In the lead up to the ISTEK Schools 3rd International ELT Conference, we’ll be introducing some of the presenters on the blog. Next up are the Yeditepe ELT students…
Could you tell us a bit about yourselves?
We are Eda Demirci, Merve Karaca, Ezgi Özel and Seçil Uygungil. We are all ELT students except Seçil. She is studying translation and interpreting. In addition, we are all student tutors at Yeditepe University Writing Center. We could say that teaching has always been one of our biggest dreams. We hope to develop our teaching practices and perceptions by attending conferences which we see as opportunities to meet experienced ELT personalities and share ideas with them.
As students of ELT, we have many concerns and questions in our minds and we thought this is a great way to look for answers. In our presentation, we have four ‘mirrors’ who will answer our questions and enlighten us.
Why are you interested in the area you’ll be presenting on?
Because we would like to be good teachers. We will graduate soon and we do not want to have countless questions in our minds when we graduate. We think that this presentation will give us the opportunity to meet many ELT professionals and find answers to our many questions.
What should your audience expect to learn?
Students like us, who share similar concerns, may find answers to their own questions. And teachers or other ELT practitioners may relate these concerns to their own experience, share their own solutions and answers with us, which we would strongly appreciate.
What are three words that sum up your session?
Curiosity, sharing, experience
Which other presenter(s) are you looking forward to seeing?
We feel lucky because even though there are many presenters we would love to meet, four of these big names, Ken Wilson, Luke Meddings, Teresa Doğuelli and Jamie Keddie, will be with us to answer our questions. This will be a great experience for us and we are already very excited about it.
What other aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?
We are hoping to meet as many ELT people as possible, share ideas, attend keynote sessions and workshops. We are also very excited about the open mic night and other social events.