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Tijen Akşit holds a PhD in Educational Sciences, and an MA and a BSc in English Language Teaching. She has been affiliated with Bilkent University for more than thirty years. She started her career working as an English language instructor for 6 years at the English language preparatory program. Before holding various administrative positions at Bilkent, she was also employed as a full-time teacher, and as a Director of Language Studies at a K-12 school in Ankara for a year. Over the years she has taught tertiary level general English, and English for Academic and Specific purposes classes to undergraduate, and teacher education courses to graduate students. She has been teaching at Graduate School of Education since 2003. She is also Director of School of English Language and its Faculty Academic English Program. Dr. Aksit has been heavily involved in the design of quality assurance systems for tertiary level English language preparatory programs in Turkish universities working with Higher Education Quality Council Turkey. She is an Advisory Board Member of Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Language Education. She is the author of the book titled Characteristics of Effective Schools and the Co-editor of Bridging Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom and The Future of Teaching English for Academic Purposes. Aksit has also published on teacher appraisal systems, teacher action research, teaching English for academic purposes and English-medium instruction. Her research interests include Teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English Medium instruction (EMI), Language teacher development, Quality assurance in English language teaching / education, Teacher leadership, Teaching English / Turkish as a foreign language.

PhD in Educational Science (2006)  METU (Middle East Technical University) , Turkey

MA in English Language Teaching (1996) METU (Middle East Technical University), Turkey

BSc in Foreign Language Education (with/ Qualified Teacher Status) (1989) METU (Middle East Technical University), Turkey

Research Interests:
EAP, EMI, English Language Teacher Education and Development, Quality Assurance

Selected Publications and Presentations:
Aksit, T. and Kahvecioğlu, S. (forthcoming). Stakeholders perspective on the use of English as a medium of instruction in Turkish universities. In Y. Kirkgöz, and A. Karakaş (Eds.) English Medium Instruction in Turkey. (Chapter 5). Springer.

Aksit, T. & Aksit, N. (2021) . Pedagogical approaches in EGAP Coupled with CBI in an EMI Context. In C. MacDiarmid, & J.J. MacDonald (2021). Pedagogies in English for academic purposes: Teaching and learning in international contexts. Bloomsbury.

Heron, M., Dippold, D., Hosein, A., Sullivan, A. K. , Aksit, T., Aksit, N., Doubleday, J. & McKeown, K. (2021). Talking about talk: Tutor and student expectations of oracy skills in higher education. Language and Education. 

Dippold, D., Heron, M., Aksit, T., Aksit, N, Doubleday, J., and McKeown, K. (2020). Oral Skills Development in Pre-sessional EAP Classes and Student Transition to Academic Disciplines: An Investigation in Anglophone and Non-Anglophone EMI settings. 31 pp., London, UK: British Council. (Teaching English ELT Research Papers).

Aksit, T. and Mengu, H. (Eds) (2020) The Future of Teaching English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.