Telt Conference

TELT Forum
19 March 2016

Supported By EAQUALS

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TELT Forum 2016

“Pursuing Excellence in Foreign Language Education”

On March 19, 2016, Terakki Foundation Schools opens its doors once again to the FLT community with the 2016 TELT Forum, this year titled “Pursuing Excellence in Language Teaching”. As the highlight of the spring conference season in Turkey, this year’s Forum brings together some of the finest minds in the field of FLT for an opportunity to exhibit, explore, and exchange a myriad ideas on topics that truly run the gamut of language education. In order to facilitate the wide variety of topics at this year’s event, TELT 2016 will be track-based, featuring three separate interest-based tracks during the morning session. These tracks will include English Language Teaching (ELT), World Languages (foreign languages other than English), EAQUALS and Leadership. Each track will feature a series of eminent speakers well-known for their wealth of experience and expertise, both in Turkey and abroad. We are especially excited to announce the EAQUALS and Leadership track, which will bring together Turkish EAQUALS member institutions, visiting guest members of EAQUALS leadership, and all other interested guests, for the first time in a conference setting in Turkey. Afternoon at TELT will once again feature our TELT roundtables, sapiential circles and poster sessions, which are back by popular demand. In this forum setting, foreign language education professionals will have an opportunity to put their heads together to exchange ideas for best practice within their common special interest areas. We look forward to hosting you this spring as we work together toward our shared goal of establishing excellence in foreign language education. For further information, please contact the ELT Academic Specialist, Burcu Kayitmaz at

Please see the TELT flyer by clicking on the link.


Terakki History 2
The eminent Turkish businessmen of Salonica founded the Terakki Schools as a private school under the name of "Mekteb-i Terakki" in 1877. The school was governed by a council (encümen) that carried the same principles and structure of the foundation.

These schools provided elementary (iptidai) and mid-level (rüşti) education. The council was also one of the first non-governmental institutions, which prepared a regulation for itself in Salonica. Students and teachers of these schools would be under the supervision of this council and would be inspected twice a week by two members of the council. The goal was to educate entrepreneurial young people in solid moral values, who would have a good command of a foreign language, and be familiar with how the market works.

The Terakki Schools stand out with five key features. First of all since its establishment, The Terakki Schools emphasized foreign language education. Second, in accordance with the economic needs and changing social structure of Salonica, special attention was given to trade and economics courses since the foundation. Third, great sensitivity has been accorded to girls "education with the first two girls" school opened by the Council of the Terakki Schools in 1890. Fourth, the school was governed in a manner that was open to innovation. The council and school administrators gave importance to the teachers and students attending classes related to cultural and sporting activities, which were deemed as part of education. Finally, The Terakki Schools had one of the first pre-school classes, during the Ottoman Empire.

Another important note is that the Terakki Schools were not commercially oriented from the time of establishment until today. The principle that "The Terakki Schools live for charity, as well with charity" has evolved into an educational vision for the Terakki Schools, which is "To be a Terakki student is to be fully prepared for life".



Our Vision

To prepare students for whatever the future may hold and to equip them with the skills to contribute to that unknown world.

Our Mission

The mission of Terakki Foundation Schools is to ensure that its students:

  • care about nature and the environment,

  • respect all cultures and diversities,

  • are aware of their rights as individuals,

  • develop an inquisitive mind,

  • know how to gain access to information

  • are self-confident,

  • are devoted to the principles of Atatürk,secularism and democracy,

  • have ethical values,

  • and to enable them to be individuals who never give up on being life-long learners in order to ensure a peaceful world for all.


To become an institution in social life requires both a historical tradition and being abreast with the requisites of contemporary times. As one of the institutions in Turkey that possesses both these qualities, the Terakki Foundation has been contributing to the education, social and cultural development of the Turkish society since 1877.


The Terakki Foundation believes that a society can only go forward through training cultured, competent and responsive generations of sound body and mind. The objective of the Terakki foundation is to provide all the means necessary in order to train and educate such generations.

To prepare students for whatever the future may hold and to equip them with the skills to contribute to that unknown world.

Since 1877 there has been quite a number of amendments to the Founding Charter of the Terakki Foundation necessitated by social, legal and administrative changes, but the article describing its goals remained the same:

  • To open new schools and develop them in order to spread education,
  • To accommodate as many students as the revenues of the foundation permit with free or discounted tuition,
  • To provide facilities conducive to the mental and physical development of youth,
  • To open student hostels and dormitories,
  • To organize youth camps,
  • To arrange for scientific and cultural gatherings, exhibitions and expeditions,
  • To exchange students and instructors with overseas countries



Plenary Speakers

Richard Rossner
Founder & Chief Executive of EAQUALS


Nick Bilbrough
Robert Hill


Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken
Matthew Benton
Sue Hackett


Deniz Tuna Dalyancı
Antonio Jurado (Español)
Ebru Yener Gökşenli (Español)
Osman Senemoğlu (Français)
Caroline Zimmermann (Français)
Birsen Sayınsoy Özünal (Deutsch)
Hülya Bilen (Deutsch)
Robert Wegener (Deutsch)

Concurrent Sessions


A presenter, as an expert shares information and experiences on a topic.

