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 graduated from Hacettepe University’s English Interpretation and Translation department in 2006. She studied Translation Studies at Hogeschool Gent in Belgium as an Erasmus exchange student in 2005-2006. She received an English Teaching Certificate from Hacettepe University and CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) from Cambridge University in 2003. She completed her MA at Bahçeşehir University, English Language Teaching in 2010. She worked at Bahçeşehir University for five years as an English Instructor and joined İstanbul Şehir University in 2011. Computer and technology-blended English teaching, mobile learning and students’ autonomy are some of the fields Aslı is interested in. Her previous project (with colleague Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış), “Discuss With Us”, was nominated and shortlisted in the local category at the ELTons 2013 Awards.


Damla Okay
received her BA degree in American Culture and Literature from Bilkent University in 2009, where she also obtained her MA degree in Media and Visual Studies in 2011. Before joining Istanbul Şehir University in 2012, she worked at Bilkent University School of English Language as an instructor. While working there, she earned her CELTA (Certificate of English Teaching to Adults) and ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) qualifications.

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 Emrah Akkurt
graduated from 19 Mayıs University English Language Teaching Department in 2000. He continued his study on use of IT in ELT and completed his MA in IT Aided Educational Technologies at İstanbul Aydın University. He has taught English since 2000 in colleges and universities and joined İstanbul Şehir University in 2011. Emrah has taken part in curriculum development, teacher training and research as well as in the organization of many ELT conferences. His Android application (with Mustafa Kırgül), “Pronounce It”, was nominated and longlisted in the digital innovation category at ELTons 2013 Awards.

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Sam Cosgrove
earned his BS in Finance from Miami University in 2009 and his MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas in 2011.  While studying at KU he also earned his TEFL certification. For two years he worked as an academic advisor for 1st 2nd year students at KU and also worked as an English conversation leader for international students.  After graduating he moved to Istanbul and taught English at Fatih Koleji during the 2011-2012 school year and has been working at İstanbul Şehir University since 2012.