About FOCI

AIMS OF THE FORUM

The forum was set up by the Curriculum Team of Sabancı University School of Languages in May 2010 for representatives from the curriculum teams of a range of foundation/preparatory programmes preparing students for their academic studies in English.  The forum provides an opportunity for different state, foundation and private universities within the Turkish context to come together:

  • to discuss issues of concern in the areas of needs analysis, syllabus writing, implementation, and programme evaluation;
  • to share experiences and ideas relevant to curricular issues from their diverse contexts;
  • to raise mutual awareness of the activities and approaches to curriculum issues in other programmes;
  • to build relationships and links between the curriculum teams in different institutions.

RATIONALE OF THE FORUM

  • The FOCI project holds regular twice-yearly two-day events in May and December;
  • FOCI events are hosted by different universities inTurkeyandNorthern Cyprus;
  • Events are organised by the FOCI Organising Team which is comprised of members from Sabanci University School of Languages and two other universities, in collaboration with the host institutions;
  • The forum takes 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;
  • FOCI events are aimed at members of syllabus or curriculum teams or teachers interested in curricular development rather than administrators;
  • Events focus on issues related to foundation/preparatory programmes rather than Freshman or other faculty courses.

PARTICIPANTS

  • In order to ensure efficient and focused discussion and an informal atmosphere, places are limited to one representative from each institution.
  • The representative should be a member of a syllabus or curriculum team, or other teacher who is involved in curricular development.
  • 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.
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