Facilitators

Ayşe Karataş

(in charge of facilitating Lesson Study Team 3)

Who am I?

I was born and raised in Eskişehir where I lived until 2011. Then, I moved to Ankara where I started my bachelor degree in Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University. I graduated with great internship experiences from METU in 2015. Currently, I am enjoying my second year in teaching at University of Turkish Aeronautical Association. I have always considered English teachers as language art workers, so I have tried to apply this idea into my teaching all the time. I took part in Reflective Teaching Practice during my first year in UTAA, which shaped my teaching style and philosophy. Also, I gained a different perspective towards learning process with the help of lesson study experience. 

How do I feel about being a facilitator?

Lesson study taught me a lot when I was an active member of it last year. I can surely say that it also contributed me a lot as a facilitator this year. Being a facilitator was a little bit hard for me to handle at first, however it got easier when I became involved in it. It helped me gain different perspectives and be more organized, which has had a really big impact on my daily practice in the class. Moreover, thanks to the experience of being a facilitator for lesson study, I learnt how to approach critically, to conduct meetings and discusions, to produce outcomes and to handle difficulties in an easier way. As a last word, being a facilitator has gained me lots of things and it was a great opportunity.

Facilitators

 Betül Çimenli

 (in charge of facilitating Action Research Teams)

Who am I?

I graduated from Hacettepe University, ELT department with a BA degree. One year after my graduation, I enrolled an MA program in ELT department at Hacettepe University. My MA thesis-to be completed in September 2017- is on the relation between topic development skills and interactional competence of L2 learners. I have been working as a language instructor at UTAA for 3 years now (Wow!). I have taught English both at Preparatory School and freshman level-Academic Presentation Skills and Academic Writing Courses. Some of my research interests are classroom discourse, L2 classroom interaction and learning/teaching practices, Conversation Analysis (CA), online spoken interaction, Computer Mediated Spoken Interaction in L2 (CMSI).

How do I feel about being a facilitator?

Thanks to professional development program offered in our university, I had the opportunity to choose from various PDP options in previous years. Thus, I realized both practical and theoretical importance of in-service training in addition to pre-service training in terms of acknowledging mistakes in our ‘real’ classrooms as well as keeping up with recent developments in our field. Being a facilitator for Action Research Group in 2016/2017 Spring Term was also a huge opportunity for me to develop as a teacher, a researcher and, of course, as a facilitator. Since it needs careful planning at all levels, being a facilitator was tiring at times. However, high spirit of our group was always a powerful help for me. The entire process was about constant share of ideas between our group members to whom I am grateful for their efforts and collaboration during this process.

Facilitators

Çisem Altuğ

 (in charge of facilitating Lesson Study Team 4)

Who am I?

I began my official teaching career in 2012 as an instructor at UTAA. However, before that I worked as a Comenius Language Assistant in France and as a part-time English teacher at Alkan English Academy. I have been working as a curriculum designer and test writer for 4 years at UTAA. I hold a BA in English Language Teaching. My professional interests are curriculum and material development, testing and Lesson Study as a professional development model. Since I started working at UTAA, I also became interested in Aviation English. Therefore, I went to England twice to receive training on Aviation English Methodology and Rating Aviation English Exams; and now I am also one of the invigilators at UTAA Aviation English Test Center. I am lately interested in exploring website templates like Weebly and Wix and now responsible for designing and updating one for the professional development groups I took part in.

How do I feel about being a facilitator?

As it helped me gaining confidence and developing more personal and professional skills, being a facilitator is one of my decisions I am proud of. I knew from the beginning that it would be challenging as a responsibility, but it did not stop me from experiencing it. Working with different people, who are also your colleagues, and trying to guide them in a professional development activity (Lesson Study) is not a piece of cake, but it comes with several benefits; so I chose to catch those benefits. In the end, I accomplished something hard to do and I believe I could help my group as much as possible; and in return I learned a lot from them during the process. Now, I am looking forward to start a new journey and guide a new group in Lesson Study.

Facilitators

Elif Meltem Birsöz Özköse

 (in charge of facilitating Team Teaching Team 3)

Who am I?

I was born in Ankara. I lived in different cities such as Ankara, Bursa, Muğla and Nevşehir because of my father’s job. I graduated from the University of Ankara in 2007. After I graduated from the university, I started to work as a teacher of English in a private college for four years. During the years that I had in college, I experienced at working in a Project in terms of European Language Award. As a result of this project, I was able to win this award with my colleagues on behalf of our school. In 2011, I started to work as an Instructor of English in University of Turkish Aeronautical Association. In 2013, I went to England in terms of teacher training program. In addition, I received my Master’s degree in the field of teaching a foreign language from Ankara University. I have been working in this university for almost six years. Using creative methodology for the classroom, using technology in the classroom, translating a text, and analyzing a novel are the skills that I try to be interested in.

How do I feel about being a facilitator?

 It is obvious that team teaching was an unbelievable experience that made a great contribution to me in terms of my individual development. It is possible to say that I discovered myself again and again during my journey including team teaching. Thanks to my team teaching experience as a facilitator, I had a chance to help the group members make a decision, help them look for solutions, create an environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, understand one another’s point of view and share responsibility. There is no doubt that I learned how to guide group members rather than lead them. I think being a team-teaching facilitator makes me get new perspectives while guiding the group members. I believe that team teaching is a great way to build collegial relationship and make us gain new insights.

Facilitators

Sebahat Nur Boztunç

 (in charge of facilitating Team Teaching Team 4)

Who am I?

My name is Sebahat Nur Boztunç. I was born in Kırşehir, 1992. I am a graduate of English Language Teaching Department at Gazi University. After the graduation, I started to have my master degree in the same department in 2014. In 2015, I started to work at the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association where I am still working. Professionally, I am interested in creating a motivating, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in the classroom to help the students` learning, thus; I am ready to gain new insights in terms of professional development.

How do I feel about being a facilitator?

Before being a facilitator, you should be sure whether this long path is a good fit for your skills, interests, and personality traits. At the beginning of the term, I was a little bit nervous about being a facilitator. I was not sure about whether I could really facilitate the things or I was totally lost. When you know what to do step by step, it helps you facilitate the team members easily. At that point, I can say that thanks to being a facilitator, I learned how to be organized because I had to know all the steps before. Also, I had to be really careful about taking notes in the meetings, keeping files, and following the deadlines to provide a good path to walk for the team members. As a facilitator, I was responsible for planning, organizing and conducting processes that bring group members together for the purpose of achieving a common goal, so I tried to enjoy acting as a guide to help people move through a process together. Furthermore, thanks to being a facilitator and being a speaker of such an informative CPD program, I gained self-confidence.