Beyza Yilmaz’s Blog
I work as an EFL instructor and educational technology trainer at Özyeğin University and as a teacher trainer for Pilgrims Teacher Training in the UK. I have conducted various online and face to face ICT training courses and co moderated some Electronic Village Online sessions and done workshops and talks in national and international conferences. I hold a BA in TEFL from Istanbul University, and an MA in TEFL with a focus on teacher education and online communities of practice from Middle East Technical University. I have a CELTA degree from Cambridge University and an CERTICT certificate from Trinity College, London. I have been a member of Webheads in Action for nine years and I am an ITDI mentor. Currently I am is doing a PhD in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Educational Technology at Bahçeşehir University.
I have always considered learning as a neverending journey and believed that in order to cope with the increasing amount of information and to keep up to date, we need to look for alternative ways of professional development. Therefore, I look for different options and try to turn the challenges into opportunities both in classroom teaching and professional development. I believe that utilizing the Internet for both of these purposes is extremely important for lifelong learning and equipping learners and teachers with the twenty first century skills sets.I do consider research very important part of this teacher development process. My research interests cover teacher development, multiliteracies, use of Web 2.0 tools in language teaching and professional development, online communities of practice, learner autonomy and mobile learning.