Bahar Kızıltunalı received her Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the Aegean University in 1982. She then started her teaching career at Ozel Fatih College, where she remained until 1996.During that time, she also furthered her own education with numerous courses resulting in an impressive list of certificates from Cambridge University, Sidmouth International School, the British Council, and the University of California. In 1996, she was chosen to be part of the founding faculty and also head of the English Department of the Izmir Advanced Education Institute University Study Programme in affiliation with Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2000, she became the head of English and consultant for the Atolye Consultancy and Organization. She remained there until 2001, when she joined Izmir University of Economics, again as a part of the founding faculty. Currently, Bahar is Head of the Preparatory School, responsible for the overall management of the school’s academic program. Since joining the university, she has continued to take part in many conferences and course in order to develop her experience and knowledge in the field of ELT. She has also undertaken training in Total Quality Management and Quality Inspection and now is a fully qualified Quality Inspector for City and Guilds. Bahar has travelled extensively and has spent a lot of time in both the UK and the USA. She has been invited to take part in conferences and focus groups at many prestigious universities, including Oxford and Cambridge in the UK and the University of California in the USA. She has worked closely with leading experts in the field of ELT and has a wide range of contacts within the world of ELT both in Turkey and abroad. One of her particular areas of expertise is testing, having developed testing programmes for different institutions and she has also worked closely with many respected experts in this field.