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Undergraduate Nilsu Sök selected to attend to a TÜBİTAK-supported training in Turkey

Nilsu Sök, a senior student in the TEFL program, has been selected to attend a TÜBİTAK-supported training focusing on improving teacher candidates’ digital literacy skills, taking place between December 9-13 in Trabzon, Turkey. More information about this training can be found at the project website. Congratulations, Nilsu!

Days of Speech and Sign – November 25 & 26, 2019

 

For more information, please contact the organizer of this event, walteratmetu.edu.tr (Mary Ann Walter), an associate professor of linguistics in the TEFL program.

Undergraduate Deniz Uğur Tatlı receives a scholarship to attend a MOOC offered by the University of London

Deniz Uğur Tatlı, a senior student in the TEFL program, receives financial support to attend a MOOC, entitled “ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum” offered through Coursera by the University of London. More information about this course can be found at the course website. Congratulations, Deniz!

Ali Fuad Selvi gives a plenary speech at the 2019 INGED Conference in Ankara, Turkey

Ali Fuad Selvi, an assistant professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the TEFL program, gives a plenary speech entitled “Global Englishes Language Teaching: What Is it and Why Does It Matter to You?” at the 19th INGED Conference, taking place on November 14-16 in Ankara, Turkey. More information about this event can be found at the conference website.

Mary Ann Walter presents at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

Mary Ann Walter, an associate professor of linguistics in the TEFL program, delivers a presentation entitled “Remembering Empire: The Reception of Hittite in Modern Turkey” at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, taking place on November 1, 2019 in Washington DC, USA. More information about this event can be found at the conference website.

Ali Fuad Selvi is the top-cited author in TESOL Journal

The article by Ali Fuad Selvi, an assistant professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the TEFL program, entitled “Myths and Misconceptions About Nonnative English Speakers in the TESOL (NNEST) Movement” (published in TESOL Journal in 2014) is "the most cited article based on citations published in the last three years, according to CrossRef." Published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of TESOL International Association, TESOL Journal is a refereed, practitioner-oriented electronic journal based on current theory and research in the field of TESOL.

Mary Ann Walter delivers a presentation on whistled Turkish language at the Science for Lunch event

Mary Ann Walter, an associate professor of linguistics in the TEFL program, delivers a presentation entitled “The Auditory Perception of Whistled Turkish Language” as part of the Science for Lunch event at METU Northern Cyprus Campus, taking place on October 23.

Undergraduate Deniz Uğur Tatlı awarded scholarship to participate in a TÜBİTAK-supported training

Deniz Uğur Tatlı, a senior student in the TEFL program, has been selected to participate in a TÜBITAK-supported training entitled “The Course on Using Dialogic Instruction in English Language Teaching for Undergraduate Students”, taking place between October 22-25 in Antalya, Turkey. More information about this training can be found at the project website. Congratulations, Deniz!

TEFL alumnus, Altan Öztürk, selected to participate in the US Fulbright FLTA program

Image result for altan ozturkAltan Öztürk, a recent graduate of the TEFL program in 2016 and the Head of Foreign Language Unit at Cappadocia University, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program in 2020-2021.

As an FLTA fellow, Altan will spend nine months at a selected U.S. university as a teaching assistant in a Turkish language teaching program. During his stay, he will also take two courses per semester in English Language Teaching and/or U.S. studies at his host institution, interact with their host communities in Turkish Conversation Groups, carry out extracurricular activities, and participate in community outreach projects. Congratulations, Altan!

Ali Fuad Selvi gives a plenary speech at the 2019 INCOL Conference in Adana, Turkey

Ali Fuad Selvi, an assistant professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the TEFL program, gives a plenary speech entitled “English in the World and the World in English: Issues of Power, Politics and Pedagogy in ELT” at the 2019 INCOL Conference, taking place on October 9-11 in Adana, Turkey. More information about this event can be found at the conference website.

New book chapter – Özbilgin-Gezgin & Eröz (2019)

Alev Özbilgin-Gezgin, a lecturer of TESOL, has a new chapter entitled “Opportunities and Resources for Pre-service English Teachers to Teach Writing: The Case of Northern Cyprus” in Second Language Writing Instruction in Global Contexts English Language Teacher Preparation and Development (Multilingual Matters). More information about this chapter and the handbook can be found at the publisher’s website.

Mary Ann Walter delivers a presentation at the University of Cyprus

Mary Ann Walter, an associate professor of linguistics in the TEFL program, delivers a presentation entitled “The development of sibling languages by child speakers” as part of the Cyprus Acquisition Team Seminar Series, taking place on September 16, at the University of Cyprus.

 

Linguistic Film Series – Fall 2019 semester

Linguistic Film Series features linguistically-relevant movies, documentaries, and episodes of TV shows and they are open to public! Download this document to review this semester’s films and schedule. Film screenings will take place in the Culture and Convention Center (Amfi-1). For more information, please contact the organizer of this event, walteratmetu.edu.tr (Mary Ann Walter), an associate professor of linguistics in the TEFL program.

Nesrin Değirmencioğlu gives a book talk at the Inaugural Conference of Cyprus English Studies Association

Nesrin Değirmencioğlu, an assistant professor of comparative literature in the TEFL program, delivers a presentation entitled “Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development” at the Inaugural Conference of Cyprus English Studies Association (CESA), taking place on September 14, 2019 in Nicosia, Cyprus. For more information about this event can be found at the conference website.

Nesrin Değirmencioğlu has been promoted to Assistant Professorship

Nesrin Değirmencioğlu, a lecturer of comparative literature in the TEFL program, has been promoted to the level of Assistant Professor by the Campus Executive Board at METU Northern Cyprus Campus.
Heartfelt congratulations to Nesrin hoca, and wishing her all the best in her academic endeavors...

New book – Christie & Degirmencioglu (2019)

Cover Cultures of Uneven and Combined DevelopmentNesrin Degirmencioglu, a lecturer of comparative literature in the TEFL program, has published a co-edited volume (with James Christie – University of Warwick) by Brill, entitled Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development.

Abstract: Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development seeks to explore and develop Leon Trotsky’s concept of uneven and combined development. In particular, it aims to adapt the political and historical analysis which originated in Trotsky’s Russia for use within the contemporary field of world literature. As such, it draws together the work of scholars from both the field of international relations and the field of literature and the arts. This collection will therefore be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in new ways of understanding world literary texts, or interested in new ways of applying Trotsky’s revolutionary politics to the contemporary world order.

More information about this book can be found at the publisher’s website.

New handbook chapter – Selvi (2019)

Ali Fuad Selvi, an assistant professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the TEFL program, has a new chapter entitled “The ‘non-native’ teacher” in The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teacher Education. More information about this chapter and the handbook can be found at the publisher’s website.

TEFL alumna, Selin Tanış, defends her master’s thesis

Selin Tanış, a graduate of the TEFL program in 2016, successfully defended her master’s thesis entitled “Research Engagement in and Beyond Pre-Service Teacher Education: A Case Study of an English Language Teacher Education Program in Turkey” and graduated from master’s program in English Language Teaching at METU Ankara. Selin’s thesis was co-supervised by Ali Fuad Selvi, an assistant professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and Chair of the TEFL program, and Deniz Şallı Çopur, a lecturer of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and the Vice Chair of the Department of Foreign Language Education at METU Ankara. Congratulations, Selin!

TEFL alumni join respected graduate programs in England, Australia, Turkey and Northern Cyprus

As always, TEFL alumni were accepted (with financial support) into various prestigious programs around the world to pursue their advanced graduate degrees. Good luck in your studies, everyone! We are proud of you!