Please vote for a Fall Happy Hour meet-up date

Hi there Istanbul IN! We haven’t yet had a Fall Happy Hour to welcome everyone back from Summer. I would like to know which of these dates would be best for you. Location will most likely be Shine Cafe in Kadikoy – the same as last year. Please let us know!

Weds. Nov. 30th, Fri. Dec. 2nd, Mon. Dec. 5th

You can join our Istanbul Instructors Network Facebook group to vote, or comment here.


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Friday September 26th! Istanbul IN happy hour for the start of 2014-2015

We’re meeting to kick off the new 2014-2015 school year and to see some old friends and meet new people. Hope everyone can come by!

We have a great new location with great beer, drinks and an awesome view. Come to the 2nd floor and there will be an area set aside near the bar for the Istanbul IN crew.

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Shine Beer Cafe Kadikoy
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Istanbul IN June Networking Event in Kadikoy! Wednesday, June 18th

Please come and join us in our kick-off for the Summer season! This is a basic networking event open to all people working in Education in Istanbul. Please feel free to come and expand your community of practice, make some new friends and enjoy a fun location.

When: Wednesday, June 18th, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Karga bar – Bar street, Kadikoy, Istanbul (

Who: Individuals working in the education sector in Turkey



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“How to Update and Globalize Your Personal Learning Network via Twitter” rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd

The March meeting was canceled due to protests in Taksim, but we have rescheduled for April 22nd! Please come join us to hear Karen Van Drie speak about how to become a more connected educator via Twitter! See previous event details below for information.

Please note: This event will be held in the Meeting Room of Taxim Hill Hotel – the toplanti odasi.


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Meeting for March 11th rescheduled due to protests!

The meeting scheduled for tonight in Taksim has been rescheduled due to protests for Berkin Elvan. Please check back for more details soon. Best, Istanbul IN Team

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March Istanbul IN Meeting: “How to Update and Globalize Your Personal Learning Network via Twitter”

Karen Van Drie, our March speaker and Istanbul IN member, is a teacher, librarian and 21st century information expert.

Karen’s blog, “Empty Nest Expat” has been lauded as one of the best expat blogs published. Her twitter stream at @emptynestexpat was featured in America’s largest newspaper, “The Wall Street Journal.” The London Telegraph also chose to feature her @emptynestexpat twitter stream in a list of expert expats – she was the only Yank featured!

Please Note: The price for the event is FREE, as our speakers graciously donate their time! But in order to use this awesome space and awesome view, the restaurant has asked for a 15 TL minimum for each person. There will be bottomless tea and coffee and cookies for 15 TL, or a 15 TL minimum on food, drinks (beer and wine available), etc.

Time and location: Tuesday, March 11th, 18:30-20:30/ Taxim Hill Hotel ( Meeting Room Space (Toplanti Odasi)

No reservation is needed, although most guests do respond via the Facebook invite.

Session Description:

This workshop is for you if you want to know everything necessary to excel at Twitter and become a “connected educator” in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes (with a break).

This workshop is for you if you don’t know what a personal learning network is and suspect you might need one.

This workshop is for you if you are still relying on professional learning you did before you left your home country.

This workshop is for you if you don’t know how to globalize and update your learning to include new sources you may not have encountered at home.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014 Join Istanbul IN to learn about X-Word Grammar!

This Thursday, the Istanbul Instructors’ Network will be having a free educational session about how to teach grammar. Our very own Brooks Emerson will be speaking about the use of the “X-word Grammar” technique – see details below. 

January 9th session, Brooks Emerson, MA TESOL

Location: Viktor Levi Sarap Evi, Moda, Istanbul

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


X-word Grammar came out of Sector Analysis, the work of the late Dr. Robert L. Allen, Teachers College, Columbia University. Some of Dr. Allen’s graduate students, most notably the late Dr. Linda Kunz, applied sector analysis to the classroom teaching of English and the term X-word Grammar was coined. The X in X-word Grammar stands for our elegant auXiliary verbs that help make the English verb system so simple and, yes, regular.

X-word Grammar stresses the word order of English, the regularity, and relative simplicity of its syntax. It helps students discover what a “sentence” really is. It gives students a framework with which to create well-ordered sentences that express their thoughts.

For historical reasons, most grammar books have tried to use rules and terms appropriate for Latin grammar to teach English. Bill Bryson, in The Mother Tongue, writes, “English grammar is so complex and confusing for the one very simple reason that its rules and terminology are based on Latin—a language with which it has precious little in common…Making English conform to Latin rules is like asking people to play baseball using the rules of football. It is a patent absurdity.”

Most books still try to fit a square peg into a round hole by forcing English, a lightly inflected, word- order based Germanic language, to conform to the rules of Latin.

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Wednesday, November 13th Istanbul IN Meeting: Turkish HR Law

This meeting will bring together a panel of experienced Turkish Lawyers to answer legal questions and give an overview of HR Law in Turkey, as it relates to you.

