Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
To all the teachers who travels in the road not taken,
Robert Frost illustrates the process of decision making and acceptance of its outcomes. As English language teachers we do not have any single second to focus on lost opportunities. We take the road in which we avoid clichés and conventional methods.
There is no doubt that human brain likes curiosity. If a student's curiosity is stimulated at the beginning of a school day, won’t it help them better to absorb information all day long? How can we cultivate students’ ability to think deeply and critically?
Instant diversity and likely divergence from Frost’s yellow wood will lead us to engaged learners, and a real shot at permanent learning. This is not merely about creating something new but amplifying the effect of an existing, core experience by implementing the right stimulating techniques which will make the journey of learning engaging.
A learner at play is a signal that there is a comfortable mind focused on a fully-internalized goal. Achieving this in a classroom is possible through setting up an atmosphere to promote quality to visualize, to conceive ideas, to understand using their intuitions, their imaginations, and to look beyond “what is” to the more subtle implications.
A teacher has the power to foster sweet ambition and envision strategies to glide on the roads not taken by actuating well thought-out mentoring, peer-to-peer modelling, project-based learning and a genuine “need to know.”
So let’s take the road less travelled by to make all the difference.
Paul Seligson has been ‘TEFLing’ for 39 years, a regular visitor to Turkey for 20 years and is well-known for his lively, highly pragmatic training. An MA in TEFL and CELTA assessor, he’s produced 20 series of course books as author, consultant, contributor or editor, and trained teachers worldwide. Freelance, based between Brighton and Rio de Janeiro, he’s absolutely delighted to be returning to Istanbul.
JJ Wilson has taught children and adults in Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, the U.K., Italy and the U.S., where he is writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University. He has co-authored a number of ELT courses, including Language to Go, Total English, the second edition of Postcards, and the award-winning Speakout. His methodology books include How to Teach Listening and Active Listening.
Katy Muench has been involved in English teaching for a decade, and has taught in the UK, Poland, Hong Kong and Turkey. Over the years she has given workshops at conferences both in Turkey and abroad. She is in the final stages of completing the Delta and also maintains her role as an active Cambridge speaking examiner. Her interests lie in incorporating learner and teacher creativity into the classroom as well as material creation, which she shares with a global audience on her blog, ‘’Five Things ELT’’.
Steven Ogden is the Academic Director at Unlimited Educational Services (UES) in Istanbul. For the past 19 years he has worked as an ELT teacher, course coordinator, teacher trainer and school manager. After completing his MA in Literature and Theatre from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, he went on to complete his English language teaching qualifications in Bangkok. Following this, he worked in a variety of roles in Thailand, Japan, China, Sri Lanka and the UK. Prior to joining UES, he spent the last 6 years working in ELT publishing as a teacher trainer and key account manager. Steven has a postgraduate diploma in Business and Finance obtained through a distance learning program from the Open University in the UK.
Sam Whittam currently works for UES as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. For the past seven years he has been working in Turkey as a teacher, examiner and editor. He has worked with all levels from kindergarten to high school in private colleges as well as university students and adults in Turkey. Before coming to Turkey, he taught primary and middle school students in South Korea after graduating from Buckinghamshire University in England. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university, his passion for literature can often be seen in his teaching as he believes stories to be a cornerstone of any good education. Sam is TESOL qualified and frequently attends workshops as a teacher and a trainer to better himself in every area of his occupation. He also has experience as an examiner for Primary School exams.
|08:30 – 09:30||Check-in|
|09:30 – 09:45||Opening|
|09:45 - 11:15||Plenary 1- PAUL SELIGSON (Oxford University Press)|
|11:15 – 11:35||Coffee Break|
|11:35 – 12:25||Concurrent Sessions|
|12:25 – 13:25||Lunch|
|13:25 – 13:40||Plaque Ceremony|
|13:40 – 15:10||Plenary 2 - J.J. WILSON (Pearson Education)|
|15:10 - 15:30||Raffle|
The time has come to our 14th ELT conference. Çevre College doors shall open on February 24th 2018 at 8.30 and welcome all the teachers around Turkey. The journey we will take our fellow English Language Teachers this year is to ‘The Road Not Taken in ELT’. As educators we need to get rid of old school methods, harness ourselves with creative and update lessons. Gather round and find your engraved invitation ticket from biletix box offices for 60 TL or at CEVRE COLLEGE (cash only) For further information please check http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/VCJ01/TURKIYE/tr For e-certificates and service bus registrations please fill in the forms below.
The time has come to our 14th ELT conference. Çevre College doors shall open on February 24th 2018 at 8.30 and welcome all the teachers around Turkey. The journey we will take our fellow English Language Teachers this year is to ‘The Road Not Taken in ELT’.As educators we need to get rid of old school methods, harness ourselves with creative and update lessons.
Gather round and find your engraved invitation ticket from biletix box offices for 60 TL or at CEVRE COLLEGE (cash only).
For further information please check http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/UZCEV/TURKIYE/tr
For service bus registrations please fill in the form below.
19 Mayıs Mah. Bayar Caddesi.Çevre Sokak No:2 Erenköy/İstanbul Tel: 0216 360 5313-174/196 E-mail: email@example.com