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TESTIMONIALS

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to take the SIT’s TESOL Certificate Course at Yaşar University. It was a very well-organized, comprehensive and engaging course given by three dedicated trainers who were very supportive from the first till the last day of the course. I think what I liked most about the course was that it helped me see the learning process from a learner’s perspective and learn to set student learning objectives.  Before taking the TESOL course, I had nearly ten years’ experience in ELT, but while taking the course I realized that I used to set activity and involvement objectives rather than mastery/student learning objectives in my lesson plans. Finally, the practice teaching and feedback sessions were eye-opening. I had a lot of chances to reflect on my teaching by focusing on the learners, what I did well, or could have done differently as a teacher to facilitate the students’ learning. I recommend the SIT TESOL course to both experienced and inexperienced teachers.  Aylin Atacan – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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Taking a TESOL course to me was like a journey you take to explore various parameters of your teaching experience, so I would say that it would be a worthwhile experience for both new teachers and the experienced ones. When I started the course, I had already been teaching English for 7 years. Throughout this course, I had a chance to acquire substantial teaching skills through experience as well as explore and reflect on my previous teaching and learning experiences in a supportive and cooperative atmosphere. It had many contributions to my growth as a teacher in terms of planning, teaching and reflecting.  Betül Doğdu – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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To me, being a participant in TESOL Cert. was a fruitful experience as a whole. The learning outcomes like getting from learner’s viewpoint to a teacher’s, building upon the experience and tasting “reflective practices”, helping others as well as yourself with a humble manner and having your “competencies” assessed in a constructive way were literally groundbreaking! This course is both useful and demanding, so you had better tune in and be truly present in this course. The best part is, it is worth all! As a participant, you realize that it is so essential to care for your teaching and learners. The course notifies you how precious is learning is for everyone, which is a great lesson for life, too.   Burak Aydın – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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SIT TESOL was a great experience for me to recall how to feel as a learner and how I learn a new skill or knowledge. By reflecting on my learning, I had the opportunity to analyze learning process deeply. Particularly, self-reflection and assessment activities have definitely broadened my horizon and had a significant contribution to my teaching as developing an awareness of the process of learning and making connection with teaching experience is the key to succeed in effective teaching.

The main principle of the course is the continuity of learning and it is only possible with self-reflection on your own teaching as a teacher. During the course, I have received lots of valuable feedback from both my peers and the trainers, which contributed my teaching and improved me a lot. I will be able to improve my teaching throughout my career thanks to the self-reflection skill I have gained.

Another important point during the course is creating a learning centered environment which I experienced the benefits of it in the course as a learner. I learnt how to act as a guide or a facilitator during their learning process in order to create a student centered environment. As long as students involve in the learning process and become active participants, learning can occur and be permanent.  Demet Sarıkaya – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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During the learning and teaching process in SIT TESOL course, as a learner, I have learned new methods and ways in teaching and as a teacher, I have found a chance to apply those in a real class environment as well as receiving feedback from my colleagues and giving feedback on their sessions.

