About the ILC



AYBU Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is a special learning space designed in the form of a self-access centre. Our main goal at the ILC is to assist learners in enriching their language learning experiences and taking better control of learning. We offer learners a wide variety of resources, colourful learning activities and, above all, a well-established Learning Advisory Program (LAP).

If you wish to improve your English or practise foreign languages in a stress-free environment without any concerns like earning grades, the ILC is definitely where you should be! You may speak with foreign instructors, watch movies, sing songs, or read magazines and enjoy the fun side of learning with us. All the services, in-house resources and learning activities are completely free!

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The ILC is located in AYBU Etlik East Campus Block C, Room 509. The centre is open between 09:30 and 16:30 on weekdays. 


The ILC was founded in 2011 under the supervision and guidance of the Director of AYBU School of Foreign Languages of the time, Prof. Dr. Sinan Bayraktaroğlu. Since the ILC first opened doors to learners, it has consistently kept growing by renewing and updating its resources and services. As of 2016, the ILC is at the age of 5, and hundreds of learners visit the centre with different purposes every week.


At the ILC, our main goal is to help learners become more independent learners who can set learning goals, lead learning activities using suitable strategies and analyze the whole process to modify any steps if necessary. The self-study resources, fun and colourful learning activities and the newly-developed Learning Advisory Program (LAP) are the basic components of our ongoing efforts to address learner needs most effectively. Along with all of these, the ILC will keep contributing to academic knowledge base of foreign language learning and teaching at a national and international level.



Tarık Uzun, ILC Coordinator

Stephanie Lea Howard, ILC Assistant Coordinator



Learning Advisors

Tarık Uzun (uzuntarik@gmail.com)

Stephanie Lea Howard

Müge Akgedik

Dr. Hatice Karaaslan

Mümin Şen

Gökçe Arslan

Abdulkadir Güllü

Ebru Sınar Okutucu

Gamze Güven Yalçın



Part-Time Student Staff

Selected every academic year.


ILC Student Committee

Members of this committee are all selected from voluntary students of AYBU. Their primary goal is to organize ILC activities and events on themes like languages, learning and culture. By doing so, they get involved in decision-making procedures at the ILC too.



At the ILC, research and practice go hand in hand. Developments and recent trends in the academic field of self-access learning are closely followed at the ILC. We contribute to the field with our very own academic research and publications as well. Below can be seen the ongoing or completed academic research projects and studies at the ILC:



Project Title: Independent Learning Advisory Unit - Training and Implementation Activities (Case Study)
Funded By: Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Scientific Research Projects Unit
Project Number: 3934
Project Date: June 2017 - June 2018
The purpose of this project is to build capacity by establishing learning advisory services at universities. This process will be supported with the following activities: (1) Provision of a training course for prospective learning advisors who will be appointed to Learning Advisory Services at university level; (2) designing a self-directed learning curriculum and developing materials to be utilized in these services; and (3) establishing digital platforms which will function as meeting and discussion venues for learning advisors and learners from partner institutions. This six-month training, composed of six-week modules, will include both face-to-face and online sessions that will be conducted by Dr. Jo Mynard and Satoko Kato, the authors of Reflective Dialogue: Advising in Language Learning (2016), and the program coordinators from the Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Tokyo, Japan, will have short visits to our institution where the training will take place. In addition, the project team will visit the SALC at KUIS in order to gain insights into how the center functions.


Project Title: Independent Learning Centre Cooperation Development Project

Funded by: Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Scientific Research Projects Unit

Project Number: 1628

Project Date: 22/10/2014 - 25/02/2015

As part of the project conducted by Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University School of Foreign Languages, Mümin Şen, Director of AYBU School of Foreign Languages and ILC Coordinator Tarık Uzun paid an official visit to Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) and its Self-Access Learning Centre (SALC) with an aim to improve the services offered at the ILC and set the academic background of Learning Advisory Program (LAP). The official cooperation talks between the two institutions were first initiated with this visit. Upon return, a needs analysis was carried out in AYBU School of Foreign Languages to better understand the local needs and expectations of learners in our own context. Based on the findings, materials design and development projects were implemented, with a broader goal to offer learners more comprehensive and informed guidance in learning. In August 2015, Director of KUIS SALC Dr. Jo Mynard and the Assistant Director Yuko Momata visited AYBU School of Foreign Languages and the ILC for further meetings and observations.



