FOCI-XX @ İZMİR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS

FOCI-XX @ İZMİR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS

To register: The deadline for registration is now closed. If you wish to receive notifications about the future events please email fociturkey@gmail.com

9am to 5pm Thursday 19 December & 9am- 4pm Friday 20 December, 2019

Venue: İzmir University of Economics, Sakarya Caddesi, No: 156 35330 Balçova – İzmir 

Theme

  • Integrated vs Discrete Skills Curriculum: Are we who we say we are? 

There seems to be some variety in the extent to which different preparatory programmes take an integrated-skills approach to the development of their curriculum. Some programmes have completely separate courses for each skill with different course books and teachers. Others have teachers sharing the teaching load of a class and teaching all four skills. Between these two positions, there seems to be a variety of different levels of integration, such as integrating speaking and listening but having a separate reading and writing strand to the curriculum.

What are the pros and cons of different approaches that we take in different institutions? What implications does the approach to this issue have on choice of course materials? To what extent do practical implications such as timetabling affect decisions about this issue?

This FOCI event will be an opportunity for participants to share their experience of, and discuss issues related to these issues. The intention is that participants will come away with some concrete ideas of how to achieve clear and realistic overall goals for their programmes

EXPECTED OUTCOME
The forum will take an informal and hands-on approach to the practical “nitty-gritty” of curriculum work aiming to complement the formal presentation of papers or workshops to be found at other professional gatherings such as conferences, seminars and workshops. It is intended that participants will come away from the Forum with concrete examples of how other institutions have responded to the challenges raised by the theme. This will involve whole-group discussion and smaller groups focusing on particular areas who will then present to the whole group. The topics for the smaller focus groups’ discussion will be decided from suggestions made by participants on the registration form.

PARTICIPANTS

  • In order to ensure efficient and focused discussion and an informal atmosphere, places are limited to ONE representative from each institution. We hope that you will understand the necessity for this.
  • The representative should be a member of a syllabus or curriculum team, or other teacher who is actively involved in curricular development, rather than an administrator.
  • If interest exceeds capacity, places are allocated randomly from applications received by the closing date, maintaining a range of different types of university and geographical spread in order to ensure the widest variety of perspectives.
  • There is no fee. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge.
  • The language of the forum is English.
  • The deadline for registration is Friday 11th October 2019.
    For enquiries contact: fociturkey@gmail.com

TRANSPORT: For more info click here to transport document 

ACCOMMODATION: Unfortunately we are not able to organize accommodation, but these are some possibilities close to the campus: Click here to see the accomodation suggestion

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TESOL Scholarship Opportunity

Dear Colleagues,

Yaşar University School of Foreign Languages is offering its 10th TESOL certificate course (Click here for details) in partnership with the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute based in the U.S.A. between the dates of July 15 and August 9, 2019.  SIT is a renowned institution that has been preparing professionals in the field of language teacher education since 1964.The SIT TESOL certificate course is a 130-hour intensive course that provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers.

For our 10th course, the U.S. Embassy is offering a scholarship opportunity to 5 instructors.  The purpose of this scholarship is to support teachers in English preparatory programs who do not otherwise have extensive access to professional development opportunities. The scholarship covers the total tuition fee for the course, worth $1300. Please note that other expenses, such as transportation, accommodation, and food are not covered by the scholarship, though a limited number of rooms in the Yaşar hall of residence may be available at attractive rates to course participants.

I would very much appreciate you sharing the attached information about the course and scholarship with your instructors.

For enquiries and applications, please contact us via tesol@yasar.edu.tr  or on 0232 570 9850.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FOCI-XIX @ İSTANBUL AYDIN UNIVERSITY

9am to 5pm Thursday 9th May & 9am- 4pm Friday 10th May, 2019

Registration has now closed. If you wish to receive notifications about the next event in December 2019, please e-mail fociturkey@gmail.com

Venue: Istanbul Aydın University English Preparatory School, Bahçelievler Mah. Adnan Kahveci Bulv. (Eski Londra Asf Cd) No 78, Yayla, Bahçelievler, İstanbul. (Tel. 0212 4426160. Ext. 61334)

Theme: Realistic Curriculum Goals:  Where are we now and where do we want to be?

Although maybe each institution may have a different label for them (e.g. exit-level descriptors, over all learning outcomes, end goals etc…), it is important that the curriculum of an English language preparatory programme explicitly states the specific academic skills and language abilities successful students are expected to display, i.e. the overall goals of the programme.

