Yearly Archives: 2014

New article on TPACK

Here is the second article from my dissertation on TPACK:


Abstract: The issue of what teachers need to know about technology for effective teaching has been the centre of intense debate in the recent past. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has been proposed as a conceptual framework to describe the knowledge base teachers need for effective technology integration. The present study aimed to investigate whether and/or how Turkish pre-service teachers of English reflected their TPACK, as developed in a design study integrating coursework and field experiences, on their lesson plans and implementation. Analysis of the data coming from the lesson plans and classroom observations of three cases revealed that pre-service teachers considered the relationship among content, pedagogy and technology while planning and implementing their lessons.

For the full paper, please click here.

Teaching Channel


In this post, I will introduce Teaching Channel, a website I have been using in my courses for the last few years. Teaching Channel provides teachers of various subject areas including English Language Arts with video-enhanced professional learning. Teachers can find various How-to videos such as how to write higher order questions or how to use videos to reflect on teaching and learning. Ideas presented in each video are illustrated in a real classroom setting by a real teacher. Teaching Channel explains its mission as revolutionizing how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other. Though their target audience is the teachers in America’s schools, most of the videos shared might inspire teachers across the world.

If you have questions in your mind such as how I can design levelled questions, organize inquiry-based discussion, or activate my students background knowledge, visit the website and get some inspiring ideas.


My Students’ Blogs

I have been offering the Technology and Materials Design Course in the department for the last few years. As the requirement of the course, students (pre-service teachers of English) are supposed to open up their personal blogs and share course related materials there. Weekly, students have assignments such as creating a podcast, preparing an online poster, creating a digital story, etc. (I will write another post later explaining these tasks in detail.) Students upload their products on their blogs and me, as the instructor, and their peers view their posts regularly. Students are also supposed to write an entry for each post to explain the task and reflect on the task completion process. Keeping a blog has many benefits for students. For example:

  • Blogs become their own personal online space- to share their voice
  • They learn how to blog and improve their blogging skills as they keep posting
  • Their blogs become an ongoing portfolio of samples of their work
  • As pre-service teachers, they experience blogging as a student themselves. Thus, they can implement it in their future classrooms with confidence.

When the course is over, I encourage the students to continue blogging. Some of them do. Here are the links to the blogs of Teodora Delibaşoğlu, Nazmi Dinçer, Halil İbrahim Aksakal and Yasin Kokarca. They all keep posting about ELT related issues. I follow them and feel very proud of them. I hope more and more students continue blogging after the course and I can share them with you.

Open Access ELT Journals

Here is the list of some (free) ELT online journals. It might be sometimes difficult for ELT students and teachers to find free articles on topics relevant to language teaching and learning. Please feel free to add more to the list as a comment.

English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education.

Studies in English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: English language teaching, second language acquisition, applied linguistics teaching and learning.

International Journal of English Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education, English for special purpose, English linguistics and literature.

International Journal of English Studies

Scope of the journal: English Language and Linguistics, Applied English Linguistics, Literature in English and Culture of the English-speaking countries

The Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching

Scope of the journal: Linguistics, foreign language methodology

Journal of Technology for ELT

Scope of the Journal: Using technology for language teaching

The Asian EFL Journal

Scope of the journal: Language acquisition and language learning

International Journal of English Language Education

Scope of the journal: Theory and practice in English Language Teaching and Learning, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, English language teachers’ training and education, Studies in English Culture and Literature

Reading in a Foreign Language

Scope of the journal: Foreign language reading and literacy

Computer Assisted Language Learning- Electronic Journal

Scope of the journal: Computer-assisted language learning

Language Learning and Technology

Scope of the journal: Second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language 

Scope of the journal: Teaching English as a second or foreign language

TESL Canada Journal

Scope of the journal: Learning and teaching of official languages; second language teacher education; and the maintenance and development of minority, heritage, or Aboriginal languages.

Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning

Scope of the journal: CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), multilingualism, interculturalism, and CALL, throughout Latin America and around the world

English Language Teacher Education and Development

Scope of the journal: Theories of teacher education and development, Implementation and evaluation of teacher education theories, Design, development and evaluation of ELT teacher education programmes, Exploration of current issues in teacher education such as appraisal, supervision, mentoring, Staff development through institutional development and action research, Classroom centred research and its implications for English language teacher education.



Upcoming conferences

Here are some of the conferences on education to be held in 2015. I will extend the list as new conferences are announced.

ICELLL: International Congress on English Language, Literature and Linguistics

21-22 October, 2014, Isparta/Turkey

IDEC: International Distance Education Conference

18-20 December, 2014, Doha/Qatar

GlobELT 2015 Conference: An International Conference on Teaching and Learning English as an Additional Language

16-19 April, 2015, Antalya/Turkey

Iconte: 6th International Conference on New Trends in Education and Their Implications

24-26 April, 2015, Antalya/Turkey

Atiner:  17th Annual Conference on Education

18-21 May, 2015, Athens/Greece

END: International Conference on Education and New Developments

27-29 June, 2015, Porto/Portugal

ECE2015: The European Conference on Education

1-5 JUly, 2015, Brighton/UK

ICEPS2015: 2nd International Conference on Education and Psychological Sciences

12-13 February, 2015, Amsterdam/Netherlands

INTED: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

2-4 March, 2015, Madrid/Spain

IDEA: 9th International IDEA Conference: Studies in English

15-17 April, 2015, Malatya, Turkey

 INTCESS: 2nd International Conference On Education And Social Sciences

2-4 February, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

WCES: 7th World Conference on Educational Sciences

5-7 February, 2015, Athens, Greece

ICEIT: 4th International Conference on Educational and Information Technology

19-20 March, 2015, Florence, Italy

ICLT: International Conference on Learning and Teaching

25-26 March, 2015, Singapore

FLTAL: 5th International Conference on Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics

7-10 May, 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Education Conference

7-11 June, 2015, London, UK

RELC: 50th RELC International Conference

16-18 March, 2015, Singapore

ICCIE 2015 – The International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education

17-19 May, 2015, Dubai

AACE: Gobal Conference on Learning and Technology

16-17 April, 2015, Berlin, Germany







21st Century Learning

In my methodology courses I always mention 21st century learning and emphasise the need to change the way we teach. Here are some sources explaining what is 21st century learning and discussing how actually classrooms should look like today.

On the website called Partnership for 21st Century Skills,  you can find plenty of sources explaining 21st century learning. The following graph illustrates the Framework for 21st century Learning, as explained on the website.


You can also find pdf documents on various aspects of 21st century learning. This document is specifically about 21st century learning in relation to foreign language teaching.

This blog post tells about 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools.

Here you can find a document listing 10 ideas for 21st century education.

This article writes about how 21st century classrooms should look like.


IATED stands for International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, an organism organising different international events to improve education in the field of Technology and Science. I have got two publications from the conferences they organised: One on the self-efficacy beliefs of pre-service teachers in relation to technology integration and one on the effects of  technology training on the attitudes of Turkish EFL teachers

On their website, there is a section called IATED Talks. You can watch some of the plenary sessions from different conferences for free.


TED Talks

As teachers, we need to be inspired so that we can actually inspire our students. TED Talks aim to “spark creativity” in teachers and challenge them to think differently. Here are some talks that might be inspiring for teachers. Please feel free to add other inspirational talks as a comment. Thank you.

Bill Gates- Teachers need real feedback

Bill Gates discusses that the feedback teachers receive do not go beyond the comment “satisfactory” and introduces the project called “Measures of Effective teaching” which is based on video recording the classrooms and reflection.

Rita Pierson- Every kid needs a champion

Pierson emphasises the importance of connecting with students and believing in them.

Amy Cuddy- Your body language shapes who you are

Considering the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in the classroom, this inspiring talk tells us how our body language shapes who we are.


Free downloadable books- British Council

British Council shares a number of downloadable books on its website. Books on professional development, ELT research and resource packs for teachers are available in pdf format to download. Here is the list of the books I suggest for reading. I will give brief information about each book. For more downloadable books please visit the British Council webpage.

