Turkey seems to defy easy categorization. It has the feel of Europe, the excitement of other Mediterranean countries, a cuisine that straddles the east and west, and a faith that looks eastward. It is unique in many other ways, which may be why so many Fellows have requested a second year. While news in the last few years may have dampened the west’s enthusiasm for Turkey as a touristic destination, visitors continue to arrive in increased numbers since the events of July 2016, ex-pats thrive professionally and academically, and schools and universities continue to search for new ways to improve ELT in their institutions. While high-level political ties with the U.S. are strained, Turkish hospitality continues to thrive, and Turks on the street are eager to learn what more can be done to improve relations.
Izmir is a vibrant city of nearly 5 million. It has long been considered Turkey’s gateway to the west, primarily via its active port. Long a Levantine city hosting a multitude of Mediterranean cultures, Izmir is known for its relaxed coastal vibe, busy nightlife, and curiosity in the West.
Host Institution: Dokuz Eylul University
Dokuz Eylul University is located in the historic area of Buca, Izmir, about 3 miles from the downtown. It is the Aegean region’s second oldest higher education institution. Well-known for its education faculty of several thousand students, the university graduates over 100 future English instructors every year, most of whom go on to teach in nearby public and private schools. http://www.deu.edu.tr/en/
- The Fellow will primarily be responsible for preparing students to become effective English language instructors. Courses range from direct language instruction in the first year to higher level methodology and linguistics-related courses in the final two years of the students’ four-year program
- The Fellow is also encouraged to take part in any in-service opportunities, as well as play an active role in sharing best practices – through informal discussions, observations and feedback sessions, or workshops – with other instructors.
- The Fellow is also encouraged to ensure that students and teachers alike take part in American English webinars and MOOCs as part of pre- and in-service professional development.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Provide outreach to ELT faculties and university prep programs in and around Izmir. These will consist primarily of presentations to pre-service students that focus on life-long learning and professional development, with an emphasis on resources and programs both inside Turkey as well as through the Office of English Language Programs
- Provide outreach to schools identified by the Ministry of Education for in-service professional development to support either teachers in middle schools that are piloting an English immersion 5th grade year, or teachers in vocational high schools focusing on supporting the tourism industry
- Provide outreach with Access programs to share best practices with area public schools.