Category Archives: Professional Development

The flipped classroom article

This is my new post after a long break. There was a serious technical problem about my blog and it took a long time to get it fixed. In my previous post, I wrote about the classroom management course that I flipped. The article describing the flipping process and comparing the flipped and the non-flipped classes has recently been published in the Journal of Educational Technology and Society. Here is the abstract of the article:

Implementing the Flipped Classroom in Teacher Education: Evidence from Turkey

The flipped classroom, a form of blended learning, is an emerging instructional strategy reversing a traditional lecture-based teaching model to improve the quality and efficiency of the teaching and learning process. The present article reports a study that focused on the implementation of the flipped approach in a higher education institution in Turkey. For this pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study, a classroom management course in a pre-service English teacher education program was flipped and its effectiveness was measured against a traditionally taught class. Quantitative and qualitative data came from 62 preservice teachers (PTs) in two intact classes randomly assigned as the experimental and the control groups. Findings revealed a higher level of self-efficacy beliefs and better learning outcomes for the experimental group PTs in the flipped classroom compared to the control group PTs in the traditional classroom. PTs’ perceptions of the flipped classroom were also positive.

You can read the full article here.

The first publication of the new year- Podcasting

Our chapter ‘The effects of podcasting on Turkish pre-service teachers’ foreign language anxiety and attitudes towards technology’ has recently been published as a book chapter. You can view the scanned pages here.

The chapter reports the findings of a study focusing on the use of podcasts with pre-service teachers of English.

For citation, please use the following:

Atay, D. & Kurt, G. (2016). The effects of podcasting on Turkish pre-service teachers’ foreign language anxiety and attitudes towards technology. In M. Rahman (Ed.), Integrating technology and culture: Strategies and innovations in ELT (pp. 152-170). Jaipur: Yking Books.

Mobile Learning

Recently I have been interested in mobile learning and teaching and reading relevant sources. I came across an online available edited book: Mobile Learning: A handbook for educators and trainers. There are 20 chapters focusing on different aspects of mobile learning and teaching.

Inside the book, for its scope, the following is written:

“Emphasising the issues of usability, accessibility, evaluation and effectiveness,

and illustrated by case studies drawn from contemporary projects from around the

world, this book considers:

the fundamentals of mobile technologies and devices

the educational foundations of modern networked learning

the issues that underpin mobile learning and make it accessible for all users

the challenges of making mobile learning a substantial and sustainable component in colleges, universities and corporations. 

implications and issues for the future.”

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.


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.