15th ELT Conference

February 23rd 2019



Gather round! Çevre College is bound to open its portals on 23rd February 2019 to celebrate the 15th annual ELT FEST. We offer you an opportunity to cultivate your passion in teaching English with eternal zest. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, aware of the core power of miracle workers, once said, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” The bulk of energy in our life comes not merely from our intellect but from our emotions and feelings. Teaching English requires building a motivated group of learners who are excited to communicate in another language. Thus, let the festive fever pump up your walk of teaching in 15 ways.

1. Give them the tools to express themselves.

2. Assist them to advance their English abilities.

3. Sparkle the insight to a broader perspective.

4. Facilitate life through 21st century skills.

5. Galvanize them to think critically.

6. Help them to take initiative in your activities.

7. Inspire them to become responsible global citizens.

8. Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility.

9. Set a collaborative environment.

10. Encourage them to be creative.

11. Develop a healthy rapport with them.

12. Ignite an experience that underpins a meaningful learning as well as a solid communication.

13. Bear in mind that to create an efficient team, you must form bonds.

14. Respect diverse talents and ways of learning.

15. Make them become outrageously successful.

We cordially invite all passionate teachers to attend our 15th ELT conference, The ULTIMATE PASSION FOR ELT :)

Çevre’stivaL Committee

PLENARY SPEAKERS

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KEN WILSON
MACMILLAN
 

Ken is an author and trainer. He's given training presentations in nearly forty countries and written more than thirty ELT titles, including a dozen series of course books. He also writes supplementary material, including sketches, songs and drama resources. He has written more than a hundred radio and TV programmes for BBC English. Until 2002, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which performed stage-shows for learners of English all over the world. The ETT made more than 250 tours to 55 countries, including Turkey.

He lives in London with his wife Dede and two cats and works in a shed at the end of his garden. He spends too much time on Facebook and blogs occasionally at http://kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com

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PAUL SELIGSON
UES
 

A ‘TEFLer’ for 40 years, Paul’s well-known for his lively, pragmatic training. An MA in TEFL and CELTA assessor, his many publications include English File (OUP) plus 20 other series, either as author, editor or consultant. Freelance, based in Brighton, Paul’s absolutely delighted to be back in Turkey for the umpteenth time, at this, his second Cevre conference. Contact: paulseligson@gmail.com

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İLHAN ŞEŞEN
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

After graduating from Law School, İlhan Şeşen worked as a freelance lawyer for ten years. In 1983, he quit the profession of attorney and founded ‘Grup Gündoğarken’ with his nephews Gökhan and Burhan Şeşen. In 1994, he produced his solo album 1994 ‘Aşk Haklı’. In 1995, he produced and hosted a programme called ‘Arka Pencere’ on a private channel. İlhan Şeşen, who prepared a radio program called ‘Amca Burada,’ also starred in a TRT series called ‘Cesur Kuşku.’ His second solo album hit the big time especially with the song ‘Neler Oluyor Bize’

After 1,5 years, İlhan Şeşen, the Uncle of Turkish Pop Music, released his new solo album, ‘Şimdi Ben Bu Şarkıları Kime Söyleyeyim’. In the same period, he took part in the series ‘Mühürlü Güller’, which was broadcast on TRT1. His fourth solo album ‘Aşk Yalanı Sever’, took its place in music markets in May 2005. In 2013, he released his album ‘Gel.’ He took part in television series ‘Aliye’, ‘Annem’, ‘Hayatımın Rolü’ ‘Görüş Günü Kadınları’, ‘Aşk Yalanı Sever’, ‘Milat’ and ‘Paramparça’

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

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SAM WHITTAM
UNLIMITED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (UES)
 

Sam Whittam works for Unlimited Educational Services as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. For 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 colleges as well as university students and adults. Before Turkey, he taught primary and middle school students in South Korea after graduating from Buckinghamshire University in England.

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KERİM BİÇER
DÜNYA EDUCATION
 

Kerim Biçer has professionally engaged in ELT in Turkey and abroad for 15 years. He has worked as a teacher, coordinator and teacher educator at state and private institutions and with learners from primary to higher education. He holds an MA in ELT, is Cambridge Delta qualified and currently a PhD student. He works for Dunya Education and Cambridge University Press as a teacher educator.

