Hey, teacher! What’s your teaching philosophy?
Since the beginning of human existence, novel theories and notions have been put forth to address contemporary issues. Sociologists, psychologists, and philosophers attempt to comprehend and then make sense of these notions in society. It goes without saying that this affects schooling. I emphasize in this plenary speech how crucial it is for educators to comprehend and adjust to new developments. I then concentrate on five issues that teachers ought to ask themselves. Then and only then can we discuss the existence of English teachers who are capable of using modern tools to effectively engage with their pupils in the twenty-first century. I leave the audience with some recommendations on how teachers might push themselves and find their unique teaching philosophies. Hey teacher, what’s your teaching philosophy?
Cem Balçıkanlı works as a professor in the ELT Department of Gazi University. He has been the editor in chief of the Journal of Language Learning and Teaching (http://jltl.com.tr/index.php/) since 2011. His research interests include learner/teacher autonomy, the role of technology in language learning/teaching, and second language teacher education. In addition to the book chapters in the books published by Routledge (Space, place and autonomy in language learning), by Candlin and Mynard (Navigating foreign language learner autonomy) and by Peter Lang AG (Drama and CLIL: A new challenge for the teaching approaches in bilingual education), he is the author of 50 Soruda Dil Öğrenme, Çocuğum İngilizce Öğreniyor (co-written with Prof. Dr. Kemal Sinan Özmen) and Yabancı Dil Perisi.