School Observation in a State School

by Senem Tosun & Elif Paksoy Description of the Context   My friend Senem and I made our observation in a public primary school in Yenimahalle, Ankara. Our class hours were between 10:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. for 4th grade students. The proficiency of our class is mixed. That is, there are students at different levels. For example,…

Recruitment Process and Working Conditions at METU NCC

I have been getting a lot of questions about working at METU NCC (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus) School of Foreign Languages, especially from the fourth-year students on our main campus. I have tried to answer them to my knowledge, but some of them, I thought, can be better answered by someone who…

A Reflection on Dogme

by Zeynep Eda Alpsoy, FLE senior student, 2015 DOGME in TEACHING The Dogme approach, which opened a new perspective in ELT and came to light as a reaction to the over-emphasis on technology and the artificial environment created by non-genuine materials in the ELT settings, is an important concept that every skilled English teacher should…

An Activity for Speaking and Recycling Vocabulary

by Salamat Mukanbetova, FLE Senior Student/ October, 2015 Teacher prepares cards with words. Words can be from the last unit to recycle them or from the unit that is going to be covered. This activity can be used as a pre-activity to teach vocabulary or as a post-activity to verify comprehension. Teacher says that they…

Anti-Intellectualism in Schools

Merve Ulukaya FLE/2015 In his article ‘’ 2000’lerde Öğretmenler ve Antientellektüalizm’’, Yetkin Işık seeks the reasons and results of anti-intellectualism in Turkish society. At first, the writer criticizes the government for not paving the way for critical thinking, further knowledge acquisition in schools draw the line for information to be learned. Neither the teachers, school…