Resource Books for Teachers

Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers by Gail Ellis and Jean Brewster

This resource book for teachers of young learners is divided into two sections: Methodology and teacher notes on stories. In the methodology section, teachers are informed about how to select a story, use a story-based methodology, create activities, develop language learning skills of learners and manage the classroom during storytelling. In the second part of the book, teachers are presented with ready-made lesson plans with photocopiable materials for 12 stories. Some of the stories are shared in the book so teachers and just copy and use them in their classrooms. There are detailed notes instructing teachers how to use each story in the classroom. Plus, teachers are provided with various types of tasks and materials ranging from puzzles to board games, puppets to songs and flashcards to bingo games.

BritLit: Using Literature in EFL Classrooms

BritLit is one of my favourite sections on the British Council webpage. It provides teachers with downloadable materials to be used with some literary work such as poems, tales or short stories. This book contains sections explaining why and how the stories should be used in the English language classroom. Teachers’ and authors’ views on BritLit are shared in two sections and finally there are some sample materials from BritLit authors.

Crazy Animals and Other Activities for Teaching English to Young Learners (Edited by Fiona Copland and Sue Garton with Monika Davis)

This is another resource book for teachers of young learners. There are 50 activities described in detail. For each activity, there is certain information provided. First, the suitable age group of learners and the time needed is mentioned. In the next section, necessary materials, suitable classroom organization, the aim of the activity, the description of the activity and ideas for preparation for the activity are listed. Then, the procedure explaining how to carry out the activity step by step is presented. Finally, there are sections called Alternatives and No resources? In the Alternatives sections, teachers are presented with different ideas for using the activity. In the No Resources? Section, the authors suggest ways of doing the activity for teachers who do not have an access to the resources listed.

ELT Research Books

Learner Autonomy: English Language Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices by Simon Borg and Saleh Al-Busaidi

The concept of Learner Autonomy has been widely referred to in the field of English language teaching and how to promote it in learners has been the focus of intensive research. This book provides theoretical background on this topic and shares the findings of a study which focused on the beliefs and reported practices of 61 teachers of English on learner autonomy.

Innovations in Learning Technologies for English Language Teaching by Gary Motteram

This book presents papers providing an overview of the current use of technologies to support English teaching and learning. Integration of technology is discussed from various perspectives: Using technology to teach English for specific purposes and academic purposes, integrating technology in the primary, secondary and adult English language teaching and technology in relation to assessment.

British Council ELT Research Papers Volume 1 (Edited by Susan Sheehan)

This book is a collection of papers on various topics in English language teaching. There are 12 chapters focusing on teaching young learners in different contexts, teacher qualifications and training, professional development, learner autonomy, etc.

Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation (Edited by Brian Tomlinson and Claire Whittaker)

As I explained in my previous post, blended learning has been very popular recently. In this book, you can read about real practices of blended learning in various contexts such as English for Academic Purposes, Teacher Development, English for Specific Purposes, and English as a Foreign Language/General English.

Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers (Edited by David Hayes)

This book offers a view of innovations in the professional development of teachers. Example innovations from the countries such as India, Uzbekistan, Australia, Brazil, etc. are discussed in detail.

British Council Survey of Policy and Practice in Primary English Language Teaching Worldwide by Shelagh Rixon

This books presents the findings of a survey conducted in 64 countries and regions including Turkey and discusses its findings in relation to the following topics: recent policy changes regarding primary English language teaching around the world, facts about the starting age for English, teachers teaching English in the primary level, curriculum and syllabus issues, support for English language teaching at primary level, assessment, transition from primary to secondary school and public and private sector relationships.

Innovation in pre-service education and training for English language teachers (edited by Julian Edge and Steve Mann)

The focus of this book is on the pre-service education. There are 14 articles discussing different issues in relation to pre-service teacher education programs.

Assessing and Evaluating English Language Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning (edited by Dr Philip Powell-Davies)

This book presents the reader with twelve selected presentations on the theme of Assessing and Evaluating English Language Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning. Presentations mostly focused on the assessment and evaluations of practices in the training classroom and the efficacy of teacher education programs.