Dr. Selçuk Can Güven
Esat Uğurlu
Aslıhan Özge Doyum
Bige Yelaldı
Meral Küçükdeveci
Berna Aslan
Elaine Vaccarello
Jennifer Mailley
Steve O’Farrell
Ayşegul Liman Kaban
Yasemin G. Özlü
Özge Karaoğlu ERGEN
Laura Woodward
Fulya Müldür
Yıldız Tok Peker (Français)
Ebru Erişken (Deutsch)
Karen Tecer Cırıl (Español)
Emrah Akkurt
Round Tables

A presenter shares information and experiences on a topic. Participants are then invited to exchange ideas and ask questions to further understanding.

‘A number of persons gathered together for a presentation and some discussion around a theme.’

Nursel Özer
Şebnem Oral
Madeline Rolison
Hayley Erol
Nikolay Nikolov
Gordon Hawley Bryce
Christopher Sheen
Hande Yıldız
Sibel Weeks
Asuman Bozçetin
Tom Godfrey
Beril Ülgen (Français)
Dilek Yürüyen (Deutsch)
Tolga Tunç (Español)
Sapiential Circles

A facilitator guides participants through a discussion led by driving questions. Participants are invited to share their perspectives and experiences.

'A group of very bright individuals that are assembled into a team to solve/puzzle/ponder upon a problem or a theme.’

Donna Hancox
Abdullaah Wayne Goodner
Nicholas Bawcutt
Sinan Altuntaş
Rachael Gibbon
Rebecca Gaus Bozkurt
Goldie Abaee
Kenneth Page
Şeyda Aymutlu
Poster Sessions

A Poster Presentation combines text and graphics to show research / information on a chosen topic. Unlike the fast pace of a verbal presentation, a Poster Presentation allows you to study and restudy the information, and discuss it one on one with the presenter if you choose to do so.

Doris Levis
Armağan Çıtak
İpek Iptes
Hilal Serin
Selin Talar Papazoğlu


  1. 08:30 - 9:00Registration
  2. 09:00 - 10:00Opening Speech & Plenary
  3. 10:20 - 11:00Tracks - Speaker 1
  4. 11:00 - 11:40Tracks - Speaker 2
  5. 11:40 - 11:55Break
  6. 11:55 - 12:30PANELS
  7. 12:30 - 13:30Lunch
  8. 13:30 - 14:15Concurrent Sessions
  9. 14:15 - 14:45Terakki-Walk about tour-Publishers’ Display
  10. 14:45 - 15:30Concurrent Sessions
  11. 15:45 - 16:30Closing Ceremony & Raffle




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TELT 2015

TELT (Terakki Language Teaching) Forum and Career Day hosted 300 guests including Foreign Language Instructors, Specialists and Administrators from and outside Turkey on 21st of February, 2015.

The theme of the conference was ‘The changing roles of the teacher in the 21st century learning environment’ ‘ Blurred Lines between Learning and Teaching’

The first plenary speaker of the conference was Philip Kerr who has been a teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer with over 30 years of experience in ELT and also writer of the well-known coursebooks such as 'Straightforward' and 'Inside Out' and the methodology titles 'Translation and Own-language Activities' (awarded the ESU / Duke of Edinburgh prize) and 'How to Write Vocabulary Presentation and Practice Activities'.

Kerr pointed out that, using software for language teaching creates efficient learning environment for students and applications are useful especially when they are used for differentiated instruction in accordance with each student’s learning pace and level. Also, he mentioned that teachers need to be real professionals to select the best digital tools for their students and make them spend quality time in front of the computers. According to him, teachers play important roles to motivate the students and encourage them to use their full potentials in 21st century learning environment. This can not be done only by integrating technology into school curriculums, teachers should really be aware of how to get the most benefit out of these technological improvements and guide their students accordingly.

Kerr also mentioned a research result on foreign language teaching which was done both in Turkey and Spain. According to this research , after approximately 1000 hours of English instruction in these two countries, students can only reach intermediate level of English when they graduate from high school especially from public high schools. According to him, this is because the English teachers are still spending too much time on grammatical points rather than the communicative activities in foreign language teaching. He said that ‘ Foreign language teachers should definitely choose to use software programs in teaching grammar rather than spending their time in the classroom to teach it’.

Apart from Kerr, the second plenary speaker of the event was the Foreign Languages Coordinator of Sabancı University namely, Deniz Kurtoglu Eken. Eken mentioned the importance of hearing feedback both from students and the collegaues and adopting a growth mindset accordingly.

After more than 20 roundtable and sapiential circles in which all participants had the chance to share their professional thoughts related to the concerns and latest trends in the ELT field, the event lasted with a theatre play acted by David Gibson and Luke Prodromou who have had their own theatre company since 1980.

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Terakki Vakfı Özel Şişli Terakki Okulları Akat Mh. 34335 Beşiktaş/İstanbul Türkiye

For further questions, please contact
Burcu Kayıtmaz
0 212 351 00 60 (281)