I was asked to prepare an opening speech for 2016 TELT conference. At first, I was reluctant to do so, but then I wanted to take this risk. English teachers and academicians from all around the world were going to listen to me, and I really wanted to give this a shot. It was an exam week, and I had quite a few time to prepare and practice the speech. I have always trusted my improvisation skills, so I was not nervous. I prepared a speech in less than 2 hours the night before the conference and tried to memorize its key points. After I had given the speech, I was amazed by people’s reactions. Although I had written a full speech, I did not read the paper in my hand, and I improvised the speech based on the key points I have thought of. Thus, many people congratulated me and told me that I was a great speaker. Deniz Kurtoğlu Esen, English Language instructor from Sabancı University, wanted to take a photo with me. I was quite honored. I feel I have achieved my outcome goals because I increased my awareness for public speaking and I undertook new challenges. TELT Website
Opening Speech TELT
Hours Completed: 0.5
The 2nd annual TELT Forum took place at our school. All the volunteer students were ready approximately one hour earlier. Me and my peer, we waited for our guest to come. We learned that she was the head of TED schools in Turkey, Dr. Fatma Ataman. She was one of the most important guests, so we were really excited. While waiting her, I helped the students in the registration. They were quite busy because the place was too crowded. When our guest came, we informed her about the sessions that will take place. She wanted to go to the opening ceremony, so we took her to our school’s conference hall. Each guest had a booklet which had the whole schedule of the day. Round table sessions, debates etc. For this reason, our guest didn’t really want us to help her. I guess she wanted to discover the school alone and didn’t need our assistance. Unexpectedly, not to disturb her we stopped hanging around. During the day, I was really busy. Although, I had abandoned my real duty, I helped lots of people to find their ways. By the end of the day, my feet were numb! I also joined round table sessions and some other discussions that had interesting topics. Most of them were about teaching techniques. As a student, it was really interesting to observe teachers while they were learning. The crew was allowed to participate in the discussions, so I contributed. I asked questions to the speakers and shared my opinions about the related topics. When I joined a roundtable session about the use of technology in classroom, I can say that I used all my ITGS knowledge. The guests and the round table session moderator gave positive reactions to my contributions. They kept asking me questions about the use of technology in our everyday lives. I gave examples from our school, about the smart boards, and suggested some solutions. I supported the idea that technology should only be used if teachers and students are ready to use it. Expressing my ideas in front of people I didn’t know was quite fun. This was also an opportunity for me to speak English. I was also complimented several times for speaking good English and asking sophisticated questions. So, I was sociable the whole TELT Forum! I’m looking forward to the next year’s TELT. It was a great experience for me.
Hours Completed: 10
Next month, our school is organizing an English Language Teaching Conference: T(erakki)ELT. More than a hundred of teachers, educators and onlookers will come to our school and join the conference. Some high school students in our school volunteered to become a part of the crew, including me. Before the TELT Conference, two meetings were held. One of them was in our school library and the other one was in the music amphitheater. Ms. Itil will be responsible from us for the conference. She briefly talked about the conference and the program of the day. Each of us were going to assist a guest teacher. For this reason, we had to be ready for duty the whole day. Since our school is like a labyrinth, the guests are quite likely to get lost. So, we will be there to guide people. Both of the meetings lasted approximately s class hour. To be honest, I understood the aim of the conference quickly in the first meeting, so I think the second meeting was boring and unnecessary. This will be the 2nd TELT Conference in our school, this means that there are students who were in charge last year. I’m not experienced like them, this will be my first time. I will do my best to thoroughly represent my school.
Hours Completed: 1.5