Eaquals Event Speaker Report: School of Languages (ScOLa) 2018 ELT Conference

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Chris Farrell represented Eaquals at the conference “How to Do the Right Things by Doing Things Right?” organised by the School of Languages at Özyeğin University took place on the Çekmeköy Campus of Özyeğin University on May 26.

The event welcomed over 200 delegates and featured world-renowned speakers as well as English language teaching professionals who shared the effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy of the practices they employ in English language instruction.

Presentation Title: Are we doing the ‘Right Things’ in Teacher Development?

Presentation by: Chris Farrell, Head of Teacher Development, Centre of English Studies

Abstract: This talk will re-evaluate the Teacher Development process as it is undertaken in many institutions and focus on some specific strategies that could be used by both institutions and individual teachers in order to make the development process more effective. We will be looking at some of the initiatives and support materials used by Eaquals Members to ensure that their institutions maintain a high degree of academic quality.

The two specific areas which will be focused on are:

1. Action Research: A brief overview of the Action Research process with some practical tips for starting AR projects both individually and collaboratively. This will be looked at from the perspective of bottom-up teacher development.

2. Curriculum Development: In this area, we will look at how the institution can best set up the curriculum to support the teachers’ ability to adequately reflect on the success of their lessons, and thus the progress of their ‘teacher learning’.

This plenary will aim to highlight some of the initiatives which can be undertaken in your institution, or by yourself, in order to ensure that you continue to grow in your profession.

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