About

nalanI am a language teacher with a 20 years of experience in teaching adults, students and children in Turkey and the UK. Currently a teaching assistant helping children with learning English in Liverpool, I also independently research topics related to ESP and EAL.

I started teaching English in a task-focused environment at an iron and steel works in Turkey.  My role was to teach adults with only rudimentary language skills Technical, Business and general English. I organised courses for the staff who worked in industrial company.  I also attended numerous seminars and conferences to exchange ideas in teaching a foreign language.

My later experience in Turkey was as the head of English language Department in a prestigious private school, teaching children from the ages of eight to eighteen.   I organised seminars for colleagues in other schools and prepared teaching materials for ELT branches in conjunction with Oxford University Press.

I present regularly on topics related to CLIL and learning English through task-based approach.  In the last two years I have presented ‘Assessment in CLIL’ in an international conference at the University of Vic in Catalonia and ‘Developing Communicative Competence through Task-based approach’ at the University of Nis in Serbia.

I am quite interested in ESP, CLIL, EAL, Bilingualism and sociolinguistics.

Conferences:
Assessment in CLIL’ presented in International CLIL conference, University of Vic, Spain, 2014
Developing Communicative Competence through Task-based Approach‘ presented in International ESP Conference, University of Nis, Serbia, 2015
I’m a migrant with lots of qualifications but no ESP‘, presented at University of Nis, Serbia, 2017
Assessing communicative competence of undergraduates through presentations, Oxford University, Oxford, 2017
Articles
Is there a specific method for ESP?‘ 2016, The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, vol 4 no 2 pp. 253-260
Book Chapter
Developing Communicative Competence through task-based approach‘ 2017, in N. Stojkovic, M. Tosic and V. Nejkovic (eds) Synergies of English for Specific Purposes and Language Learning Technologies, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Book
‘English for Specific Purposes Instruction and Research: Current Practices, Challenges and Innovations’ (editors: Nalan Kenny, Elvan Eda Isik Tas and Huang Jian) will be published in 2020 by Plgrave Macmillan

Future Projects

working on another ESP book.