Oranised by Gediz University and supported by IATEFL Reasearch SIG: http://www.actionresearchconference.info

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Conference announcement: Learners &Teachers as Companions on the Road to Autonomy


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Recommended Reading for FOCI-VIII Participants

In preparation for what will be two days of stimulating discussion and valiant efforts to come up with the “perfect textbook”, we’d like to suggest participants have a look at the links below.

Jack Richards’ many years of work in ELT Curriculum and Methodology need no introduction and have produced a number of excellent books and articles. The writing we suggest here is simply meant as a “stimulus” for participants’ group discussions and perhaps an appropriate lead-in to the groups’ work in December. His article is linked here: http://8pic.ir/images/s15uxmiv22ocvezrxp8b.pdf 

While not directly related to our student profiles or educational environments, additional articles by three Taiwanese scholars (“Thinking of the Textbook in the ESL/EFL Classroom”:


as well as Sheldon’s still frequently cited “Evaluating ELT textbooks and materials”:

McGrath’s metaphors in “Teachers’ and learners’ images for coursebooks” (attached files) should also provide some very useful “pre-FOCI thought” and help lead to even more interesting discussions in our focus groups.


Last April, Funda and William had the pleasure of attending the IATEFL “ELT Journal Signature Event” debate in Liverpool. Curriculum gurus Catherine Walker and Scott Thornbury squared off in a lively debate on textbooks – all under the watchful eye of the ELT Journal’s new Editor, Graham Hall, who successfully managed to ensure they came out shaking hands at the end. We thought that listening to their fighting words on the topic “Published course materials don’t reflect the lives or needs of learners” might further lead to accelerated group work. You can find the debate at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2013/sessions/2013-04-11/elt-journal-signature-event-published-course-materials-don%E2%80%99t-reflect-lives-or-ne

Note: There are some sound difficulties at the beginning of the clip, and there may be reduced sound quality for some throughout. Like all of you, we are looking forward to our meetings and discussions next month. See you soon in sunny İzmir!

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EALTA Assessment for Academic Purposes SIG Conference 14th December, 2013 (Saturday)



Cag University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

ELT Department, Mersin, Turkey 

We welcome papers on planned, ongoing or completed research or test development projects in the field of assessment for academic purposes.

Participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by Monday, December 2nd to Peter Holt pholt@sabanciuniv.edu and Sehnaz Sahinkarakas sehnazsahin@gmail.com

Presentations will be approximately 30 minutes (20 min presentation + 10 min question-answer)

For registration, please contact the above e-mails.

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Curriculum Publication from Sabancı University School of Languages



You can order from this website: http://www.blackswan.com.tr/a-practical-guide-to-english


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FOCI-VII Standardization: what are we sacrificing? Eskisehir Osmangazi University 9th & 10th May 2013

You can now access the focus group presentations from the Past Events page.

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FOCI-VI @ ÖZYEĞİN UNIVERSITY 13th & 14th December 2012

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You can now access photos and documents from this event from the Past Events Page.  Many thanks once again to all at Özyeğin for hosting us and to all the participants who made the event such a success.  It was especially nice to see so many participants from state universities and we hope that this trend will continue.

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