Profile

Sumru Akcan

Associate Professor
E-Mail: 
sumru.akcan@boun.edu.tr
Office: 
EF 412
Phone: 
+90 212 359 7042
Education: 

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), University of Arizona, U.S.A., 2002.
M.Ed., Literacy (TESL Specialization), University of Cincinnati, U.S.A., 1997
B.A., English Language Teaching, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1993.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae: 

 

 

Research Interests: 

Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methodology

Language Teacher Education 

Distance Education 

Blended-Learning Contexts for Pre-Service and In-Service Language Teachers 

Research Methods in Second/Foreign Language Education 

Material Design and Development 

Bilingual Education 

Publications: 

Illes, E.,& Akcan, S. (2017). Bringing real-life language use into EFL classrooms. ELT Journal, 71(1), 3-12.

Akcan, S., Aydın, B., Karaman, A. C., Seferoğlu, G., Korkmazgil, S., Özbilgin, A., & Selvi, A. F. (2016). Qualities and qualifications of EFL professionals: What do intensive English program administrators think?. TESOL Journal. DOI: 10.1002/tesj.293

Akcan, S. (2016). Novice non-native English teachers’ reflections on their teacher education programmes and their first years of teaching. PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, 18(1), 55-70.

Meşincigiler, S., & Akcan, S. (2015). Native and non-native English teachers: Secondary school students’ preferences for their English teachers. ELT Research Journal, 4(2), 156-170.

Satar, H. M. & Akcan, S. (2014). Pre-service English language teachers’ reflections on the implementation of a blended-learning environment. Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, 5(3), 42-61.

Akcan, S. (July, 2014). Connecting grammar to meaning for children learning English as a foreign language. Young Children, 69(3), 22-27.

Bayyurt, Y. & Akcan, S. (Eds.) (2013). Special Issue on the 5th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. Boğaziçi University Journal of Education, 30/1.

Bayyurt, Y. & Akcan, S. (Eds.) (2013). ELF5: The Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca. Istanbul: Bogazici University Publications (ISBN: 978-975-518-352-7).

Illes, E., Akcan, S., & Feyer, B. (2013). Language awareness of prospective English teachers in Hungary and Turkey. In Bayyurt Y. and Akcan, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (27-33). Istanbul: Bogazici University Publications (ISBN: 978-975-518-352-7).

Vural, B., & Akcan, S. (2012) EFL teachers’ beliefs and practices concerning reading strategy instruction. In Bayyurt, Y. and Çetinkaya, Y. (Eds.), Research perspectives on teaching and learning English in Turkey: Policies and practices (235-250). Hamburg: Peter Lang.

Ergün, Z., Akcan, S., & Bayyurt, Y. (2012). Isolated form-focused instruction and integrated form-focused instruction in primary school foreign language classrooms in Turkey. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 25(2), 157-171.

Yılmaz, S., & Akcan, S. (2012). Implementing the European language portfolio in a Turkish context. ELT Journal, 66(2), 166-174.

Akcan, S. (2011). Analysis of teacher candidates’ learning experiences in an “English Teaching Methods” course. Eğitim ve Bilim (Education and Science), 36 (162), 247-260.

Akcan, S. (2010). Enriching second language instruction for young learners: Teaching practices for primary school children. In Haznedar, B. ve Uysal H. (Haz.), Handbook for Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners in Primary Schools (67-87). Ankara: Anı Yayıncılık.

Akcan, S. (2010). Watching teacher candidates watch themselves: Reflections from a practicum program in Turkey. Profile: Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development, 12(1), 33-45.

Telçeker, H., & Akcan, S. (2010). The effect of oral and written teacher feedback on student revisions in a process-oriented EFL writing class. TESL Reporter, 43(1), 31-49.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2010). An investigation of the nature of feedback given to preservice English teachers during their practice teaching experience. Teacher Development, 14(2), 139-158.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2009). The Perspectives of teachers towards the in-class use of 5th grade English textbook (Türkçesi). 1. Uluslararası Eğitim Araştırmaları Konferansı (1-3 Mayıs 2009), Çanakkale 18 Mart Üniversitesi, Eğitim Araştırmaları Birliği Kongre Kitapçığı, http://oc.eab.org.tr/egtconf/cd.php. Çanakkale 18 Mart Üniversitesi, Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı. Çanakkale. ISBN 978-605-60682-1-8.

