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Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton

Lecturer

Nur Hooten

I have been working at Aston since 1994. Until 2005 I was involved with managing, developing, and teaching on a range of programmes that have included the pre-sessional and in-sessional academic English courses for overseas students, language courses for foundation year students, communication skills courses for home students, and IELTS preparatory courses. I have also been teaching on teacher education courses ranging from the Certificate in TEFL course, to the distance learning Advanced Certificate in TEFL and Diploma in Professional TESOL Studies.

Since 2005, I have been teaching the Course and Materials module on the MSc in TESOL programmes. I am the Programme Director of the on-campus MA in TESOL Studies and am responsible for organizing and supervising teaching practice, as well as teaching course design, and supervising dissertations both on-campus and distance learning.

  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Aston University, 2010
    • Thesis title: Post-observation feedback as an instigator of learning and change: Exploring the effect of feedback through student teachers’ self-reports
  • MSc in Teaching English, Aston University, 1992
  • RSA DOTE, Diploma for Overseas of English, UCLES, 1990
  • BA in English Language and Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 1983


Undergraduate Modules

  • LE1090 IEL: Across Time and Space
  • LE2057 Computer-mediated Communication

Postgraduate Modules

  • LEM004 Approaches to Course and Materials Design
  • LEM019 Course and Materials Design


  • MA / MSc dissertation supervision
  • PhD supervision
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2014. 'Implementing action research in the modern language classroom'. In Scottish Languages Review and Digest (SCILT) - LINK

  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2013. "Providing 'the spark' for reflection from a digital platform". In Edge, J. and Mann, S. (eds.) Innovations in pre-servoce education and training for English language teachers. British Council. 

  • Kurtoglu Hooton, N. 2008: 'The Design of Post-Observation Feedbackand Its Impact on Student Teachers'. In Garton, S and Richards, K (eds) Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching. Palgrave http://www.palgrave.com/Products/Title.aspx?PID=280618 
  • Wright, S. and Kurtoglu-Hooton, N2006. ‘Language Maintenance: the case of a Turkish speaking community in Birmingham’. In International Journal of the Sociology of the Language. No. 181 pp 43-56. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2004. Post-observation feedback as an instigator of teacher learning and change (featured article) IATEFL TTEd SIG e-Newsletter July 2004 no 2 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2003. ‘Steps towards gaining a professional teacher identity’. IATEFL Conference selections, Brighton. 
  • Morris-Adams, M. and Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2002. ‘Conversational mentoring in a distance learning context’ IALS Symposium 2002. Edinburgh University. 13-15 October 2002 (CD-ROM). 

Conference Papers

  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2014. 'Confirmatory feedback as a catalyst for student teacher learning and change'. Paper presented as part of the Featured Colloquium on Observation and Feedback. International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Congress. Brisbane, Australia, 10-15 August 2015.
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2014. 'The Reflective and The Reflexive Individual'  New Directions in Reflective Practice Conference. Hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA). Aston University, 14 May 2014.  http://clerablog.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/new-directions-in-reflective-practice-conference-at-aston-university/ 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N.  2012. “Promoting student teacher learning through reflective practice using a digital platform" KOTESOL, Seoul, October 2012 
  • Burns, A..; Riley, G.; Barachina Plo, M.; and Collinge, M. 2011 “Teacher Research in Modern Language Classrooms: Process, Practice and Product”  BAAL LLT SIG. Aston University. July 2011. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2011. Invited Plenary Address “Noticing critical incidents and learning to reflect critically" Eclipsing Expectations. 2nd International Conference on Language Education. Sabanci University. School of Languages.  2-4 June 2011. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N.  2011. “a bit like taking your hands off the handlebars on your bike or something”: when we experiment with learning. Eclipsing Expectations. 2nd International Conference on Language Education.  Sabanci University. School of Languages.  2-4 June 2011. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2011. Invited Plenary Address  "... a bit of a ‘life changer’" Teacher and peer feedback as an instigator of learning and change.  Conference theme: Observation and Feedback: the way forward. May 19th and 20th, 2011. The British University in Dubai.  
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2011. "Leading post-observation sessions". Workshop.  Conference theme: Observation and Feedback: the way forward. 19-20 May 2011. Faculty of Education. The British University in Dubai.  
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N.  2009. ‘Understanding the e-value of e-portfolios’. Paper. 10th METU International ELT Convention: Growth, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 22-23 May, 2009. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2009. ‘Building one's own e-portfolio’. Workshop. 10th METU International ELT Convention: Growth, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 22-23 May, 2009. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2007.’Exploring the realms of post-observation feedback and teacher change’. 41  st  International Annual IATEFL Conference, TTEd Special Interest Group track talk, Aberdeen. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2006. Invited Plenary address. 'Pushing the Boundaries of Feedback' Middle East Technical University, International Convention "Fusion of Theory and Practice" Ankara, 3-5 May 2006. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2006. Workshop as a follow-up to plenary 'Feedback in action: parallels between feedback on teaching practice and feedback on oral presentations' Middle East Technical University, International Convention "Fusion of Theory and Practice" Ankara, 3-5 May 2006. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2005. ‘Post observation feedback and its repercussions on teacher change’ Research Students' 8th Annual Summer Conference: Issues in Educational ResearchCELTE, University of Warwick, 8 June 2005. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2003. ‘Steps towards gaining a professional teacher identity’. 37  th  International Annual IATEFL Conference, Brighton. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2002. ‘In Search of Skilled Supervision’. IATEFL Symposium, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. 
  • Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2002. ‘Making decisions in teacher supervision and post-observation feedback’. 36  th  International Annual IATEFL Conference. TTEd Special Interest Group track talk. 
  • Morris-Adams, M. and Kurtoglu-Hooton, N. 2002 ‘Conversational mentoring in a distance learning context’ IALS Symposium 2002. Edinburgh University. 13-15 October 2002. 
  • Member AMLRF of Aston Modern Languages Research Foundation, Aston University 
  • IATEFL - International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language 
  • Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) Teaching Fellowship : Teaching and Learning Champion in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning (Project title: Enhanced Learning and professional development through an e-portfolio system, 2008-2009). 
  • Click here for some materials that were used with student teachers on the project. 
  • Guest tutor : SLTEP Trainer Training programme - Sabanci University School of Languages, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2010 
  • Guest tutor : SLTEP Trainer Training programme - Sabanci University School of Languages, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2009 
  • External adviser for review and validation of undergraduate English programmes. University of Wolverhampton. 2004 
  • Panel member for Course Approval and Review Panel for Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Coventry University 1998 
  • Enhancing classroom practice in modern foreign language teaching: Action research as a professional tool. The British Academy (2012-14) with Professor Anne Burns, Aston University.
  • Action Research Project ; MFL teaching , 2010-2011, Links into Languages, with Professor Anne Burns, Aston University.

British Council English Language Learning and Teaching Research Partnership Award (ELTRPA) 

I will be working as the Project Chief Investigator with my colleague Anne Burns (Professor Emerita in Language Education) to facilitate a collaborative action research project which will focus on the professional development training of a group of English language teachers in Europe and East Asia who will be sharing local applications of ICT and  and new technologies in language teaching practices. The facilitation of the project will involve the use of virtual learning platforms.


Room: NW 908
Phone: 0121 204 3764
Email: n.hooton@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3766

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research