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ALLY KENSINGTON
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

Ally Kensington is the founder and director of KensingtonAlly Yurtdışı ve Eğitim Danışmanlığı. She is an approved speaking examiner also works as a freelance trainer trainer with the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, Cambridge University Press and Oxford Training Academy. She has been a teacher for nearly 17 years and developed skills in writing syllabuses and creating bespoke education programs.

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CRISTINA MANEA GÜLTEKİN
DÜNYA EDUCATION
 

Cristina Manea Gultekin is the Director of Foreign Languages at GKV and, at the same time, a freelance teacher trainer. She holds a BA in English and French and an MA in teaching English in the European context. She worked as Academic Vice-Director of School of Foreign Languages at Hasan Kalyoncu University and holds Sabanci University’ SLTEP and Pilgrims’ teacher trainer certificates. With a rich experience in preparing foreign languages programmes from K12 to university levels in Europe and Turkey, she is committed to research the psychological and social formation in English language teachers and learners, and the processes and practices through which professional development is implemented and developed continuously.

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HANDE PARLAK
ÇEVRE COLLEGE
 

Hande PARLAK received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Istanbul University. She has been teaching English in primary for twelve years. She ran an English Drama Club for many years. She wrote several plays and stories for primary students. She currently teaches 3rd and 5th grades and runs an Art & Craft Club for primary students.

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STEVE O'FARRELL
PEARSON
 

Steve O’Farrell has been in education for over 20 years and has been training teachers for 10 of these years. He now travels around Turkey and abroad, training for Pearson Education. A passionate and energetic presenter, he uses humour in all his sessions, and hopes to convince today’s participants that humour is essential for learning.

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DEDE WILSON
MACMILLAN
 

Dede is an ELT consultant and teacher trainer. She was an EFL/ESOL trainer at Westminster College and has trained teachers in many countries, including Turkey. She developed a course leading to the OCR CTEFLA, was a CELTA trainer/assessor and an ICELT chief moderator, working at Bilkent University. Dede has a BA in Psychology and an MA in ELT/Applied Linguistics from Kings College.

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ERHAN AYDIN
İNKAŞ
 

After his education at an international school abroad, Erhan continued and finished his education in Turkey and later became an English Teacher. His professional experience has been diverse: public and private institutions, from kindergarten to college levels, with specialties in exam preparation such as TOEFL, IELTS and CPE. Having been appointed Director of a multi-branch language school group, Erhan was responsible for education programs, management of campus operations, and teacher training, especially in regards to technological tools and its integration into classroom practices. Throughout his career, Erhan has always considered the most important aspect of teaching is a teacher’s ability to communicate and build strong relationships with students.

He now works in the Academic Department at İnkaş as an Academic Consultant. Having been educated and having worked extensively as an educator in Turkey, Erhan has the advantage of understanding teachers and sharing a common point of view about the system and wide array of challenges facing English Language Teaching in Turkey today. Travelling across this country, he provides various academic services and support programs, sharing his previous experiences and educational innovations along the way in the hopes of supporting all educators’ development goals.

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THOMAS SCWARTZ
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

Tom Schwartz is an English instructor, reporter and lecturer in Turkey providing projects, classes and presentations on pedagogy, shared methodologies and reciprocal consultation. He’s lived in Turkey for eight years working with language needs and researching English instruction activities and tasks. He continues to look to the future of language education by exploring cutting edge apps and ground-breaking research projects.

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JEREMY SIMMS
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

Jeremy Simms is from New Zealand and has lived and taught in the UK, Jamaica, and Japan. He currently lives in Istanbul with his family and works in materials and course design at MEF University.

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TYLER SCHARF
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

Tyler Scharf is a language skills coach based in Istanbul. He has mentored students between the ages of 4-64 from all walks of life in Ankara, Moscow, and Istanbul. His areas of specialization include learner skill training, motivation and learner mindsets, goal setting, autonomy, and fostering learner confidence.

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ELENA BOLEL
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
 

Elena Bolel holds a B.A. and M.A. in TEFL and has taken graduate courses in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University, USA. She completed the Cambridge DELTA in 2011. Elena is a winner of several British Council national and international contests. She has been in education for 15 years and taught English to children and adults in Russia, the USA and Turkey. In Turkey Elena has worked in both K-12 and tertiary. In addition to teaching, Mrs Bolel has been delivering talks and workshops at various ELT events as well as teacher training courses. She has also been invited to help the TEFL section of the International Journal of English Language & Translation Studies as an assistant editor. Currently, she works as a Continuing Professional Development & Learning Solutions Manager for Cambridge University Press..