Akcan, S. (2009). Second language teaching methods course for pre-service language teachers. In Briony Beaven (Ed.), IATEFL 2008 (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), Exeter Conference Selections, 43-45, IATEFL.

Başyurt-Tüzel, A.E., & Akcan, S. (2009). Raising the language awareness of pre-service English teachers in an EFL context. European Journal of Teacher Education, 32(3), 273-289.

Akcan, S. (2009). Türkçe'nin Yetişkinlere Yabancı Dil Olarak Öğretiminde Kullanılan Yöntem ve Yaklaşımlar. In Yaylı, D. ve Bayyurt, Y. (Haz.), Yabancılara Türkçe Öğretimi: Politika, Yöntem ve Beceriler (s. 209-219). Ankara: Anı Yayıncılık.

Akcan, S. (2005). Supporting Oral Second Language Use: A Learning Experience in a First Grade German Immersion Class. Early Childhood Education Journal, 32(6), 359-364.

Akcan, S. (April, 2005). Effective Instructional Strategies for Oral Second Language Use in German and French First Grade Immersion Classrooms. In M. Lorenze-Saunez, F. Ramallo, and X. P. Rodriguez-Yanez (Eds.), Bilingual Socialization and Bilingual Acquisition: Proceedings from the Second International Symposium on Bilingualism, 441-453. University of Vigo, Galicia-Spain.

Akcan, S. (March, 2005). Puppet Theater Time in a First Grade French Immersion Class. Young Children. Washington: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 60 (2), 38-41.

Akcan, S. (Summer, 2004). Teaching Methodology in a First Grade French Immersion Class. Bilingual Research Journal, 28(2), 267-277.

Akcan, S. (2001). Factors Facilitating Language Interaction in Group Work in a Ninth-Grade Content-Based ESL Class. Document No ED 462 860.

Akcan, S. (February, 2001). Exploring Significance of Teachers’ Action Research. Arizona Language Association Newsletter, Volume XVI, Number 1, 3-4.

Akcan, S., Lee, I., & Jacobs, G. M. (2000). Annotated Bibliography of Works on Second Language Instruction Related to Cooperative Learning Specially or More General to Small Group Activities. Published in IASCE’s (International Association of Studies in Cooperative Education) Web page (http://www.iasce.net)

Akcan, S. (2000). A Course for Pre-Service Language Teachers: Group Dynamics in Language Classrooms. Document No ED 443 29.

Akcan, S. (Fall, 2000). Cooperative Group Work: Suggestions for Teachers. Ohio TESOL Newsletter. Volume XXIV, No. 3, 20-21.

Akcan, S. (Fall, 1999). Book Review. Other People’s Words: The Cycle of Low Literacy by Victoria Purcell-Gates, 1995. Bilingual Research Journal (21), 4, 419-422.

Akcan, S. (February, 1998). Book Review. “Let’s Talk” (1996) by Leo Jones. TESL Electronic Journal. 34 (3).

Talks / Presentations: 

Conference Presentations

Tunç, Z., Akcan, S., & Karagöz-Akar, G. (2017). Boğaziçi Üniversitesi ve MEF Üniversitesi Öğretim Üyelerinin ve Öğretmen Adaylarının Okulda Üniversite Modeli Deneyimi. Eğitimde Gelecek Konferansı, 11-12 Kasım, MEF Üniversitesi, İstanbul.  

Akcan, S., Rakıcıoğlu-Söylemez, A., Karaman, C. Özbilgin, A., & Eröz, B. (2017). Working with Cooperating Teachers throughout the Practicum: EFL Teacher Educators’ Reflections. The 42nd Annual ATEE Conference, Changing Perspectives and Approaches in Contemporary Teaching, 23-25 October, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Satar, H. M., & Akcan, S. (2014). Pre-Service Language Teachers’ Reflections on the Implementation of Online Tools in a Blended-Learning Environment. Paper presented at Second International Instructional Technologies and Teacher Education Symposium, May 20-22, Afyonkarahisar.

Satar, H. M., & Akcan, S. (2014). Social Presence and Participation Patterns of EFL Teacher Trainees in a Blended-Learning Context. Paper presented at the EUROCALL 2014, August 20-23, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Illes, E., & Akcan, S. (2014). Where is ELF in Classroom Communication? Voices from Classroom Contexts in Hungary and Turkey. Paper will be presented at the ELF7 (English as a Lingua Franca) Conference, Sept. 4-6, Athens, Greece.

