry of Education curriculum and the course books used in state schools. We are currently in the process of designing additional sessions to offer students. These sessions will be titled ‘Thursday Talks’, in which guest speakers will talk about various topics with specific English language focus areas. Current members of the project: Görkem Satak, Mutlu Bosson, Nesibe Atasay*, Seyran Erdoğan, Şila Yosulcay Uz

Book Project 3.0: Following the production and implementation of the SL course book, Above and Beyond, this group was formed in order to design a summer school book aiming to cover the objectives of the exit level FDY summer school course, and give students enough practice in the skills and language objectives that will be important for them for their faculty studies. Current members of the project: David Hill, Deniz Renda, Evrim Uysal, Jacqueline Einer*, Seyran Erdoğan, Suzan Altıparmak, Şila Yosulçay Uz

Erasmus teaching collaboration with the University of Stefan Zweig Pädagogische Hochschule in Salzburg: Since the 2018-19 Academic year SL instructor, Ali Nihat Eken has been delivering both face-to-face and online classes at the University of Stefan Zweig Pädagogische Hochschule in Salzburg initially on Media Education and later on English Language Teaching Across Disciplines: World Literature. Current members of the project: Ali Nihat Eken

External Courses: There is currently only one external course in the SL. We are discussing the possibility of opening a new Staff English Course (SEC) in collaboration with the HR Unit. Current members of the project: Esra Gün Alayafi*, Sonat Demirdirek

GR501/502 Task Group: Our aim in this course is to develop and implement the GR 501/502 courses offered to all post-graduate students. We have put together a number of interactive workshops on different areas of teacher training for graduate TAs who are teaching undergraduate courses at SU. Through our experience of teaching alongside graduate teaching assistants in the SPS courses and also observing lessons on various university courses as part of GR501, we have seen an opportunity for applying many of our own experiences and training in education theories and practice. Current members of the project: Andrew Bosson,  Jonathan Smith, Yuliya Shilova

SL School Development Series Publication Work: We have so far produced four PD books in the areas of curriculum development, learner development, teacher development and assessment of learning. SL School Development Series Brochure-2020 Current members of the project: Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken

SL-TeDOL Online Teacher Training Course: SL Teaching English and Development through Online Learning (SL-TeDOL) is an online teacher training course project that focuses on designing a modular online PD course through Sabancı University’s Moodle. The overarching aim is to design and run a variety of online training courses for the global ELT community. Initially, however, the project will focus on vocabulary teaching helping raise participants’ knowledge and awareness of what it means to know a word; what to teach; how to teach it; how to revise/recycle vocabulary  and equipping them with the key concepts, methods, and strategies to teach lexis effectively in both receptive and productive skill areas. The course also involves an analysis and practice of vocabulary presentation, practice and recycling methods with a combination of practical in-class and online tools (hard and soft tools). Course requirements include the active use of the Web2.0 tools and applications suggested for effective vocabulary teaching and learning; application and implementation of tasks and activities and sharing experiences via reflection tasks; and collaborative participant engagement and interaction based on individual participant contributions. 135 course participants received certificates on the Vocabulary Teaching and Learning Course in 2018-19 (VTL19) and 50 in 2019-20 (VTL20). With respect to QR Codes in Teaching and Learning (QRTL19) in 2019-20 Fall, 52 participants completed the course and received their certificates. During the online teaching period following COVID-19, the QRTL20 course was delivered and 15 participants from multidisciplinary backgrounds completed the course. SLTeDOL aims to provide at least one online PD course each semester. Current members of the project: David Gasper, Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken, Jacqueline Einer, Pınar Demiral Gündüz, Mutlu Bosson, Nazan Gelbal, Nezaket Özgirin*, Züleyha Tulay

Sabbatical Projects

Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken: Designing an advanced training course on leadership and training based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and flipped learning.

