English Language Teaching

Academic Staff

English Language Teaching

Asst. Prof. Dr. Şükrü NURAL +CV

University of Istanbul, English Language and Literature, 2005.

University of Leeds, TESOL, 2007.

University of Leicester, Applied Linguistics and TESOL, 2014.


Born and bred in Istanbul, Dr. Sukru Nural majored in English Language and Literature at the University of Istanbul and obtained an ELT certificate from the same university in 2005. He earned an MA TESOL from the University of Leeds (2007) and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics & TESOL from the University of Leicester (2014). His doctoral thesis is entitled “EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Teachers’ Cognitions and Practices in Teaching Lexis in Turkish Private Universities”. As a post-doctoral fellow, he liaised with eminent applied linguist Professor Ernesto Macaro at the Centre for Research and Development in English Medium Instruction, Department of Education, the University of Oxford. As Director of Lexisperience Education, Dr. Nural has been providing educational consultancy and academic skills support for international students. To date, he has worked at various educational institutions: Marmara University Nihad Sayar Education Foundation, Kocaeli University, Sabancı University, De Montfort University, Istanbul Medipol University and Galatasaray University, Ayazağa Secondary School, MEF Secondary School and MEF High School (Bahçeşehir Campus).

Research Interests: language teacher cognition, teacher/learner beliefs, instructed second language acquisition, teacher professional development, classroom discourse, second language vocabulary teaching and dictionaries.

E-mail: nurals@mef.edu.tr

Asst. Prof. Dr. Aylin Tekiner Tolu +CV

METU, English Language Teaching, 2002.

METU, Cognitive Science, 2005.

Universtiy of South Florida, Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology, 2010.

Aylin Tekiner Tolu, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language Teaching at MEF University, Turkey. She received her B.A. degree in Foreign Language Teaching and M.S. degree in Cognitive Science at Middle East Technical University. She holds her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. She taught several online courses when she was in the U.S. and researched synchronous communication in online teaching. She has taught several courses at both graduate and undergraduate level mainly focusing on technology, ELT methods, materials development and second language acquisition.
Fifteen years after teaching at an elementary school, within the framework of University within School model, she is teaching English at a 6th grade in a public school this year. As a faculty member at Bahcesehir University, she worked very closely with colleges and gave several teacher training workshops in different cities of Turkey, interned pre-service teachers, mentored in-service teachers and conducted research on university-school partnership and the use of technology with young learners.
Her research interests include online education, digital story, computer-assisted language learning, Community of Inquiry, and teacher education.  

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ceylan Köşker  +CV

Bilkent University
English Language Teaching, 2008.

Bilkent University
English Language Teaching, 2009.

Aberystwyth University
English Language and Literature, 2013.

Aberystwyth University,
English Language and Literature, 2017.

Dr. Ceylan Köşker completed her BA and MA in English Teacher Education at Bilkent University. Subsequently, she worked at several prestigious k12 schools - such as HEV and TED Istanbul - before going to the UK to study English Literature, where she kept teaching English on a part-time basis. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Aberystwyth University in 2017. After completing her studies, she moved back to Turkey and worked as a teaching fellow at Bilkent University for two years. She has been an assistant professor at Istanbul MEF University since September 2019. Her main area of expertise is nineteenth-century women's writing, with a particular emphasis on the liminal nature of female literary identity within the cultural and economic milieu of this period. She is also interested in depictions of education in literature and the use of literature as a tool to help facilitate language acquisition.

E-mail: koskerc@mef.edu.tr

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hatime Çiftçi  +CV

BA : 
English Language Teaching, 2001.

Yeditepe University
English Language Teaching, 2009.

Universtiy of South Florida, Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology, 2015.

Dr.Hatime Çiftçi recieved her BA degree from METU Department of Foreign Language Education (English Language Teaching) and MA degree from Yeditepe University in English Language Teaching program. For her doctoral studies, she lived in the US for a while and pursued a PhD degree with a full scholarship in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology from University of South Florida. Meanwhile, she offered various undergraduate and graduate courses and was given multiple additional scholarships, such as USF College of Education Scholarship Award, Conference Presentation Grant by USF Student Government, MetLife Scholarship, Raymond Urbanek Scholarship, and The Graduate School New Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award. In addition to being studied for the first time in Turkey, her doctoral dissertation examined pragmatic competence and linguistic politeness in office hour discourse between international instructors and their Turkish students at universities. In Turkey, she mostly worked at universities for many years and a state primary school for two years.
Her research areas include pragmatics, discourse analysis, linguistic politeness, intercultural communication, and computer-mediated communication. Regarding these areas, she has published in internationally recognized SSCI/SCI journals and presented in leading international conferences, as well as offering undergraduate and graduate courses. 

