Plenary by Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken

This plenary talk looks at perceptions on effectiveness and teacher motivation.

About the session

The ELT weather forecast: perceptions on effectiveness and teacher motivation

Welcome to the ELT weather channel ... 

What's the weather like in ELT today? What atmospheric patterns can we observe in our perceptions on effectiveness in different areas in our energy field: in methodology, research, curriculum, assessment, technology, learner development, teacher training and development, management, and professional networking? What low and high pressures exist in our professional contexts?

What about teacher motivation? We know our well-being matters, that it affects all aspects of our lives, and that our health, energy, happiness and inner peace are prerequisites for greater effectiveness in our professional work. So how are we doing on the motivational front in our work places?

Based on a qualitative research study on our own perceptions of effectiveness and motivation in a variety of ELT contexts across the world, we will explore a range of factors that appear to influence how we perceive effectiveness in different areas and discuss patterns that seem to emerge with respect to our understanding and expectations of teacher motivation.

Join us in the ELT Weather Report and in our exploration on what the forecast seems to call for in the near future.

Stay tuned for the full report! Now back to the newsroom!

About the speaker

Deniz Kurtoglu Eken (PhD) works at Sabanci University, School of Languages where she also worked as the director of the school for 10 years until September 2012. Over the years, she has been involved in teaching, curriculum development, qualitative research studies, teacher and trainer training and development, including formal training courses with UCLES, the British Council in Turkey and in the UK, the U.S. Embassy, the Turkish Ministry of Education and with different schools and universities in Turkey. Deniz has designed and directed formal trainer training courses at private Turkish universities and provided consultancy to many institutions on a wide range of topics. She has publications in teaching methodology, qualitative research, teacher and trainer training and development, school effectiveness and development which are also her main areas of interest. Her biggest interest and challenge remains to be an in-depth exploration into individual growth through personal and professional development. For more information, please visit her website at:

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