Dissertations / Theses

Nasöz, M. (2015). Turkish EFL learners’ readiness for autonomy and attitudes toward self-access center [Unpublished master’s dissertation]. İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Uzun, T. (2013). Learning Tendencies and styles of English preparatory class students using an independent learning centre in higher education [Unpublished Masters Dissertation]. Ankara University, Ankara, Türkiye.

Altındağ, S. (2019). An exploratory study of learning strategies used by university level English learners after autonomy training through advising in language learning [Unpublished master's thesis]. İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11693/52684

Güllü, A. (2019). Fostering self-regulated learning through the effective learning module: A case study in Turkish context [Unpublished master's thesis]. İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11693/52685



Academic Presentations and Talks

Event: Practical Ideas and Trends in Teaching Festival (PITTFest)

Speaker(s): Dr. Hatice Karaaslan

Title of the Presentation: Introduction to the Reflective Dialogue and Advising in Language Learning

Venue and Date: Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, 21-22 September 2016.


Event: The Self in Language Learning (SILL) International Conference

Speaker(s): Tarık Uzun, Dr. Hatice Karaaslan, Mümin Şen

Title of the Presentation: Going Beyond the Regular Curriculum: Towards the Development of a Language Advisory Program (LAP)

Venue and Date: Çağ University, Mersin, 17-19 September 2015. 


Event: Learners & Teachers as Companions on the Road to Autonomy; IATEFL LASIG (Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group) Local Conference

Speaker(s): Tarık Uzun

Title of the Presentation: Learning Styles of Independent Learning Centre Users

Venue and Date: Sabancı University, İstanbul, 29-30 May 2014. 


Event: III. European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences

Speaker(s): Tarık Uzun

Title of the Presentation: Learning Styles of Independent Learning Centre Users

Venue and Date: Sapienza University in Rome, 6-8 February 2014.




Karaaslan, H. (October/November, 2016). [Review of the book Reflective Dialogue: Advising in language learning, by S. Kato & J. Mynard]. Independence Newsletter of the IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (68), 44-47. Click here for the review.

Uzun, T., Karaaslan, H., Şen, M. & (2016). On the road to developing a learning advisory program (LAP). Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal7(1),84-95.

Uzun, T., Karaaslan, H., Şen, M. & (2016). Going beyond the regular curriculum: Towards the development of a learning advisory program (LAP). Proceedings of the Self in Language Learning (SILL) Conference, 1-11.

Uzun, T. (2014). General tendencies of English language learners in using an independent learning centre within the Turkish higher education context. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal5(2), 98-111.

Uzun, T. (2014). Learning styles of independent learning centre users. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal5(3), 246-264.

Güven-Yalçın, G. (2018). "In-between the process and outcome in advising in language learning” Reflecting on my very first advising session. RELAY Journal 1(1). https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/issues/jan18/guven_yalcin/

Howard, S. (2018). Reflecting on my first solo advising session as a learning advisor trainee. RELAY Journal 1(1). https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/issues/jan18/howard/
Karaaslan, H. (2018). “Metamorphosis”: In the advising sense. RELAY Journal 1(1). https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/issues/jan18/karaaslan/
Sen, M., Karaaslan, H., Akgedik-Can, M., Uzun, T., Güven-Yalçın, G., Arslan, G., Sinar-Okutucu, E., Howard, S. & Güllü, A. (2018). Learning advisor transformation: A collaborative and reflective collage. RELAY Journal 1(1). https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/issues/jan18/sen_et_al/
Güven-Yalçın, G. (2018). Reflecting on successful elements of a mentoring session. RELAY Journal 1(2). https://kuis.kandagaigo.ac.jp/relayjournal/issues/sep18/guven-yalcin/
Karaaslan, H. (April, 2018). Advising Strategies: Reframing Attributions to Embrace Growth Needs. Paper presented at the 27th International Conference on Educational Sciences, Antalya, Turkey
Karaaslan, H. & Şen, M. (2019). Bağımsız öğrenme danışmanlığı birimi eğitim ve uygulama faaliyetleri. Erzincan Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, 21 (1), 90-112. doi:10.17556/erziefd.450474


For two times so far, the ILC has appeared on the cover page of SISAL Journal, the world’s only academic journal in the field of “Self-Access Learning”.