Conference Committee

Burcu Tezcan-Ünal (Chair) has been teaching EFL and training teachers nationally and internationally for many years. She holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University. She worked as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in the USA teaching Language Arts to sophomores in 1995-96. Currently, Burcu is a teacher, trainer, academic coordinator and lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University. She is also a member of IATEFL TTEd SIG (Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group) responsible for events, membership and publicity. She has been organising international ELT conferences since 2008. Burcu shares her ideas and experience mainly on professional development in her blog www.btezcan.edublogs.org 

Sedat Çilingir has been working at Bilgi University for 14 years. He graduated from the department of English Language and Literature at Istanbul University, and completed his master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology at Walden University. He is a teacher and the Learning Technologies Coordinator at Bilgi University.

Melike Küçük graduated from the English Language and Literature Department from Bilkent University in 2003 and got her Master’s degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies in 2005. She worked as an EFL teacher at Yasar University and the Turkish American Association in Izmir for four years. She has a CELTA certificate and she attended a Methodology and Teacher Training course in London in 2009. Melike has been working at Istanbul Bilgi University – English Preparatory School since 2010. She is interested in adapting technology in teaching EFL and she recently got a certificate in Teaching with Technology. She has a blog and shares her ideas on EFL. http://melikekucuk.edublogs.org/

Gamze Şener has been teaching English for seven years. She worked at private high schools and has been at Istanbul Bilgi University for four years. She holds a BA degree in American Culture and Literature. Gamze also holds a TESOL Certificate from Trinity College in Oxford House Barcelona. She attended some ELT courses and holds various certificates in ELT. Gamze has also supervised many international conferences, seminars, fairs, congresses, music festivals, and other events for five years.

Birol Türkmen graduated from the English Language Teaching Program at Çukurova University in 1989. He has worked at private high schools and has been working at Bilgi University for 16 years. He has undertaken many duties in terms of coordinating and facilitating the development and implementation of the curriculum at Istanbul Bilgi University. He attended and participated in numerous national, and international conferences, seminars, and workshops on several aspects of EFL / ESL. Currently, he is teaching English Preparatory Program Courses at the English Language Programs of Istanbul Bilgi University.

Seher Balkaya Bulat graduated from the department of Foreign Language Education from Middle East Technical University in 1997 and got her Master’s degree in Adult Education from Walden Univeristy in April, 2013. She has been working as an instructor of English language for sixteen years, and she has been working at Bilgi University for eleven years. She also worked as a test advisor at Bilgi University. She has attended and participated in numerous seminars, conferences, trainings and workshops on EFL/ELT, and holds certificates for testing trainings and ELT conferences. 

Ebru Davarcı graduated from the Department of Foreign Language Education at Boğaziçi University in 2003. She holds an MA in Adult Education from Boğaziçi University. She started her teaching career at Istanbul Aydın University and worked there for six years.  Ebru has been working for Bilgi University since 2010. Her interest areas are critical issues in education, teaching labor, higher education policy, teaching and learning at higher education and learning technologies.

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