2014 in review!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

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IATEFl Harrogate 2014 – Chain reaction, Paula Lyra & Mustafa Polat

EFL Notes

Adam Simpson started the Chain reaction blog challenge as a way of marking this year’s IATEFL conference at Harrogate. See his first post here with Lizzie Pinard who tagged me in the reaction here. As all of the people I know from social media were already tagged it gave me the opportunity to get to know some new (to me) bloggers. Paula Lyra and Mustafa Polat kindly agreed. Thanks guys.

Paula Lyra is based in Brasil and blogs here.

1. Please introduce yourself.
I am 58 years old and I have been teaching English at International schools, Language Courses and now I only tutor students at home. That´s why I have the blog- to help people develop their language skills and enjoy in their studies.

2. What areas of the conference are you interested in?
This is going to be the first time that I take part in…

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My name is Mustafa Polat, and I am currently studying at Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) PhD program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

I graduated with the highest rank (summa cum laude) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey at the department of Foreign Language Education. Meanwhile, I started a minor diploma program at the department of Business Administration and completed it on ‘General Management’, which later shaped my MA thesis. Later on, I completed my MA at the same university in 2009 and wrote my thesis on “Conflict Management and Effective Communication Skills in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language”. I studied the attitude and opinions of EFL learners in Turkey in terms of the integration of above-mentioned topics into EFL curriculum. I have presented my studies at various conferences so far. In the same year when I had my MA, I started a PhD program at Istanbul University took the comps exam; however, I decided to pursue my career in the USA and was awarded Fulbright Scholarship and came to the University of Arizona, where I am majoring in pedagogy and program administation and minoring in technology.

As for my teaching experience, I taught English for 6 years at various foundation universities in Turkey starting at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, then at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and finally at Ozyegin University in Istanbul. I taught various pre-faculty courses in writing and other skills.

Now, I have started this blog site to share my experience with my colleages and the ones interested about teaching, technology, Fulbright&Tucson-USA, Turkey and Apple products, especially iPhone as my personal interests.

I was born in Yozgat, Turkey and I lived for many years in Ankara and Istanbul. I am married to Özge Seçkin Polat with a lovely daughter whose name is İdil Öge Polat, about whom I will be posting, too!