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 task group: Görkem Satak, Mutlu Bosson, Nesibe Atasay*, Seyran Erdoğan, Şila Yosulcay Uz

Book Project 2.0: 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. Together with some other volunteers, the group has conducted a series of needs analysis studies with the current students and teachers in the SL as well as with faculty instructors and faculty students. In addition to helping identify the current and future needs of FDY students, the analysis work also enabled the group to identify the main themes of the book. The team have also carried out extensive literature review work in order to be able to reflect the latest findings in terms of methodology and learning strategies in the book. The course book is being piloted for the second time in Fall 2020-21 and will be revised based on the feedback that will be received from teachers and learners. The team has also created a website for the book project in order to guide those institutions who might be interested in designing their own course book. It is still under construction, so if you are interested, please check regularly for updates: SL FDY Book Project. Current members of the task group: Mutlu Bosson, Neslihan Demirdirek, Pınar Demiral Gündüz*, Sonat Demirdirek

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 group: 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 group: Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken, Jacqueline Einer, Pınar Demiral Gündüz, Nazan Gelbal, Nezaket Özgirin*, Sibel Taşkın Şimşek

Sabbatical Projects

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

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