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TINA ARKIN & JANE ÇORBACIOĞLU
ÇEVRE COLLEGE
 

Jane Çorbacıoğlu has been working in the field of English language teaching for more than 15 years, instructing from kindergarten to middle school age. She is well recognised for her ability to make practical and effective use of activities and projects that encourage and reinforce the students’ abilities to improve their learning and awareness skills. She has been working at Çevre since 2015..

Graduated from Psychology and Educational Sciences, having studied Individual Psychology, Tina Arkın has been working in the field of education both abroad and in Turkey for 13 years, instructing from kindergarten to university. She has given several workshops in the subject of psychology at various levels in several prestigious institutions. She has been working at Çevre since 2014.

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TERY LEMANIS
HAMILTON PUBLISHING
 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Tery is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer and has taught English as a foreign language at all levels. Since 2011, he has been working as an ELT consultant and has conducted teacher training seminars all over the world. Tery is an engaging speaker who develops a special rapport with his audience due to his vivacious personality and his ability to draw the link between theory and practice in practical terms that teachers can easily relate to and find easily applicable in their classrooms..

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OĞUZ ORAN
GLOBED
 

After working at an international position in Frankfurt, Oğuz moved back to Turkey and joined the GLOBED team. As part of his role as the Director of Communications, he has been working closely with the engineering and academic divisions of dozens of educational companies from around the world, aiming to bridge the gap between international content developers and the needs of both teachers and students in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Romania.

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TERESA DOĞUELLİ
MACMILLAN
 

Teresa Doğuelli has been a teacher and trainer since 1976- teaching adults, teenagers and children; working with teachers, trainers, inspectors and parents. She is now a full-time teacher trainer with Macmillan Education. She holds a DTEFLA and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. She aspires to be a world changer!

WORKSHOP INFO

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KEN WILSON - MACMILLAN

Title: Reducing fear, increasing confidence - how to reach students who think that learning is an ordeal

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

Some students feel genuine fear in a classroom, especially when the subject is a foreign language, where even to say 'I don't know' or 'I don't understand' can be an ordeal. This problem doesn't reflect the teacher's ability or personality at all. In fact, if you're a nice teacher, it can make it worse because your students don't want to disappoint you. The more we can reduce this fear, the more we can instil classroom confidence. In this talk, we will look at some strategies and activities to help make the classroom experience less threatening.

Venue:

Conference Hall

9.45-11.05

PAUL SELIGSON - UES

Title: Pedagogical time-wasting?

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

Having observed hundreds of classes in 4 continents, I’ve often sat thinking ‘Come on. Get on with it! Is that the best use of class time?’ And, many learners in those classes must have been feeling exactly the same.

In this lively, highly practical session, I’ll list some activities which I feel are often, largely a waste of time and, of course, suggest a host of alternative pedagogical shortcuts, to keep all students busier more of the time.

Venue:

Conference Hall

13.20-14.40

İLHAN ŞEŞEN - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Target level: All

Venue:

Conference Hall

14.55-16.00

SAM WHITTAM - UNLIMITED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (UES)

Title: Countdown: Enhancing your Vocabulary

Target level: Primary/Middle School

Abstract:

Without a good understanding of vocabulary students struggle to speak but vocabulary isn’t just relevant for the classroom. It’s something all of us need to help us to express ourselves and to help us understand the modern world. In this session we’ll be looking at fun, interesting and more importantly memorable activities for the classroom to help our students expand their vocabulary and themselves.

Venue:

11D-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

KERİM BİÇER - DÜNYA EDUCATION

Title: Skilling me softly: Up-skilling and fine-tuning the 21st century learner!

Target level: Primary/Secondary

Abstract:

All the [soft/hard] skills talks aside, we must perhaps question whether we are really helping the 21st century learner in the desired direction and equipping them with the necessary trans-disciplinary vista to last a gruelling professionalism frenzy! In this collectively provocative yet solidarity-fuelled w/shop, we’ll try and address the said issue together walking in learners’ boots and dare we ask each other and ourselves the untold questions

Venue:

10C-1st Floor

11.25-12.05

ALLY KENSINGTON - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Title: 21st century skills through stories

Target level: Primary & Secondary

Abstract:

We live in an age of rapid change. Advances in communication and information technology continue to create new opportunities and challenges for the future. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, today’s young students must develop strong skills in global communication, cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. In this session we will see how we can integrate necessary skills for succeeding in the 21st century by using a story.

