KOLT Conversation Circles aim to improve speaking and comprehension skills of students in the undergraduate program and the English Language College.

KOLT Language Circles provide an ideal opportunity for students to practice daily, idiomatic English or other languages in a relaxed, friendly environment. KOLT offers a variety of circle types, serving students across the university community.

KOLT offers English Conversation Circles and English Reading & Writing Circles at the Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. All students are welcome at circles, including graduate students.

Conversation Circles in German is also held once per week. Turkish circles are held twice per week.

All circles are limited to 6 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are required to sign up each week for their preferred time slot.

Our aims:

  • To improve students’ speaking and comprehension skills
  • To help students practice conversational English and other languages in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • To facilitate contacts between students from different majors and help new students build a social network
  • To develop students’ confidence when speaking, reading, and writing
  • To decrease students’ anxiety about speaking English and other languages in social situations

Writing and Reading Circles

KOLT offers English Reading & Writing Circles at the Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Foundation circles are designed for students who have studied English for less than two years (in either high school or university courses). Intermediate circles are designed for students with two to four years of English study. Advanced circles are designed for students who have been studying English more than four years.

The aim of reading and writing circles is to familiarize students with:

  • academic and non-academic materials
  • the overall structure of a reading passage
  • different reading question types as they appear on the English Language Test (KUEPE)
  • the correct use of grammar and vocabulary
  • writing correct sentences in English
  • paraphrasing
  • organizing good paragraphs and essays

Up-to-Date CC Schedule

Fall 2021 Update:

KOLT is pleased to continue to offer both online and face-to-face Conversation Circles for Fall 2021. Sessions before 17:00 will be in-person. Sessions after 17:00 will be conducted online. All circles are limited to 6 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are required to sign up each week for their preferred time slot.

  • Online circles will be held via Google Meets video chat. There is a no-drop-in policy during this period. Students MUST sign up via the following link each week for both online sessions they wish to attend: https://forms.gle/H2q7UY53KE32f7ey8
  • Face-to-face sessions will be held at KOLT. Students MUST sign up by filling out sign-up form.

New dates will be available on this form every week on Friday afternoons. Beginning every Friday at 16:00, students may register for circles for the following week.

For the online sessions, registered participants will receive an invitation link to the chat 15 minutes before the session starts.

Face-to-face sessions will be held at KOLT Z06B. Please visit KOLT to participate in face-to-face sessions.

How to Attend the Circles

Sessions before 17:00 will be in-person. Sessions after 17:00 will be conducted online. All circles are limited to 6 students, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are required to sign up each week for their preferred time slot.

Please check out the schedule (up-to-date CC schedule).

  • Fill the up-to-date sign-up form: https://forms.gle/H2q7UY53KE32f7ey8
  • For online sessions, CC leaders will contact you with the meeting link and materials 30 minutes before the session.
  • Join the link that leaders shared with you.
  • For face-to-face sessions, visit KOLT Z06B.

Apply to be Circle Leader

If you wish to serve as a circle leader, please write to KOLT@ku.edu.tr with “CC Leader Application” in the subject line. Let us know which language and circle type you are interested in leading (English Conversation, English Reading/Writing, or Conversation in another language) and attach your CV. We will interview candidates during the first week of each semester.