Akcan, S., Godfrey, T., Gün, B., Phipps, S., & Seferoğlu, G. (2013). Current English Language Teacher Education Practices in Turkey: A Possible Framework. Presentation at tyhe 3rd ELTER Colloquium, June 21, Izmir Economics University, İzmir.

Akcan, S, Satar, H. M., Hauck, M., Warnecke, S. (2013). Conceptualizing Creative Agency and Participatory Literacy: New Approaches to Building and Sustaining Social and Situated Learning Communities. WorldCALL, July 10-13, Glasgow, UK. 

Illes, E., Feyer, B., & Akcan, S. (2012). Language Awareness of Prospective English Teachers in Hungary and Turkey. Paper presentation at the Fifth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, May 24-26, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Akcan, S., & Bayyurt, Y. (2011). Training Pre-service English Language Teachers in an ELL Context. Poster Display at the Fourth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca, May 26-28, Hong Kong.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2009). The Perspectives of Teachers towards the Use of 5th Grade English Textbook. The 1st International Congress of Educational Research. May 1-3, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey.

Akcan, S. (2009). Watching Teachers Watch Themselves: Non-native Pre-service English Teachers' Reflections on Their Teaching Performance during Practicum. 8 Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century: Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, May 28-30, Washington, DC, USA.

Akcan, S. (2008). A Second Language Teaching Methods Course for Pre-Service Language Teachers. 42nd IATEFL Conference, April 8-11, Exeter, UK.

Akcan, S. (2007). Understanding Mentoring: Analyzing Student Teacher and Supervisor Feedback Sessions. 41st IATEFL Conference, Aberdeen, Scotland. Akcan, S. (2007). Attitudes of Turkish Teachers towards the Use of Cooperative Learning in Primary Classrooms. 5th International Conference on ELT in China, Beijing, China.

Akcan, S., & Akyel, A. (2006). Role Expectations of the University Supervisors, Cooperating Teachers, and Student Teachers. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2006). An Investigation of the Nature of Feedback Given to Pre-Service English Teachers during their Practice Teaching Experience. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2006). Advising and Supporting Student Teachers: Perspectives from the Cooperating Teachers and the University Supervisors on the Nature of Feedback Sessions. The 2nd International English Language Teaching Conference, May 2-5, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus.

Akcan, S. (2006). Decision-Making Strategies of Pre-Service Language Teachers: A Case Study. IATEFL TD & TTED SIGS & Başkent University Joint Conference on Extending Development and Training Horizons, May 25-28, Ankara.

Akcan, S. (2006). Preparing Primary Teachers to Use Cooperative Learning: A Case Study. TESOL Macedonia, The Whole Professional: Rethinking Teaching In and Out of the Classroom. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Tatar, S., & Akcan, S. (2006). Analyzing the Feedback Sessions: Views from Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers. TESOL Macedonia, The Whole Professional: Rethinking Teaching In and Out of the Classroom. Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Akcan, S. (June, 2004). Group Dynamics in Language Classrooms: A Course for Pre-Service Language Teachers. Paper presented at the IASCE (International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education). Singapore.

Erktin, E., Kızıltepe, Z., Akcan, S., Güzel, B., & Kartal G., (September, 2004). Okul Deneyimi I-II ve Öğretmenlik Uygulamaları Toplantısı. Panel. Boğaziçi University.

Rand-Bridges, T., & Akcan, S. (April, 2002). Teacher Strategies for Oral and Written Language. Paper presentation at the AZ-TESOL Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Akcan, S. (October, 2002). Effective Instructional Strategies for Oral Second Language Use in German and French First Grade Immersion Classrooms. Poster session presented at the Second University of Vigo International Symposium on Bilingualism: Bilingualism and Education from the Family to the School. Vigo, Spain.

Akcan, S. (2001, March). Effective Instructional Strategies in German, French, and Spanish One-Way Immersion Classrooms. Work-in-progress session presented at the 22nd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gilson, E., Akcan, S., Önder, W. S., Özoğlu, H., & Jaeckel, R. (November, 2001). Classroom Strategies for Teaching Turkish. Roundtable Discussion at the Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA), San Francisco, California.