Nezaket Özgirin: Through a survey to all course participants (CPs) and interviews with volunteers, evaluating the effects of SL-TeDOL courses VTL19, VTL 20, QRTL 19 and QRTL20) in relation to their impact on CPs’ knowledge, skills, awareness, attitude and performance; preparing an online SLTeDOL Booklet with guidelines including useful methods and techniques for SL online training courses; taking part in various online courses to explore different online teaching and learning methods; improving our new course, Grammar Teaching and Learning (GTL) considering the feedback provided by DKE; developing the Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) course; finalizing the ‘QR Kodlarla Eğitim’ course.

Andrew Bosson: Designing ‘Open Minds’, the critical thinking course which includes course materials for the first six of eight sessions housed on a google sites website. Sessions seven and eight involve teams of learners undertaking and presenting their own research of an area of interest, applying the critical thinking skills covered on the course. The course will be piloted in Fall 2021-22 and based on the pilot run offered in Spring 2021-22 to both SL-FDY students and other SU students.

Ali Nihat Eken: Visiting instructor at Salzburg University of Education Stefan Zweig, teaching two courses: “English Language Teaching Across Disciplines: Major Works of World Literature” and “Fächerübergreifender Fremdsprachenunterricht: Interdisciplinary Foreign Language Teaching: Media & Film”

Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken: Designing a PPD website for the SL (allaboutppd@sl), designing a Mentorship Training Program (MTP) for CUP, organising the SLTEP 4th annual Alumni Conference and Meeting, working on SL School Development Series Book 3: A Practical Guide to English Language Learning Assessment in an Academic Context: Principles, Practices & Reflections

Hülya Görür Atabaş: Researching and learning about ways for fast-tracking learning and teaching; creating a digitized AL102 learning and teaching platform; creating bite-sized learning opportunities on that platform

Engin Kılıç: Visiting instructor at the Center for Global Languages and Societies in Higher Education at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, teaching a course for pos-graduate students which focuses on Turkish for Foreigners through reading and another course open to all university students focused on the Cultural History of Turkish Literature

Esra Gün Alayafi: Researching and designing the Collaborative Learning strand and the Learning Assistant programme

Meral Güçeri: Analysing how quality of teaching and research are measured at Oxford and exploring ways to implement some of these practices at Sabanci University

Pınar Gündüz: Working on Above and Beyond, continuing to carry out Curriculum and Assessment coordinator duties

Sharon Çeltek: Researching and creating a mindfulness course

Sibel Taşkın Şimşek: Creating a SCP manual for teachers, carrying out an Erasmus exchange visit at Instituto Suerior de Engenheria de Coimbra- Coimbra Institute of Engineering in Portugal, being a moderator at the Electronic Village Online 2019, preparing the first digital magazine and newsletter for TESOL in Turkey

Other Project Work

SL teachers also voluntarily offer and supervise Sabancı University projects on the PROJ 201 undergraduate course and/or as part the Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE).

PROJ 201 is a project-based course that all SU undergraduate students are required to take. In this course students are introduced to basic research environments and skills through working on a project with members from different faculties or the SL. They conduct hands-on work, learn presentation skills and team work. Students team up as small groups and register to a project of their choice and work closely with their supervisor throughout the semester to fulfill the requirements of their chosen project. As the deliverables of the project work, students are expected to write a project proposal and make either a group presentation or design a poster explaining the project and its results.

PURE is an elective course for undergraduate students who would like to participate in a guided research project and prepare for more extensive research in their studies. The goal of the program is to introduce undergraduate students to real research problems early in their studies. As part of this course, students can carry out basic or applied research. A basic research study takes on a more theoretical approach with the aim of exploring a discipline subject, a theory or an approach while an applied research study focuses on developing or improving an existing invention thereby addressing a currently pressing issue. At the end of the semester, students who complete the project and submit their final report receive a certificate of participation.

SL instructors involved in Proj 201 and/or PURE to date are: Cameron Dean (PURE), Kassandra Robertson (PURE), Lukka Alp Akarçay, Tülin Süral Dean (PURE), Yuliya Shilova (PROJ 201 and PURE)

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