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1 The Development of ELT Overseas The Turkish Contribution Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

2 The grammar of research research (UK) research (US) Uncountable noun -To do (some) research in language teaching -To carry out / conduct (some) research into/on the use of L1 in the classroom -A research project/paper/student/assistant -A researcher Verb (trans, intrans) - She’s researching the works of Chomsky - He’s researching into the problem of getting students to speak Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

3 Some history Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

4 4 There is no evidence of any widespread demand for a knowledge of English until after the World War of About one hundred and twenty Turkish teachers of English are today employed in Government schools and institutions, and it is stated that there are vacancies for a hundred more. English first became an official subject in Turkish State Schools in Practical training for future teachers of English is given at only one institution in Turkey, and that is the Gazi Educational Institute at Ankara. The trained teachers from the Gazi Educational Institute, able and willing to use English in direct method, are so far a simple minority. There are very few teachers using any method other than that of going through as much of the text-book as possible in the time allowed, doing word-for-word translation, and employing the vernacular for all class-room conversation.

5 1984 Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir Four private schools Almost no professional development Uncertain methodology An examination subject Academic research only Little or no global recognition Publications in L1 Little connection between research and practice

6 Up to now ‘English has a definite instrumental function as a means for connecting Turkey to the outside world.’ Güray Çağlar König Sheer numbers The rise of EIL, ELF and Globish The dominance of non-native speakers Communicative language teaching methodology International training and qualifications The acceptance of ELT as a subject and a life-skill ‘The studies examined reveal that, in general, practical concerns assume priority over theoretical issues, with the preponderance of research being conducted on EFL learning and teaching.’ Cem Alptekin & Sibel Tatar, Research on foreign language teaching and learning in Turkey ( ). Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

7 What is research? Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir lynnfisher.com/tears.html (with thanks to Deniz Kurtoğlu-Eken)

8 A definition "In the broadest sense of the word, the definition of research includes any gathering of data, information and facts for the advancement of knowledge." (Martyn Shuttleworth) workshops teaching portfolios self monitoring case studies keeping a journal peer observation action research (adapted from Richards & Farrell, 2005) Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

9 Writers Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir and at least eight others in the same journal.

10 Bloggers & Technophiles Burcu Akyol’s Blog Reflections about teaching, technology, practical tips and resources Burcu Akyol’s Blog Esra’s Englishous Blog All about a kindergarten teacher interested in technology and Esra’s Englishous Blog everything new and useful for teaching Burcu’s Teaching and Learning Zone As the best teachers are learners themselves Burcu’s Teaching and Learning Zone Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog Teaching, learning, reflecting and being a C21st learner & teacher.. Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog Işıl Boy’s Blog Educational technology.. Işıl Boy’s Blog A Journey In TEFL by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan A Journey In TEFL Canan Elicin’s Blog How to Make the Process of Teaching and Learning enjoyable.. Canan Elicin’s Blog Nesrin Eren’s Blog Matters in ELT/ESL/EFL.. Nesrin Eren’s Blog Sultan Zeydan’s Blog Sultan’s ELT Topia.. Sultan Zeydan’s Blog Aslı Saglam’s Blog English Messages In A Bottle by Yesim Cakır - An ELT Blog for teachers and students. English Messages In A Bottle Merve Oflaz To teach is to touch lives forever.. Merve Oflaz ELT Teacher Development by Evridiki Dakos ELT Teacher Development Busem Doğan’s Blog Tips, tricks and strategies on English Language Teaching Busem Doğan’s Blog Neslihan Durmusoglu Reflections on the world of EFL Neslihan Durmusoglu Haldun Kaya’s Blog Technology for 21stcentury English language teachers Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

11 Organisations Tplus ELTER İnged Exchanges Conferences Collaborations Social Media https://tr-tr.facebook.com/Eltturkey https://tr-tr.facebook.com/Eltturkey Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

12 Why does it matter? Knowledge and understanding of language teaching is increased. Problems are solved, standards improve. Teachers develop their own critical thinking skills. Bottom-up influence. Recognition. Adds interest, prevents burn-out. Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

13 Induction Competency Building Enthusiastic and growing Career frustration Career cycle Pre-service Career exit Career wind-down Career stability The teacher career cycle adapted from Fessler, R. & Christensen, J.C. İn Nolan and Hoover, 2004 Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

14 “A jockey on a hobby horse going nowhere; rocking endlessly and fruitlessly. I feel that what I am doing is sometimes pointless, much below my capabilities” (14 yrs) “Like an athlete who has not displayed her best, most outstanding performance yet; who is still working hard and hopefully can do one day or who can get injured and quit the field any time” (8 yrs) Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir

15 Opportunity Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir In a village near Kars, teachers meet the needs of students and their cleanliness. Donkeys carry water from a well 1 kilometre away.

16 Do it yourself! “You can train me, and you can educate me, but you can’t develop me – I develop!” (Piai, 2005) Steve Darn, Katip Çelebi University, Izmir


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