Gazi University 1st International ELT Conference

The 1st International GAZI UNIVERSITY YDYO ELT Conference
on 15-16 NOVEMBER 2013
Gazi University, The School of Foreign Languages,
Ankara, Turkey.


Dear Colleagues,
Foreign language teachers are no longer expected to stick to a single teaching method based on a popular linguistic theory or a psycholinguistic theory of learning. They rather tend to use a wide range of language teaching techniques considering the changing needs of the learners. The increase in intercultural relations and the need to communicate with people who speak English as a second or foreign language from all over the globe combined with the dramatic changes in educational technologies have revolutionized foreign language teaching in the world.
This conference aims to provide a platform for the people involved ELT to meet and interact, to exchange ideas, to discuss their research topics with other scholars and practitioners from around Turkey and the world, to share their suggestions and solutions in the face the above-mentioned developments through paper presentations, workshops, poster presentations and panel discussions. The conference with the theme “Reflecting on Classroom Practices” will cover all kinds of theoretical and practical issues directly related to foreign language learning and teaching. The participants will be able to attend plenary lectures by renowned speakers who will certainly make the conference more dynamic, productive, informative and memorable.
Best regards,
Prof. Dr. Abdulvahit Çakır
The 1st International GAZI UNIVERSITY YDYO ELT Conference will be held on 15-16 NOVEMBER 2013 at Gazi University Music Hall and Building C, Presidency of Gazi University, Beşevler – Ankara, Turkey.

The theme, “REFLECTING ON CLASSROOM PRACTICES”, has been set in the hope that the participants will share and compare their own teaching practices. This conference aims to focus on innovative theories and practices in the following areas:

• Teaching Language Components and Skills
• Classroom Applications
• Culture and literature in ELT
• Curriculum, Syllabus and/or Materials Design
• Implementing the Common European Framework
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Teacher Training & Development
• ELT Management
• Very Young and Young Learners
• Drama in ELT
• English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
• English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

A paper is a 20 minutes session that describes an innovative idea, research, or a procedure through which the presenter has recently gained awareness of an aspect of language, language teaching and/or learning. It should describe what has been done in relation to theory or practice or may focus on commercial materials or products. Its content should be relevant to the delegates who work outside the presenter’s local context as well. The presenter is requested to allocate time for questions and discussion.
The presenters are requested to present their papers with only occasional reference to their notes rather than by reading out previously prepared texts or overhead transparencies or slides.
The summary should be no more than 450 words and should explicitly outline the steps and topics that will be discussed in the paper.

A workshop is a 60-minute hands-on session. It should include active audience participation whereby participants temporarily take on student roles and later discuss the tasks provided by the presenter. The presenter is requested to allocate time for questions and discussion. The summary should be no more than 450 words and should explicitly outline and discuss the steps and procedures that will be followed during the workshop. If presenters wish to restrict attendance to their session, they should tick the appropriate box for their preferred audience size on their proposal form.

While writing your summaries, please keep in mind that
a) if your proposal is accepted, your summary will be printed in the conference booklet.
b) the screening committee members evaluate the summaries to accept or reject a proposal. Please make sure that your summary reflects your study. The clarity and flow, originality, significance, relation to the theme and detailed description of the study all effect the members’ decision.

Proposals fulfilling the following criteria will be considered for selection:
It is clear from your summary that:
• You will shed new light on the topic.
• You have respected the level of knowledge of your audience.
• Your session will consider practical issues and implications.
• Your session will provide the audience with the opportunity to link this experience to their own if it describes a study or project in your local context.
• Your session will report on a complete study or a significant phase that has been completed if it is based on research.

• A Speaker Proposal Form
• A Registration and Reservation Form
All forms are also available at:

Registration can be done via wire transfer before the conference or on site during the conference.

Participants are requested to book their accommodation in advance. Suggestions regarding hotels and guest houses will be available at the conference web site.

On or Before Sept 10th 2013 100.-TL
After Sept 10th 2013: 120.-TL
One day attendance: 75.-TL
Two day attendance: 120.-TL
Undergraduate fee: 60.-TL

The Speaker Proposal should be sent to [email protected] by June 15th 2013.
Speakers will be notified of the status of their proposals via email.

[email protected]

Yeşim E. Çekiçel [email protected]
Asena Çifçi [email protected]
Kübra Deniz [email protected]
Merve Eser [email protected]

Deadline for proposal submission: June 15th 2013
Response to proposals via e-mail: August 15th 2013
Early Registration deadline for participants: September 10th 2013


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