Category Archives: TESOL

The silver lining

It’s been over 6 months since we had to flee Turkey as the post-coup crackdown started to affect foreign staff who worked for the universities closed down after the coup. When I first arrived, still in shock over how abruptly … Continue reading

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Hello from the other side

My name is Yulia and it has been 9 months 6 days since my last blog post. Not quite a year but definitely a long time – and I stopped blogging right in the middle of describing our epic trip … Continue reading

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My first conference and my first trip to Greece

While my last 1,5 in my current job teaching English at a preparatory school at a university in Kayseri, Turkey have been challenging, they have also been extremely rewarding and conducive to my development as a teacher, mostly due to … Continue reading

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Onwards and upwards

I’ve noticed that I tend to blog mostly about positive things. I do want to be more positive and less grumpy in general, so I guess that’s a good thing. However, this meant I haven’t felt like blogging for a … Continue reading

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Çiğ köfte party

With our first quarter coming to an end, my students and I realized it’s nearly time to say good bye. Nobody knows what our schedules will look like next quarter and whether I`ll be teaching any of the same students … Continue reading

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End of the first year

If you are an English teacher like us, the end of the year for you is not in December, but whenever classes are over some time in the summer. And yes, it’s holiday time!

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End of the first semester

The/my first semester at our university is officially coming to an end. The last 5 months have certainly been a great learning experience for me. Working full-time, or rather 8-5 took some getting used to. Not that I didn’t work … Continue reading

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My name is Teacher

Three weeks ago I finally submitted the huge translation project I had been working on since we arrived to Kayseri. I was all geared up to update my LinkedIn profile, build an online portfolio and start looking for a job … Continue reading

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Workaholism is not contagious

From the moment we landed in Novosibirsk, we`ve been dying to get back to teaching full-time.  We`ve hardly been back a week when Mike was invited to speak at a conference for ESL teachers at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University. This … Continue reading

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