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Ph.D. on Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Professor at Hasan Kalyoncu University, Faculty of Education, Gaziantep, TURKEY


Keynote Speech Title:

"From Toxic to Empowering Language Use in Education"



As said in The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery “Language is the source of misunderstandings.” Research shows that whenever there is a misunderstanding or communication breakdown, we tend to blame others for getting us wrong, or not listening properly. Actually, what if we were the prime source of these problems? We may be speaking with good intentions but how about the outcomes? Do we get what we intend to? Are we aware of the effects of the language we use in our daily as well as classroom communications? What are the basic mistakes we make in speech communication? Which toxic language patterns do we use? How can we detect these toxic words or sentences and transform them into empowering language?

Toxic language can create toxic thoughts and behaviors (or vice versa) which may eventually lead to toxic environments. In this presentation, we will be questioning how to be more aware of these patterns and how we can use antidotes to be more understanding and empathetic so that we can reach more students, motivate them more and create more peaceful and positive learning environments.



Feyza Doyran is currently an Assoc. Prof. in the department of English Language Teaching at Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey. She received her M.A. in English Language Teaching and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle East Technical University.  She conducted her post-doctoral studies in the department of Educational Psychology at University of Texas in Austin. She has published books and articles on teacher education and training, effects of verbal and non-verbal teacher behaviors, professional morality, cooperative syllabus design and reflective journal writing. She has been offering seminars and in-service / pre-service teacher training sessions on curriculum and instruction, effective teaching, interpersonal relations, effective communication skills, neuro-linguistic programming, non-verbal communication skills, emotional intelligence, learning to learn for twenty years. She also trains IB PYP teachers. She has been the National Representative of ISATT (International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching) for two years.

For more detailed CV, please visit https://elt.hku.edu.tr/akademik-personel/

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