Venue:

9A-1st Floor

11.25-12.05

CRISTINA MANEA GÜLTEKİN - DÜNYA EDUCATION

Title: Let’s name the game!

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

This interactive workshop focuses on the use of various interesting games in ELT and also attempts to answer the following questions: ....... What are the teacher’s and the young learner’s roles in the process of playing games? How does playing games influence the language-learning process? By the end of the workshop the participants will be able to understand that language-learning games are an essential part of the language learning process if they are presented and used appropriately.

Venue:

9B-1st Floor

11.25-12.05

HANDE PARLAK - ÇEVRE COLLEGE

Title: Hear “the calling”; fuel your passion for teaching!

Target level: Upper Primary

Abstract:

“Remember me, though I have to say goodbye.” (Hector - Coco)

As teachers we see this profession as a “calling” and we always have that passion while we are teaching. We know that we are life-changing characters in our students’ lives and we do our best to create an impact that is immeasurable in teaching English by being edutainers in our classes.

In this workshop we will talk about how you can integrate music and movies like “Coco” into your English lessons and we will show you how unforgettable and inspiring teachers are fueling their passion for teaching English.

Venue:

12B -2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

STEVE O'FARRELL - PEARSON

Title: Funny that!?

Target level: Middle to Highschool

Abstract:

Can we use humour in our classroom? Is there any actual benefit for our learning outcomes? What different types of humour are there? Let’s look at what happens to the brain when it finds something funny and try to generate ways of adding some laughter to our lessons. More than just a comedy show...

Venue:

11A-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

DEDE WILSON - MACMILLAN

Title: Motivating, having fun and building confidence with pronunciation

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

Good pronunciation is a key motivator for learning, an integral part of communicating. Teaching pronunciation should be practical not theoretical, fun and achievable. Laughter makes it memorable whilst at the same time builds confidence. This workshop aims to provide adaptable pronunciation activities that teachers can integrate into their regular teaching. It aims to highlight the humorous side and link pronunciation not only to speaking but also to its importance in listening and effective language learning.

Venue:

Conference Hall

11.25-12.05

ERHAN AYDIN - İNKAŞ

Title: Open your books! Let’s boost those ideas!

Target level: Primary

Abstract:

Is it one book, one syllabus or one lesson plan you need in your classroom? Or is it just you and your students? I have heard teachers say both, "I have to finish this, it is on my plan!" and "I do it my way whenever I want!" Both are correct yet incorrect. Deciding upon the best procedure, choosing the right activity, including the supportive touch of a teacher, in every activity there are multiple ways to boost our students’ creativity and make learning fun. This workshop is about guiding and activating students, inviting them to innovate, develop their ideas and share them with others through elaboration.

Venue:

10A-1st Floor

11.25-12.05

THOMAS SCWARTZ - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Title: Mind mapping

Target level: Secondary

Abstract:

We’ll explore a way to optimize research, note taking, working memory, memorization and other mental tasks with mind maps. The mind maps method is a meta-cognitive program for “thinking about thinking”, a “brain hack” that can be taught as easily as they can be used. The presentation has a mini-practicim about essay outlines, activities with a random word generator and other CALL activities for an updated, holistic model of language learning.

Venue:

11B-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

JEREMY SIMMS - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Title: Picture This

Target level: Secondary

Abstract:

Grab your smartphone, tablet or laptop preferably, and join me in learning how to act as a guide, continuing to develop a rapport with students, fostering a memorable, meaningful learning experience wherein the skills learned are likely to be retained and used in future work

As educators continually seek tools for learners to express themselves, it’s important that we harness the increasing array of 21st century skills and use them to spark students’ initiative and encourage creativity.

This workshop demonstrates a collaborative, adaptable creative output activity where students produce visual representations of what they’ve learned.

Venue:

10B-1st floor

11.25-12.05

TYLER SCHARF - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Title: Strategies of Success

Target level: Secondary

Abstract:

We all know what it means to be lifelong learners, but do we know how to convey those skills to our students? The process of learning is much more complex than we believe it to be simply because of the dynamic range of thoughts, feelings and impressions going through the learner’s mind at any given time.

From developing critical thinking skills to creating study plans to promoting self-awareness of the learning process, this workshop aims to give a variety of practical activities that can be applied at any level.

Venue:

11C-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

ELENA BOLEL - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Title: Can We Really Motivate Them?

