The Foreign Languages Department was established as a sub-branch of The Department of Educational Sciences in The Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the year2000 and it was restructured upon the foundation of The Faculty of Education in 2004. In the fall semester of 2012-13, the preparatory program was launched in our department located on the Davutpaşa Campus. The curriculum consists of courses intended for teaching second language acquisition, approaches to teaching a second language, and improving teaching skills in foreign language education. Students have the opportunity to contribute to their own professional development by choosing courses in line with their areas of interest – in addition to the required second foreign language courses (German). Courses taught in the first two years, help students form the basis of how the English language works in general. The purpose of courses taught in the third and fourth year is to provide students with professional skills by taking courses that include evaluation, material design, and teaching English to young learners. Senior students prepare for their prospective teaching positions through implementing what they have covered previously – both theoretically and practically throughout their education. Our students are better prepared for their teaching positions by participating in teaching internships in an actual classroom environment in schools governed by The Ministry of Education,determined by instructors from the faculty.
In our department, there are four assistant professors, four instructors one of whom is an American, and four research assistants. Our instructors and research assistants pursue their graduate degrees (both M.A. and Ph.D.).
Features of the Department
Even though it was recently established, our department has a young, dynamic teaching staff who have been developing quickly in their areas of specialization. Although courses are conducted in a face-to-face setting, faculty members support students by employing educational technologies in line with requirements of the new technological era. This training is provided to students in their free time. In addition,, students are equipped with skills geared toward foreign language education that contributes to their professional development to a large extent. As for the requirements of the Community Service Course – students initiate social responsibility projects in collaboration with non-governmental organizations such as Türkiye Eğitim Gönüllüleri Vakfı, Darülaceze, LÖSEV and they contribute to raise awareness of social responsibility in our society.