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Following ISTEK ELT From Afar #istekelt

(Photo from, taken by Graham Stanley)

(Photo from, taken by Graham Stanley)

Two weeks left until one of the greatest conferences ever – and you are unable to attend? The ISTEK ELT team has made sure that you can follow the conference from whenever you are in the world and feel a bit as though you are there! How can you do that?

– Download the ISTEK ELT app so that you know which talks are on and when. You can view and download it for free.

– Tune in to the special page on the ISTEK website on April 27-28, where you can watch the conference livestreamed.

– Follow our blog, where you will be getting updates as soon as they come in from all the sessions and events.

– Like and follow our Facebook page, where you will get all the latest updates.

– Follow our Twitter account and the #istekelt hashtag.

We will be happy to have you there, wherever you are in the world!

Vicky Loras, Roving Reporter for ISTEK ELT


Towards ISTEK ELT – A Post by Social Media Team Member, Dinçer Demir

Dinçer Demir

Dinçer Demir

One of the great things about ISTEK ELT is that it will also have a Social Media team! One of the members, Dinçer Demir, has blogged about the event, which will take place on April 27-28 at Yeditepe University, in İstanbul. You can read his post on the blog here.

About Dinçer:

He is a 28-year-old teacher of English at a state school in Turkey.  He graduated from university five years ago and he has been teaching English since then.

He is from Bartın, but lives & works in İstanbul.

He blogs at

Vicky Loras, Roving Reporter for ISTEK ELT

Through Their Eyes: ISTEK ELT 2013



On April 27-28, 2013, all ELT eyes will be on a great conference – ISTEK ELT 2013: Through Their Eyes: Understanding Learner Perceptions of teaching and Learning, at Yeditepe University, Istanbul. Organised by Burcu Akyol and her great team, this is going to be an event not to miss!

There has been a lot of discussion and many talks have been made on the topic of how important professional development for educators is. Around the world, literally thousands of educators are doing whatever is possible for them to get that development, either face to face at conferences, workshops and swapshops, or online, by connecting with teachers worldwide and following online events. This is truly an amazing development in the world of education – how much of it is learner-centered though? This is what ISTEK ELT 2013 will be emphasising upon. If we wish to motivate our students and help them move forward, we need not only develop ourselves professionally and apply everything we learn in the classroom – we also need to step into their shoes and see what their wishes, interests, learning styles and even aspirations are. It is a two-way road – a bridge connecting everyone in the classroom!

6 keynote speakers, 22 concurrent keynote speakers and 46 workshop speakers will be at Yeditepe University to explore all these options and help us all see through the students’ eyes! Click on the link to see all the educators who are coming from all over the world to share with us there.

Can you miss this?

Vicky Loras, Roving Reporter for ISTEK ELT