By the help the experience I have had in this course, I have learned how to analyze my lessons in details and from different viewpoints. I have gained a different awareness towards my teaching skills thanks to learning new frameworks and methods as well as practice teaching lessons, which, all, have contributed to my learning and teaching process. The new insights I gained in this rewarding process have already been useful in my personal development and professional career. I would highly recommend everyone to take SIT TESOL course to develop both their teaching skills and their viewpoints in the field of ELT.  Sedef Kabasakal – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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Like many other participants, initially I thought the course would teach me how to create materials, how to use the ones we have better, would be more about lesson planning, methodology and strategies. To my surprise, it was all and more. The most important thing I got from the course is re-identifying my role as a teacher. I have come to realize that being a teacher is also being a learner; learning more about one’s self, my capacity, my strengths and weakness that could hopefully be turned into a strength with dedication. After this course, my attention shifted to students as individual learners, this helped me to interact with them more and get to know them better. As result, I hope I can help them better today. I cannot say it was easy for me. Rather than time constraints and being already busy with my classes at my institution, my biggest challenge was getting over my stage fright and share the class with my trainers and friends. However, after some time, it became easier. We did a lot of soul searching, self-reflection and feedback sessions which seemed compelling as we are not used to these kind of things in our culture.  In brief, I appreciate the opportunity to be a participant and I would recommend this course to people who want to be a teacher and also to those who are already teaching as well.  Sevil Özçelik – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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If you are an aspiring teacher hoping to make something of yourself, I would definitely recommend you to take this course. When I first applied, I thought I was signing up for a certificate programme that would improve my teaching practices and make me a proficient teacher. However, SIT TESOL Course proved to be much more comprehensive as it was also a journey into “learning” and “learner” itself which was really inspiring. What is more, the course covered a lot of topics but getting new knowledge was not paramount. Doing assignments, receiving feedback and interacting with other participants, and on top of that, reflecting on these were daunting but rewarding processes which ultimately gave me the confidence to implement my new perspective on teaching to my lessons. Overall, I found the experience invaluable and absolutely worth your time.  Dila Beyazyıldırım – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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zehra-c-photoSIT TESOL Course is a challenging journey, however it is certain that I have learned a lot from the course and developed more as a language teacher. I personally think that I have learned a lot from developing the lesson plans and materials as well as observing the other participants’ lessons. In Turkey, it is not quite common to teach in a student-centered learning environment. Therefore, this has been a great experience for me to be in this teaching context and to learn how effective and motivating to teach students in a student-centered environment with task-based approach. It has been a memorable experience in many ways. I would definitely recommend this course!  Zehra Çilingir – 2016 SIT TESOL Course

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saliha-fotoGrasping the importance of perceiving a lesson as a whole, becoming aware of the roles of a learner and a teacher, essential aspects of giving and receiving feedback, continuing self reflection, anticipation of skills you have consciously/unconsciously acquired and bettering in time management skills in lesson planning and teaching represent some components of SIT TESOL course. All your teaching experience will be revisited and so your questions regarding teaching. Just step into SIT TESOL course. You will never regret a minute.  Saliha Akgün – 2015 SIT TESOL Course

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ceren-picI was a participant of TESOL in 2015 and I would really recommend the course to anyone who would like to experience what a 21st century teaching should be like. I learned not only how to teach English to students but also how to communicate with them and how to respond to their needs. The most important thing I got from the course is that it is not important to be “the teacher” in the classroom, but to be the guide who supports students in their way to knowledge and at the same time, learns with them. The strategies and practices we have been through in the course are a must to have communication skills not only in the classroom but also in all areas of our lives. It was a very difficult month for all of us but it was also a period which means a lot to us in our professions. If you want to practice your profession in 21st century classroom culture and master teaching & learning strategies with hands-on training, this course is for you.  Ceren Kuşdemir Özbilek – 2015 SIT TESOL Course

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ilgin-testimonialIt has been an exquisite pleasure for me to be a part of SIT TESOL 2015 summer program. Despite its challenges, it is almost impossible to defy its long-term benefits and not to appreciate its rewarding experience. Though most frequently the whole process might cause a sense of frustration especially when someone is not accustomed to internalize new techniques by trial and error, this everlasting circle most certainly is the basis for the storage and the regeneration of newly-acquired information. As opposed to other traditional ways of gaining teaching experience, SIT TESOL stands out with its innovative program that offers the necessary tools for an individual, and facilitates the process for self-discovery. I would encourage anyone, who aims to receive an internationally recognized TEFL certificate, to apply.  Ilgın Kızılgüneşler – 2015 SIT TESOL Course

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img_0490It cannot be denied that TESOL course is ultimately a rewarding teacher training experience for everyone. Wholeheartedly, I believe that it has broadened my horizon in terms of teaching and questioned my traditional style. It entirely changed my way of teaching and my lessons became more engaging for students.

The course was intense and tough but definitely worth it. Besides, the course atmosphere was also very warming and our trainers were highly supportive. Apart from filling some of your gaps in your own knowledge of English teaching and equipping yourself with substantial skills, you also receive a very prestigious certificate beyond dispute. Do not hesitate a second to take this course.  Cüneyt Gaffaroğlu – 2015 SIT TESOL Course

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zeynep-fotoI would definitely recommend the course to any English teacher regardless of their experience. I had been teaching for five years when I attended the course in 2014. I have not only learnt many new things but also had a chance to explore myself as a teacher. One of the most essential things that I acquired during the course was being able to reflect on my own teaching. I believe that it is an ability that can help you improve your skills throughout your whole career.

