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Faculty of Education

English Language Teaching

English Language Teaching

The mission of our program is to prepare competent English Language Teachers, who continuously follow current trends and sustain interdisciplinary interaction, communication and critical reflection, and meet the needs of 21st century learners. We strongly encourage our students to be committed to the foundations and principles of contemporary educational and professional practices. Aligned with this vision, we prepare our students to be fully equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for the dynamic interaction between education and technology. To this end, we aim to foster their educational growth and promote lifelong learning, so that they can follow day-to-day educational practices and lead their communities for improvement and positive change in national and international platforms.
Our program is designed upon the University within School Model which blends and shapes experiences of educational researchers, pre-service teachers and schools through nuanced understandings of an array of factors. It is based on the values and foundations of contemporary and social constructivist teacher education that focuses on bridging teaching theories and praxis. In this respect, the students are involved in activities in real educational settings in compliance with their curriculum starting from year 1. During their 3rd year, our students begin their intensive practicum experience which lasts until their graduation. In the 3rd year, they attend their practicum schools for 2,5 days a week focusing on teacher and classroom observation, writing reflective reports, assisting their mentor teachers and carrying out several micro and macro teaching events in their classroom. They do portfolio presentations at the end of the term to summarize and reflect on this experience. During their 4th year, our students attend their practicum schools for 3 days a week as co-teachers, beginning from seminar time, where they focus on improving their teaching skills with micro and macro teaching sessions, reflective reports, peer observations, and lesson planning. Student progress is closely observed and evaluated by the supervisor faculty members and mentor teachers in order to provide constructive feedback and ensure student improvement.
Additionally, students are required to take two research methods courses and conduct a research study related to their interests in language teaching during their practicum years and present their research at an academic conference in their final year.
Besides the disciplinary tools of the English Language Teaching field, our program includes field-specific courses such as special education, methods and approaches, literature and language teaching, measurement and assessment, teaching skills, translation, language acquisition, and linguistics. Also, emerging practices in teaching English such as differentiated instruction, task-based language learning and content and language integrated language learning (CLIL) are highly emphasized throughout their education at the faculty. To enable students as social impact contractors, various practices of community service are required parallel to their courses.
By applying the Flipped Learning model in all our courses, we aim to enhance our students’ self-awareness and autonomy in learning and engage them with coursework in various and active ways to achieve higher-order critical thinking skills. In the Flipped Learning model, students study the course content posted on the course LMS prior to the class through course videos, readings and supporting materials and during the in-class time professors guide students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter. 
All in all, in this program, students get a sound theoretical foundation as well as practical skills. This is balanced with community service and intensive internship so that students become compassionate practitioners and experienced teachers by graduation. The program doesn’t only develop teaching skills but empowers the educational leaders of the future.

Graduates of our program have a wide range of career opportunities. While they can work in primary, secondary and high schools, preparatory schools of universities, public and private institutions and vocational schools for adults, they can also choose to work as research assistants in the English and language teaching departments of universities. Additional areas of work are usually offered in fields of translation, public relations, human resources, banking, finance and tourism.
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