I was educated at the University of Colorado - Denver in 2003. In September of that year, I moved to Turkey, where I taught at Ted Koleji, one the best private schools in the country. I also worked at several language schools, catering mostly to teenagers and young adults. Additionally, I conducted private lessons with parents of students and business leaders. Lesson plans were designed around the students' needs. At the Koleji, we focused on grammar and age-appropriate vocabulary. Most of the language schools were designed to help the younger students pass vocabulary-intensive college entrance exams. My adult learners were mostly interested in developing their vocabulary and comfort with their speaking skills.
Methods, naturally, varied from class to class. In the Koleji, we used the Cambridge series of books. My lesson plans incorporated the books, tapes (when available) and a variety of games, songs and play. The teenagers at the language schools needed to strengthen their ability to understand meanings of words. We worked on developing "contextual" understanding, as well as correct spelling and pronunciation. The adult learners sought to improve their conversational skills, using books, television, music, debate, and discussion. Most of the business owners needed to learn how to communicate and understand other second-language learners from all over the world. We worked on listening and speaking - using mostly business terminology specific to the textile industry.
While I seldom used Turkish in the classroom, on rare occasions it was necessary to help the student overcome fear or briefly work through an issue of either meaning or pronunciation.
As a result of my editing skills, three papers submitted by Uludag University have been published in international scientific journals.
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