Akcan, S. (2000, March). Cooperative Learning Course Syllabus for Pre-Service Teachers. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Akcan, S. (1999, September). Teachers’ and Students’ Attitudes toward Working in a Computer-Mediated Collaborative Learning Environment. Paper presented at Arizona Language Association (AZLA) Conference, Peoria, Arizona.

Akcan, S. (1998, March). Factors Facilitating Language Interaction in Group Work. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Seattle, Washington.

Akcan, S., & Pare, J. (1997, March). Cultural Content: Comparing Turkish EFL and U.S. ESL Texts. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Orlando, Florida.

Akcan, S., & Pare, J. (1997, April). A Crosscultural Comparison of Foreign Language Textbooks. Paper presented at the Third International Educational Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Akcan, S. (1997, June). Factors Facilitating Language Interaction in Cooperative Learning Groups in a Ninth-Grade Content-Based ESL Class. Paper presented at the Spring Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Invited Presentations

Akcan, S. (2011). The nature of feedback given to pre-service English teachers during their practice teaching experience. Teacher Education Research in Turkey, 24 May, Bilkent University. 

Akcan, S. (2010). Nitel Araştırma Yöntemleri. Eğitimde ve Psikolojide Ölçme ve Değerlendirme II. Ulusal Kongresi, 5-7 Mayıs, Mersin Üniversitesi.

Akcan, S. (2009, May). Uygulamalı Öğretmenlik Dersine Analitik Bir Bakış. "Yabancı Dil Öğretmenlik Mesleği Özel Alan Yeterlikleri" Panel discussion. Muğla Üniversitesi Sıtkı Koçman Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu, Türkiye.

Akcan, S. (2008, March). Video conference on Collaborative Learning in Online Interactions, Hacettepe University, March 25, BTO-614 “Yeni Teknolojiler ve Öğrenme Kuramları” dersi. Akcan, S. (2008, April). Dual Language Education for Young Learners at Mimar Sinan Koleji, April 26.

Akcan, S. (2006, April). Enriching Second Language Instruction: Cases from a Bilingual Program. International Conference on “Interfaces between Second Language Acquisition Research and Foreign Language Pedagogy”, Bilkent University, Ankara.

Akcan, S., & Tatar, S. (2005). Perspectives from the Teacher Education Program at Boğaziçi University. ELT Seminar. Istanbul Technical University, Jan 10.

Akcan, S. (2002, March). Qualitative data analysis. Qualitative Research Group of the University of Arizona. 9 Bayyurt, Y., Gürel, A., Akcan, S., &, Haznedar, B. (2004, July). How to Get Published. Panel Discussion. USIS Academic Writing Summer Institute. July 12-23, Boğaziçi University.

Akcan, S. (2000, November). Diverse writing students and diverse teachers. (Discussion Leader). National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). November 16-19, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Akcan, S. (1997, April). Factors facilitating language interaction in cooperative learning groups in an ESL class. Education 777 Methods of TESL II. University of Cincannati, Ohio.

Research Projects: 

An Investigation of the Teacher Socialization of the English Teachers during their Initial Years of Teaching (Sumru Akcan), 2017-2020

Implementation of a blended-learning environment for pre-service English teachers in a practicum course. Boğaziçi University (Muge Satar & Sumru Akcan), 2012-2014

An investigation of the nature of feedback given to the pre-service English teachers during their practice teaching experience. (Principal Investigator, Funded by Boğaziçi University Research Fund, 2005 – 2006)

Implementation of cooperative group work techniques in primary classrooms. (Principal Investigator, 2005 – 2006)

Raising the language awareness of pre-service English teachers during the practicum. (Principal Investigator, 2009-2011)

Courses: 

FLED 206: Community Service Practices in Foreign Language Education

FLED 311 Second Language Teaching Methods

FLED 313 Research Methods in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

FLED 306 TEFL: Young Learners

FLED 411 Materials Evaluation and Preparation in TEFL II

FLED 403 School Experience in TEFL II

FLED 412 Practice Teaching in English as a Foreign Language

FLED 416 Seminar on Practice Teaching in EFL

FLED 522 Analysis of Current Methods in English Language Education

FLED 524 Approaches to Teaching Language Skills

FLED 604 Pedagogical Issues in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

FLED 631: Teacher Cognition in Second Language Education

FLED 634 Qualitative Research in Second Language Education