Erdem AKBAŞ holds his PhD from University of York, UK (2014) and now works at the Department of English Language Teaching at Erciyes University, Turkey. He has participated and presented his research extensively at various reputable international conferences, and published articles in national and international journals/books. He has recently co-edited a book on Metadiscourse published by Peter Lang. He is in the editorial team of Lingua, Iberica, ELT, and International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature as a reviewer. His research interests include Discourse Analysis & Language Teaching; Written Discourse Analysis; Teaching Academic Writing; Language Curriculum Design & Evaluation; Contrastive Rhetoric.

Workshop: Developing critical reflection in teacher research writing

As an emerging genre in writing, ‘teacher researcher reflective writing’ requires the ability to put research experiences into words reflectively in order that the writers can produce a communicative and critical piece of writing. Although the major aim of the reflective writing is to transfer what is attained throughout the research activity for both the researcher’s own use and intended audience, the writing process might be more demanding than ever expected owing to the challenging nature of accomplishing the conveyance of reflection. The workshop, therefore, aims to present language teachers with two major focuses: (1) integrating reflective writing moves into their discourse structure and (2) identifying the writing practices and language choices contributing to conveying idiosyncratic perspectives of teacher researchers reflectively. Some reflective writing samples will be introduced and discussed, followed by participant-driven tasks. With these aims in mind, the participants of the workshop will develop awareness as to the rhetorical demands of the critical and reflective teacher research writing.