English Language Teaching

Academic Staff

English Language Teaching

Full-Time Faculty Members
Assoc. Prof. Hatime Çiftçi (Head of Department) +CV

English Language Teaching, 2001.

Yeditepe University
English Language Teaching, 2009.

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

Dr.Hatime Çiftçi received 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

Asst. Prof. 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. 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. Derya Altınmakas+CV

Derya Altınmakas
İstanbul University, English Language Teaching, 2002

The University of Warwick, British Cultural Studies and English Language Teaching, 2005.

Boğaziçi University, English Language Education, 2015.

Derya Altınmakas received her BA degree from Istanbul University, Hasan Ali Yücel Faculty of Education, Department of English Language Teaching in 2002, and upon graduation she worked as a foreign language teacher at a K-12 private school for two years. She received her MA degree from the University of Warwick, joint programme of British Cultural Studies and English Language Teaching. In 2005, she started working at Istanbul Kültür University, the Department of English Language and Literature as a lecturer and taught various undergraduate courses. In 2008, she started her doctoral studies in the Department of Foreign Language Education at Boğaziçi University. During her doctoral studies, she also studied at the Institute of Education, UCL for seven months. She received her PhD degree in 2015 and continued working in the same department as an assistant professor teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses along with fulfilling administrative duties in the Faculty of Science and Letters. Her primary research areas include academic discourse socialization, academic writing, foreign/second language writing, English as a Lingua Franca, qualitative research design and teacher education. To date, she has published in internationally recognized journals and presented in leading international conferences.
Email: altinmakasd@mef.edu.tr

Res. Assist. Selman Ecevit

Marmara University, English Language Teaching, 2021.

Boğaziçi University, English Language Education, (ongoing).

In 2021, Selman Ecevit has completed his BA in English Language Teaching at Marmara University. Same year he was accepted to the MA program in English Language Education at Boğaziçi University. Currently, he is a research assistant at the Department of English Language Teaching in MEF University.

E-mail: ecevits@mef.edu.tr

Part- Time Faculty Members
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. 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.

Dr. Kadir Karakaya (Part Time)
Affiliation:  Iowa State University
Dr. Hasan Selçuk (Part-Time)
Affiliation: University of Latvia
Dr. Gökmen Gezer (Part-Time)
Affiliation: Galatasaray University
Dr. Murat Sayım (Part-Time)
Affiliation: Doğuş University
Lecturer Banu Aldemir (Part-Time)
Affiliation: Hisar Schools
Lecturer Tuğçe Temir (Part-Time)
Affiliation: University of Turkish Aeronautical Association
Lecturer İrem Filiz (Part-Time)
Affiliation: Kültür University
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