An English Teacher who is passionate about teaching children and teaching English, ready to share her experience with the rest of the world.
Hi everyone! My name is Aylin (Eileen) Hekimoglu and I’ve been teaching English to very young and young learners for over 12 years.
My initial interest in learning and children led me to earn a ‘Psychology degree‘ at University. Then, my desire to travel outside of England steered me towards taking a ‘CELTA’ course. (This is a certificate that allows you to teach English anywhere around the world.)
I was born and raised in London, UK, but moved to Turkey in 2008 to live and teach English after completing my CELTA. Since then I have worked in many educational institutions including the first couple of years in langauge schools teaching students aged 16+. After the initial couple of years I started to work with young learners at highly reputable private schools. I also had the privilege of working in a very well-known International Baccalaurate (IB) School in Istanbul, implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Having worked both as a ‘Branch English Teacher’ & ‘English speaking Classroom Teacher’, I have gained many great skills and enriched my knowledge and thinking in child education.
In 2014, I decided to study for a Masters program in this field. I thought teaching provided me with plenty of skills and experience, but I also needed to know the theories in teaching English to become a more knowledgeable and innovative teacher and guide. So, I completed with great success a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) MA programme at University College London (UCL), Institute of Education. My masters THESIS focused on ‘How to motivate students in the EFL classrooms in Turkey’. Language learnning motivation is one of the areas of second language education that I am very keen on.
Last but not least, my interest also lies in Teacher Training so I have gained from Pilgrims, UK, a ‘How to be a Teacher Trainer Certificate’.
Well, once again, I hope both valuable Teachers & Parents gain something useful from this blog.
Welcome to my journey..