Location: Taxim Hill Hotel – Hill Terrace Restaurant (top floor), Taksim Square.

Lawyers included in the panel (please see below for full bios):

Sinan Naipoğlu, LL.M., Managing Partner – BSS PLUS, Business Support Services, Naipoglu Law Firm and Lecturer – Istanbul University, Yeditepe University

Burçin Barlas, L.L.M. Partner – Barlas Uyar Eraslan Law Firm (BUE)

Burcu Çalışkan, LL.M. Senior Associate – Aksan Law Firm

Time: 6-8:30pm


Sinan Naipoğlu, LL.M., Managing Partner – BSS PLUS, Business Support Services, Naipoglu Law Firm and Lecturer – Istanbul University, Yeditepe University

Sinan Naipoglu graduated from Istanbul University, Law Faculty and completed his masters (LL.M.) at the University of Westminster-London, specializing in International Commercial Law.

In addition to his work as managing partner at BSS PLUS and the Naipoglu Law Firm, he is a lecturer for “Basic Concepts of Law” and “Business Law” courses at Istanbul University, Business Administration Faculty and “Legal Terminology-English” at Yeditepe University, Law Faculty.  He has been the chair for the “European Union Law and European Human Rights Law” at the Istanbul Bar Association Trainee Lawyer Center since 2003.

Concurrent to his other work, he is a doctoral candidate, completing his doctoral thesis on the topic “Comparison of EU and Turkish Laws on Competition Law and Corporate Governance in Establishing a Functioning Market Economy in Turkey” at the University of Westminster-London.

Areas of Expertise: Corporate and Commercial Law, Competition Law, Real Estate Law, European Union Law, Labour Law, Intellectual Property Law, Immigration Law, Human Rights Law, Media Law and Sports Law

Burçin Barlas, L.L.M. Partner – Barlas Uyar Eraslan Law Firm (BUE).

Burcin Barlas graduated from Marmara University, Law Faculty and completed his masters (LL.M) at Stockholm University, specializing in European Union Law.

Prior to incorporating BUE, he worked on many due diligence projects, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and international structuring projects in a variety of sectors, including energy, health, finance, construction, insurance and real estate. Burçin assists his clients with the establishment of all types of business entities, limited liability companies, Joint Stock Companies and REICs (Real Estate Investment Companies).

He has extensive experience handling all aspects of corporate liquidations, insolvencies, restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as protecting his clients’ rights with debt recovery and other remedies when faced with insolvency.

Burçin’s articles have been published by the Oxford University Press and the World Report of the World Bank, as well as reputable legal web sites, such as He also organizes lectures for corporations regarding amendments to the new Turkish Commercial Code, promulgated in July 2012.

Besides his membership to the Istanbul Bar association, Burçin is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry and American Chamber of Commerce and is listed in the local legal reference source of the Australian Consulate in Turkey.

Before he started BUE, Burçin worked as a Consultant Lawyer at the legal department of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Areas of expertise: Commercial and Corporate Law, Labor Law, Foreign Investment Law, Contracts and Real Estate.

Burcu Çalışkan, LL.M. Senior Associate – Aksan Law Firm

Burcu Çalışkan graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, School of Law and completed her masters degree (LL.M.) at the University of London, Queen Mary College, specializing in International Commercial Law.

She has comprehensive experience in legal consultancy and has assisted clients active in a variety of sectors such as energy, mining, pharmacy, logistics and production, in relation to their international contracts and International Commercial Law matters, Corporate and Company Law issues as well as Employment, Social Security Law and Work Place Health and Safety Regulations. She has taken part in due diligence examinations and M&A projects. Besides consultancy services, she also provides dispute resolution and litigation services.

She is a qualified lawyer registered to Istanbul Bar. She has given speeches in international seminars.

Areas of expertise: Turkish Employment Law, International Commercial Law, Turkish Commercial and Corporate Law, Social Security and Work Place Health, Litigation and Safety Law


Sıraselviler Cad. No:9, 63387 Istanbul, Turkey
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Next Thursday, 9/12 – Istanbul IN meets for the September school start

Our very own Magi Ridley will be helping us understand the in’s and out’s of the IELTS English Language exam, which is so popular in Turkey.

Magi is an experienced IELTS instructor and teacher trainer, as well as a freelance presenter for Oxford University Press and the British Council IELTS exam team. She has been in Turkey 17 years and has worked for a variety of institutions. She is currently Education Director and ELTS coordinator for a local language school.

Exam Format
Timing and Strategies for each module
Active participation from guests (module to be decided)
Do’s and Don’ts

Time: 6 pm

Location: Viktor Levi Sarap Evi, Kadikoy –

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June 1st event postponed due to events for Gezi Park Istanbul

The June 1st IELTS event has been postponed due to the events around Occupy Gezi Park and subsequent warnings and public transport closures. This event will be rescheduled for some time in July. Stay safe and stay strong! Istanbul IN Team

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