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Workshop 1

“ChatGPT: A Game Changer in English Language Learning and Teaching”

Sedat Akayoğlu is currently working as an associate professor at the Department of Foreign Language Education at Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University. He is working with pre-service EFL teachers, and his expertise includes computer-assisted language learning, computer-mediated communication, intercultural communication, and teacher education. More information on publications and presentations is available on

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Workshop 3

Discovering Your Teaching Self

Dr. Tom Godfrey

Tom is the Director of International Training Institute (ITI) which is a teacher training centre based in Istanbul. He completed an MA TEFL at Reading and Ed.D at Exeter University, UK. Tom has always had a passion for the theatre having directed and acted in many shows while working as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer around the world. These two interests recently aligned as he completed an MA in Applied Theatre at Exeter University focusing on how Applied Theatre can inform Teacher Education. He is founder of Speech Bubbles Theatre Group which performs to raise money to support education and children in Turkey. Additionally, Tom is making a documentary film about the experiences of training to be an ELT teacher.


Workshop 2

"Metaverse / AR / AI, Harnessing the Tools to Future Proof Your Career"

Meltem Huri Baturay is the founding leader of Turkey's only patented international learning organization LEarning & Teaching INnovations Research and Development (LET-IN) R&D and works as a faculty member and the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Atılım University. 


She published many articles in highly reputable international and SSCI indexed journals and worked as a researcher at an action in COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) which was supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. She also participated in TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and Erasmus+ KA2 projects as a researcher. At the moment, she is a researcher in 2 international Ed Tech projects in Bangladesh and in South Africa.


She studies use of innovative technologies like Metaverse, Augmented and Virtual Reality at Education, Distance Education,  technology-assisted language teaching, and Design of Multimedia Enriched Teaching Materials.


Rupert Breheny has made a career out of identifying emerging technologies, exploring them and articulating his learnings from stages around the world and in the boardrooms of technology startups in the fashion and architecture space. As an early practitioner of web design, mobile web, virtual reality, metaverse and generative AI, he has maintained this practice throughout a 15 year Google career with stints working with Street View, Google Earth VR and Vogue magazine. When not reading and thinking about the impact of technology he likes to travel, take photographs and play videogames.

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Workshop 4

Skill-Based Formative Assessment in English at A2 and B1 Levels

Prof. Dr. Turan Paker 

Prof. Dr. Turan Paker was born in Çal-Denizli. He works as a Prof. Dr. in the ELT Department, Faculty of Education, Pamukkale University. He has been in the field of ELT as a teacher in MoNE schools, an instructor in Preparatory Schools, a teacher educator, a researcher in ELT Departments, a Head of ELT Department, a Director of School of Foreign Languages, a board member of the Institute of Educational Sciences, and a member of University Senate of Pamukkale University.  He teaches Approaches and Methods, ELT Methodology, Teaching Language Skills, Assessment and Evaluation in ELT, Intercultural Communication, Material Adaptation and Evaluation, and Curriculum Development in undergraduate, MA and PhD programs. He has published book chapters and articles, and presented papers in International and National Symposiums as well as local, national and international seminars and webinars on TEFL, pre-and in-service teacher education, teaching practicum, and assessment and evaluation in ELT.

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