Even though it was an intense programme, I never felt under pressure thanks to the supportive trainers and cooperative trainees. There was always a positive atmosphere, which made the whole experience as smooth as possible. The course was not based on competition but cooperation and self-improvement, and I believe this is what makes TESOL course different from similar programmes.  Zeynep Özcan – 2014 SIT TESOL Course

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Kazım OlgunHmmm TESOL… I would definitely recommend the course. And I say this even though this was a very hard month for me. I have sleepless nights and frustrating weekends behind me. I’ve never experienced such an intense month in my life. “Read this article Kazım, complete this assignment Kazım, change this paper Kazım!” The voices are still in my head! 🙂 But you know what? Despite my initial doubts, I am glad that I had the chance to participate in this course. You probably want to know why I think so? Well, you should try to be accepted into this course, because TESOL is simply SMARTA: Seductive, Meaningful, Adventurous, Respectful, Transparent, Awesome.  Kazım Olgun – 2013 SIT TESOL Course

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Ekin VeralWhen I heard about TESOL course, I thought it would be a great step for my teaching career. I learned that this teaching licence is universally accepted and that is why I applied to this course, considering that it will be a key for me to open the gates of schools abroad, as well. I knew it before that the course was a bit challenging when the time is considered. Our trainers had informed us about the fact that we would not have enough time for ourselves from time to time. So, I was prepared for the idea.

What I found out in the course was, that it has a totally different lesson planning and teaching strategies from those we had known in our high schools, language courses and even in universities. Its main aim is to focus on the learners and let them come up with the ideas themselves and have a chance to speak and interact with the other learners. The teacher’s role is to give a helping hand and lead the learners to a path of knowledge and the learners can feel more self-confident and would like to take risks in learning process.

I would recommend this course for those who would like to work in private schools or language courses in Turkey or would like to work as a teacher abroad. What makes this course different is that it is more intense than the state licence and gives way more effective strategies. I would also recommend the course because, it not only improves your ways of teaching but also pulls you into a friendly group sphere. The teamwork of my peers have always been the greatest motivation throughout the course as well.  Ekin Veral – 2013 SIT TESOL Course

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bensu TınazI got much more than I expected from this course. I was expecting to learn how to be teacher but what I learned is how to help my students to learn, how to make their learning process easier. Besides, it contributed to my improvement a lot in terms of improving my skills in several issues about language; competence in general, communication and many other things…

I would surely recommend this course to my friends who also want to be a teacher. As many people say; teaching is not a job but a profession. You can’t learn it but you can experience it. TESOL gives you the chance to get into the real experience of teaching which is much more than learning.  Bensu Tınaz – 2013 SIT TESOL Course

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Jennifer Delp CelikI expected to learn strategies of how to teach crowded and small classes, problematic and unproblematic students and a way to teach grammar and pronunciation. I was more focused on the teacher, how an effective teacher should be and how not to be boring in class.

What I found was that I have to focus on the student more than the teacher. Student-student interaction and eliciting from students is much more important than being the holy source of the class. We experienced during our workshops how important different cultures are and we experienced classroom culture. I learned also about effective frameworks to use for creative and also receptive skills lessons.

I would definitely recommend the course. The major reason for it is that there is absolutely no competition; on the contrary, being cooperative, we were all encouraged to assist each other before our teaching sessions, and to observe and give feedback to each other when teaching classes. We were given more than enough material to use in our lessons and got help anytime we needed (even at 6am in the morning I received answers to my questions). Although we were usually sleepless and very busy with lesson planning, reading articles & writing report papers and evaluating our experiences, I must admit that I had the time of my life. It was the most challenging but exciting 4 weeks of my life and I’m incredibly sad that it has come to an end.  Jennifer Delp Celik – 2013 SIT TESOL Course