E-mail: ciftcih@mef.edu.tr

Jerome C. BUSH +CV 

St. Mary's. College of California, Management, 2004.

California State University, Business Administration, 2007.

California State University, TESOL, 2010.

Yeditepe University, English Language Education, pending.

Jerome Bush is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He holds an MBA in international business and a MA TESOL from California State University. His PhD dissertation topic at Yeditepe University is a corpus and genre analysis of freshman textbooks. He has over fourteen years of experience as a professional educator and has taught in America, Japan, and Turkey. In addition to his work as a teacher, he provides in-service training to the teachers at Işık University. He has also worked as the foreign language coordinator of a private P-12 school in Istanbul, where he directed 32 language teachers. He is a published author and has published in several international journals. He has published on a variety of topics including vocabulary acquisition, grammar learning techniques, teaching methodology, plagiarism, and teacher research. He regularly presents at local and international conferences. His research interests include self-assessment and curriculum development.

Research Assistant Serhat TAN +CV

İstanbul Commerce University, Business Administration, 2012.

Marmara University, English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 2016.


Uludag University, English Language Education, present.

Serhat Tan is Research Assistant of English Language Teaching Department at MEF University. He completed his high school education at TEV İnanç Türkeş Özel Lisesi and Parkway South High School (MO) on a merit based scholarship of Department of State of the USA. He received his B.S. degrees in Business Administration at Istanbul Commerce University and in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics at Marmara University. Under AFS Programs Turkey, he participated in various trainings on intercultural learning as a trainer in Turkey, the USA and Germany. He is a member of school-university partnership team. In this respect, he gives English lessons at Ayazağa Middle School, one of the partnering schools. He continues his masters' degree at Uludag University. 

E-mail: tanse@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 36 11

Dr. Caroline Fell Kurban +CV (Part Time)

University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, Geology, 1996.

University of Aston, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2006.

University of Roehampton, Technology and Learning Design, present.

University of Canterbury Christ Church, Applied Linguistics, 2012.

Dr. Caroline Fell Kurban is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at MEF University. Her teaching career spans 20 years, teaching, training and managing in schools and universities in Turkey, Austria, Japan, Taiwan, Spain and Portugal. She holds a BSc in Geology, MSc in TESOL, PhD in Applied Linguistics and, being a staunch believer in life-long learning, is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Technology and Learning Design. Being one of the drivers of Flipped Learning at MEF University, her role sees her: developing learner training support in Flip for students; providing professional development for instructors developing and teaching Flipped courses; and developing quality assurance parameters to ensure the successful implementation and continuation of Flipped Learning at MEF University. Dr. Fell Kurban heads the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI) research group.

E-mail: kurbanc@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 36 39

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ece Sarıgül +CV (Part Time)

Selçuk University, English Language Teaching, 1989.

Gazi University, English Language Teaching, 1993.

Necmettin Erbakan University, Educational Management, 2017.

Gazi University, English Language Teaching, 1999. 

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ece Sarıgül holds a BA degree in English Language Teaching from Selcuk University. She has an MA degree and a Ph.D degree in English Language Teaching from Gazi University. Also, she holds another MA degree in the field of Educational Management from Necmettin Erbakan University. She has worked in the ELT Department of Faculty of Education Selcuk University and Necmettin Erbakan University over 25 years. She has also worked as the head of ELT department and the vice dean of faculty of education of Selçuk University and as the director of school of foreign languages of Necmettin Erbakan University. Her main teaching and research interests are teacher education, teaching young learners, lexicology, translation studies, using drama in language teaching, material design for language teaching and language teaching methodology.  She has published several articles on various aspects of her research interests and attended several national - international conferences. She is still acting as a referee for several language teaching journals. She has conducted several teacher training courses for the English language teachers of Turkish Ministery of Education and  coordinated several national – international projects . She is passionate about all forms of student, teacher and institutional learning and teaching English. Currently, she is working at the ELT Department of MEF University in İstanbul and also is giving teacher training courses for teachers of English.

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