Meral dedicated her life to achieving excellence in English language education in Turkey and around the world. She valued international interactions immensely, which led to her participation in numerous conferences and exchange programmes.
Meral held a PhD in Educational Sciences, an MSc in TEFL, a BA in TEFL and a BA in Linguistics. Her teacher training experience included pre-service and in-service teacher training not only for university instructors but also for primary and secondary school teachers. Meral ran numerous teacher training courses and has been actively involved in SLTEP (Sabancı University School of Languages Teacher Education Program) for teachers and educational administrators across Turkey. She taught ELT Methodology and Practicum and Certificate of Pedagogic Formation Program. Meral had international teaching and teacher training experience in Poland, Finland, Austria and Portugal. She had a special interest in professional development, teacher education, educational administration and research.
She organized several national and international conferences on EF/SL, in most cases as the chair of the conference. Recent examples:
Chair, Sabanci University School of Languages International Conference: Pathways that Inspire Us, 4-5 May 2018, (welcome video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kbeGT-bYZM)
Chair, Sabanci University School of Languages International Conference: Refresh: The Changing Role of Freshman English, 18-19 September 2014.
Organizing committee member, Sabanci University School of Languages International TEFL Conference: Eclipsing Expectations, 2011.
Organizing committee member, Sabanci University School of Languages International TEFL Conference 2007.
Keynote speaker: Middle East Technical University NCC (2018), Northern Cyprus.
Plenary speaker: TPlus and TESOL Arabia joint event at Bilkent University (2016).
Keynote speaker: International Conference for English Coordinators and Directors of Studies (2006) Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Panelist: INGED-TESOL Greece ETAI BETA ELT Convention (2003), Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Plenary speaker: International Marmara University Conference (2003), Istanbul, Turkey.
Presenter at many conferences including TESOL, AAAL, IATEFL Conferences:
Please see her CV for details.
Contribution to ES/FL and Teacher Education in Turkey:
Founding member of English Language Education Association (INGED, a TESOL affiliate), Turkey 1995 (for more information: https://inged.org.tr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=59)
Examples of teaching other than School of Languages regular curricula:
1. Sabancı University School of Languages Teacher Educator Program (SLTEP) between 2007-2018
2. Baskent University Certificate for English Language Teaching (BUCELT) and American Culture Language and Literature Department between 1997-2002
3. Ministry of Education English Teacher Training Programs between 1996 and 2010
On Gender and Media:
Meral facilitated workshops on Gender in Media at the joint project of Sabanci University, United Nations, and the Ministry of Education Training Program for high school principals, vice-principals and counsellors on Human Rights of Girls and Women 2010-2016. She designed and ran several seminars and workshops on ES/FL teaching for many Intensive English Programs at universities and schools.
You may find her full CV here:
Meral is survived by her husband Cem, her daughters Gözem and İrem, sons-in-law Mustafa and Simon, grandchildren Nar, Mavi and Mira.