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

Are your students easily distracted or uninterested during the lessons? How do you get their attention and interest those hard-to-reach students? Motivation is the key to student engagement and classroom management, so having these tricks and techniques can help your class go from nap time to fun time.

Venue:

9C-1st Floor

11.25-12.05

TINA ARKIN & JANE ÇORBACIOĞLU - ÇEVRE COLLEGE

Title: The Creative Force

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

“The Creative Force” provides a clear and concise guide for all teachers. In a very practical way we aim to help teachers understand the children’s behaviour.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the “Crucial Cs ”, the construct developed to describe the basic necessities that all students need. The Crucial Cs are the desire to connect to others, the need to feel capable, to know that they count and the need for courage.

The participants will experience through various methods the importance of the 4 Cs in teaching and in all aspects of life. We will offer teachers clear steps, vivid examples and plenty of motivation.

Our focus is to reinforce how to encourage self-esteem and responsibility, approach discipline in a new way, create an enjoyable, effective class environment, tailor the child-teacher relations and most importantly how to teach a different language while applying the Crucial 4 Cs.

Venue:

12C-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

TERY LEMANIS - HAMILTON PUBLISHING

Title: CLIL, Culture & 21st Century Skills in the EFL Classroom

Target level: Primary & Secondary

Abstract:

Educators often warn that children need improved 21st century skills and that if we don’t develop them properly, students won’t be adequately prepared for college and the workforce. But what exactly are 21st century skills? Are we just talking about computer and technology skills? This session begins by taking a look at the key skills as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and their respective aims in the learning process. Next, we will see a short video which presents some stunning facts about the world we currently live in and the unpredictable and ever-changing future that awaits our students. We will then analyze all the set of skills and see some examples of how they can be promoted in our classrooms and then discuss which skills should be given priority in the classroom. We then will move on to defining and discussing the importance of including CLIL and cross-cultural elements in our lessons and see real examples of exercises and activities that promote 21st century skills, CLIL and cultural awareness.

Venue:

12A-2nd Floor

11.25-12.05

OĞUZ ORAN - GLOBED

Title: Why Throw Away Your Highlighters?

Target level: Secondary & High & University

Abstract:

With rapidly increasing competition as well as the intensity of daily distractions, students are challenged more than ever in reaching academic success. Yet we often expect them to intuitively know what works best in terms of studying methods. In this presentation, we take a look at how evidence-based research can help us guide students into improving their study skills for becoming more efficient learners with the use of technology and digital resources.

Venue:

Tech Class- Ground Floor

11.25-12.05

TERESA DOĞUELLİ - MACMILLAN

Title: What if …we could turn learning a language into changing the world? Global Citizenship and Language Learning

Target level: All levels

Abstract:

Integrating Global Citizenship as a competence into our ELT curriculum is but a step away. English teachers can not only alert learners and get them thinking and talking about critical universal issues affecting us all today, but more importantly, get them involved in action to actually do something about these issues using their newly acquired English language and global citizenship skills. This workshop will give teachers a taste of what can be done with all ages.

Venue:

Prep A- 1st Floor

11.25-12.05

Programme

08:30 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:45 Opening Show
09:45 - 11:05Plenary 1- KEN WILSON (MACMILLAN EDUCATION)
11:05 – 11:25Coffee Break
11:25 – 12:05Concurrent Sessions
12:05 – 13:15Lunch
13:15 – 13:20Show Time
13:20 – 14:40Plenary 2 - PAUL SELIGSON (UES)
14:40 - 14:55Coffee Break
14:55 - 16:00 Plenary 3 - İLHAN ŞEŞEN (CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS)
16:00 - 16:15 Raffle

TICKETS

Dear All,

Let the firework begin and the drums start playing because Çevre College is getting ready to celebrate its 15th ELT CONFERENCE on 23rd February 2019. This year’s theme ‘The Ultimate Passion for ELT’ can only be covered by the trend setters in this industry. Çevre College would like to welcome all ELT lovers to come and join us to celebrate our 15th year in ELT with our special guest İLHAN ŞEŞEN at another phenomenal conference and workshops that promise to challenge you and instil new ideas.

Follow us on @CevreElt and @eltcevre with the hashtag #cevreeltfest #cevreelt to learn more about our workshop presenters and plenary speakers.

Çevre ELT Fest is going wild this year – don’t be late in purchasing your tickets at http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/YCJ02/TURKIYE/tr or at Çevre College (cash only).

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