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I have trained as a language teacher in Turkey and have worked in Turkey for ten years before taking on a PhD at the University of Leeds in the area of Language Teacher Education and Development. For my doctoral research I explored the experiences of teachers who transitioned from teaching young adults and adults to teaching young learners following a change in the education system in Turkey where English was integrated into the primary curriculum. After completing my PhD, I took on various research projects and teaching at the University of Manchester.

Currently, I am the Programme Director for the MA TESOL programme and I teach on the BSc Education programme. I am interested in areas such as Bilingualism/Multilingualism, Language Teacher Education, Teaching langauges to Young Learners, and Developing Researcher Skills.

Research interests

My main interests lie in Language Teacher Education and Development, Bilingualism/Multilingualism, and Developing Researcher Skills.

I have been involved in the following research projects:

2007-2009  Together with Diane Slaouti and Gary Motteram, I worked on a project for the University of Cambridge looking into adult language teachers' uses of technology in different parts of the world.

2009-2010  I worked as a research Associate on the AVALON project  which explored the use of Second Life for language learning and language teacher education.

2010-2014  I worked as a Research Associate in the Euroversity networking project.

2014-2015 I am currently working as a Co-Investigator on the ReflectED project funded by  EEF exploring the uses of meta-cognition training in primary classrooms.


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