  • What role do (or should?) outside factors (e.g. CEFRL, YOK etc) play in the setting of these goals?
  • How realistic are these goals, given the constraints of a one-year programme and the available resources? What should we do if we feel these are too idealistic, complex or unachievable?
  • What are the “ideal” goals for a successful one-year prep programme and how can a curriculum team go about determining these?
  • How can we be sure that we are attaining these goals?
  • How can we ensure that level-specific objectives feed into these programme goals?

This FOCI event will be an opportunity for participants to share their experience of, and discuss issues related to these issues. The intention is that participants will come away with some concrete ideas of how to achieve clear and realistic overall goals for their programmes

EXPECTED OUTCOME

The forum will take an informal and hands-on approach to the practical “nitty-gritty” of curriculum work aiming to complement the formal presentation of papers or workshops to be found at other professional gatherings such as conferences, seminars and workshops. It is intended that participants will come away from the Forum with concrete examples of how other institutions have responded to the challenges raised by the theme. This will involve whole-group discussion and smaller groups focusing on particular areas who will then present to the whole group. The topics for the smaller focus groups’ discussion will be decided from suggestions made by participants on the registration form.

PARTICIPANTS

• In order to ensure efficient and focused discussion and an informal atmosphere, places are limited to ONE representative from each institution. We hope that you will understand the necessity for this.

• The representative should be a member of a syllabus or curriculum team, or other teacher who is actively involved in curricular development, rather than an administrator.

• If interest exceeds capacity, places are allocated randomly from applications received by the closing date, maintaining a range of different types of university and geographical spread in order to ensure the widest variety of perspectives.

• There is no fee. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge.

• The language of the forum is English.

• The deadline for registration is Friday 8th March 2019.

For enquiries contact: fociturkey@gmail.com

TRANSPORT: For more info click here 

ACCOMMODATION: Unfortunately we are not able to organise accommodation, but these are some possibilities close to the campus:

·      Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul

E-5 Karayolu, 20 Kucukcekmece Kartaltepe Mahallesi 34295, 34

  • Ramada Hotel & Suites Atakoy

Ataköy 1. Mahallesi, Otel Ramada, Fişekhane Cd. 9/1, 34158 Bakırköy/İstanbul

  • Bahçelievler Abidin Pak Öğretmenevi (Teachers’ Lodge) (Within walking distance – 15 minutes) Bahçelievler Mahallesi, Talatpaşa Cd No:38, 34180 Bahçelievler/İstanbul ,

Phone: (0212) 502 24 11

  • WOW Istanbul Hotel: (Very close to the airport – 5 minutes)

Yeşilköy Mahallesi, Atatürk Cd. No:15 – 17 – 19, 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul.

Phone(0212) 468 50 00

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FOCI-XVIII @ EGE UNIVERSITY, İZMİR

To register:Registration has now closed. If you wish to receive notifications about the next event in May 2019, please e-mail fociturkey@gmail.com

9am to 5pm Thursday 6th & 9am- 4pm Friday 7th December, 2018
Venue: Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu, Ege Universitesi Kampüs, Bornova – İzmir
Theme: Assessment from a Curriculum Developer’s Perspective: the Who? What? When? and Why?
Having created the best possible curriculum to meet the needs of our students, how can we, as curriculum developers, ensure that the assessment of learners’ progress and performance is in line with the goals of the curriculum?
How can we ensure the process of testing successfully meets the objectives set out by a level, or the end goals of a programme?

What form does or should our relationship with assessment teams take?
Would it be more advantageous to have a joint ‘Curriculum-Assessment’ team and what are the experiences of institutions which have implemented this?
How can we ensure that both teams are ‘pulling’ in same direction?

How can we avoid an exam-driven curriculum? Is the “tail wagging the dog”? Is there a danger of “putting the cart before the horse”?

Rather than getting into the specifics of test-writing, implementation and other aspects of assessment per se, this FOCI event will focus through the eyes of the curriculum developer on these questions and other issues directly related to the impact of assessment on our curricula such as:
• Exam previewing
• Assessment weightings and specifications
• Standardisation of exams, quizzes or other types of assessment
• Achieving beneficial washback on the curriculum from assessment and testing
• Assessment rubrics/criteria

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FOCI-XVII @ ISTANBUL MEDIPOL UNIVERSITY

FOCI-XVII@ ISTANBUL MEDIPOL UNIVERSITY

9am to 5pm Thursday 10th & 9am- 4pm Friday 11th May, 2018
Venue:  Istanbul Medipol University Kavacik Campus, Kavacık Mah. Ekinciler Cad. No.19, Kavacık Kavşağı, 34810, Beykoz, İstanbul (Click here for details)

Theme: Action Research and Curriculum Development: Implications and Possibilities

The action research cycle of questioning, data-gathering, reflection and taking action has long been proposed as a model for developing our own teaching. Maybe this can also be beneficial as a more adaptive and flexible way to approach the task of curriculum development as a complement to full-scale and less frequent needs-analysis process.

