Ayşe S. Akyel (aakyel@yeditepe.edu.tr) is a professor in the Department of Foreign Language Education at Yeditepe University, where she is also the Dean of the Faculty of Education. Prior to that, she served as the chair of the Department of Foreign Language Education, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University (1996-2005). Her research interests include teacher education and professional development, teacher cognition, approaches to teaching language skills, and content-based instruction. She has published in various journals both in Turkey and abroad.