April 3, 2018
Dear Colleagues,
We cordially invite you to attend the first talk of the Boğaziçi University Corpus
Linguistics Research Group (BUCorLing) Lecture Series for the 2017-2018
Academic Year.
The first speaker of the BUCorLing Lecture Series is Dr. Hatice Çelebi from
Acıbadem University, Academic English Programme.
Date: 3 April 2018
Time: 14:00-15:00
Place: EF 506
Title: Corpus Linguistic Applications from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
The topic of human interaction offers a vast and exciting research area for the field of social
sciences. When examined through the lenses of sociology, psychology or interdisciplinary
perspectives, linguistic reflections may comprise of an important part of the data analysis. The
approaches and methods of how to systematically bring out linguistic reflections from a naturally
used, representative language sample and interpret the reflections to address various research
questions, are of great use and interest to corpus linguistics scholars. In this session, two corpus
linguistic studies will be presented in order to illustrate how a range of research questions could
be examined with corpus linguistic approaches and methods. The first study demonstrates how to
scrutinize a conceptual phrase intergenerational solidarity. The second study is an application of
corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis to investigate discourse of violence against
On behalf of BUCorLing,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Leyla Martı
March 29, 2018
Christopher Sperry
Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp
Ithaca College
under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul
Date: Thursday, 29 March 2018
Time: 14:00-16:00
Place: Natuk Birkan-Ibrahim Bodur Auditorium
How can we teach core English language skills while simultaneously teaching our student to
critically analyse media messages? US media literacy expert, Chris Sperry, will lead participants
through an interactive introduction to media literacy integration into the teaching of English. He
will model the leading of question-based media analysis activities that develop 21st century skills
while addressing core language objectives. Participants will reflect on the purpose, pedagogy and
practice of this engaging way of teaching. We will share free-online resource from _Project Look
Sharp_ for integrating this approach into our curriculum.
Chris Sperry is the director of curriculum and staff development for Project Look Sharp, a media
literacy initiative at Ithaca College. He has taught social studies, English and media studies at a
democratic public alternative school in Ithaca New York since 1979.
Through his work with Project Look Sharp Chris has authored, co-authored and edited more
than a dozen published curriculum kits including Media Construction of... the Middle East, Soviet
History, Global Media Perspectives, Global Warming, and Presidential Campaigns, all available
free online at Chris has collaborated with educators throughout the
world to produce lessons that integrate media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum.
Chris has delivered numerous workshops, trainings and keynote addresses to thousands of
educators on integrating critical thinking and media decoding, youth culture and new media,
constructivist education, moral and democratic education, and alternative assessment. He has
trained educators internationally including in Bhutan, Iran, India and Kenya. His many published
articles include “Seeking Truth in the Social Studies Classroom,” “The Epistemological Equation,”
“Teaching Civic Literacy” and “Integrating Media Literacy into Secondary Science.” Chris is
currently the Guest Editor for the September 2018 special issue of Social Education about “Fake
News” and Media Literacy.
In recognition of his teaching and his pioneering work with Project Look Sharp Chris was
awarded the 2005 Cable Leaders in Learning Award for Media Literacy and the 2008 Award for
Global Understanding from the National Council for the Social Studies. Chris has a B.A. in
planned studies from Ithaca College and an Ed. M. in human development from Harvard University
School of Education.


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