  • How can an action research approach contribute to curriculum development work?
  • What benefits does it have?
  • To what extent have other institutions undertaken this sort of research into the implementation of their curriculum?
  • Can this be an effective way to engage teachers more in the process of curricular development?
  • How should such an approach be set up?

This event will be a chance for participants to share research projects carried out in their own institution, for hands-on planning of action research projects and for discussion about how an action research approach might be of use to Curriculum Teams.

EXPECTED OUTCOME
The forum will take an informal and hands-on approach to the practical “nitty-gritty” of curriculum work aiming to complement the formal presentation of papers or workshops to be found at other professional gatherings such as conferences, seminars and workshops. It is intended that participants will come away from the Forum with concrete examples of how other institutions have responded to the challenges raised by the theme. This will involve whole-group discussion and smaller groups focusing on particular areas who will then present to the whole group. The topics for the smaller focus groups’ discussion will be decided from suggestions made by participants on the registration form.

PARTICIPANTS
• In order to ensure efficient and focused discussion and an informal atmosphere, places are limited to ONE representative from each institution. We hope that you will understand the necessity for this.
• The representative should be a member of a syllabus or curriculum team, or other teacher who is actively involved in curricular development, rather than an administrator.
• If interest exceeds capacity, places are allocated randomly from applications received by the closing date, maintaining a range of different types of university and geographical spread in order to ensure the widest variety of perspectives.
• There is no fee. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge.
• The language of the forum is English.
• The deadline for registration is Friday 2nd March 2018.

For enquiries contact: fociturkey@gmail.com
To register: The deadline for registration is Friday 2nd March 2018. Click to register.
Transport: Information will be send to participants nearer the time. The University Campus is at the Kavacik intersection on the E5 road (buses crossing the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Havabus from Sabiha Gokcen Aiport stop there).

Accommodation: Unfortunately we are not able to provide accommodation.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FOCI-XVI@ TOBB UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS & TECHNOLOGY Ankara

FOCI-XVI@ TOBB UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS & TECHNOLOGY Ankara

Thursday 20th & Friday 21st December, 2017
Theme: Putting Grammar in its Place: alternative curricular approaches

The question of the role in grammar seems to be a perennial problem for curriculum developers. It is hard to find the balance between allowing it to dominate the curriculum and the danger of completely ignoring it.  Learners (and often we as teachers) often perceive learning grammar as a matter of completing closed answer gap-fill or multiple choice questions; rather than more productive tasks.

  • How should we be approaching grammar in our curricula at different levels?
  • How can we best cover language items which are lacking from course-books?
  • How can we best integrate language development into the four skills?
  • How can we best identify our learners’ needs in terms of grammatical structures?
  • Which grammatical features should we be prioritising in order to best prepare our learners for their academic studies in English?
  • Is grammar more than just gap-fills?

This FOCI event explored the challenges facing us as curriculum developers when it comes to the question of grammar. Participants shared the different approaches and experiences of grammar in the curricula of different institutions.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The next FOCI event: FOCI-XV@ EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY Famagusta North Cyprus

9:30am to 5pm Thursday 11th & 9am- 4:30pm Friday 12th May, 2017
Venue: Eastern Mediterranean University, Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School Prep B building, South Campus.

Theme: COLLABORATION FOR CURRICULAR & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Curricular innovation may entail a new course-book, renewal of syllabus objectives, a change in coursework tasks or alterations in the way learners progress through the programme.  This may, in turn, necessitate changes in methodology or new teaching approaches or alterations in established classroom practices. This has implications for teacher training and professional development.

To what extent do we, as curriculum designers, take into account the possible training needs that might arise from changes to our curriculum? How can we better raise teachers’ awareness of the rationale for curricular changes? From whom should support for curricular changes come: curriculum teams or teacher development teams? How can we collaborate better with teacher trainers? What role does the curriculum itself have as a vehicle for promoting teachers’ professional development? Do we consider the range of abilities and skills available in our teaching staff when making decisions about the curriculum? How can the curriculum contribute to a culture of professional development within the institution?

This forum will examine the two-way relationship between the curriculum and professional development and look at ways that collaboration between colleagues involved in these two areas can be encouraged.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment