Turkey has a very active ELT community and a good representation in the world of ELT or, at least, this is what it seems to be from where I stand. There are numerous ELT conferences in which invaluable ideas and classroom practices are shared. A good number of presenters are invited to speak in international conferences from Turkey. The number of Turkish delegates at IATEFL which is one of the two biggest ELT teacher associations in the world increase each year. Again, IATEFL Glasgow Online was visited most by Turkish teachers. Obviously, there is great motivation, demand and need for quality teaching in TEFL, and luckily there is a good community of ELT practitioners who are willing to share what they know and what have experienced, and there are conference delegates who spare their weekends for professional development and go to these conferences.
I feel that the presence of university level lecturers who work with pre-service teachers in both national and international ELT conferences needs to be more than what it is now. I strongly believe that their presence as speakers and participants in these conferences will give them insights about what really is happening or not happening in English language classrooms.
I hardly ever see an ELT departmental lecturer in conferences as such, so I am asking; where are you? To what conferences do you go instead? Turkish ELT teachers-to-be are initially educated by you, and they desperately need input on what really happens in the EFL classroom and practical information that would be applicable in their classes. We really need you at national and international IATEFL, TESOL and local ELT conferences.
Please come join us to enrich us and get enriched by the experience.
Thank you for your attention.