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Dreams come true…



I had always wanted to be a part of METU (Middle East Technical University) during my high school years. However, because of our country’s education system, I didn’t have a chance to choose it for my graduate education but it was in my mind all the time. Then, after university and almost 6 years in teaching, I was invited for a kind of pre-service event there! The day of days came and I was there; on the stage! It has been a wonderful experience for me. I can’t say everything was perfect because I know there were some points to be improved related to my presentation skills in such academic occasions.

Then, after some time, I was invited to teach a course in METU! Teaching English to Young Learners! Nowadays, I am looking forward to meeting my new students, indeed my prospective colleagues 🙂 I know we are going share a lot of things there and we will develop different points of views together. I hope to learn a lot from them 🙂

This is way better than my dreams… This is a milestone in my career ^_^


smiley-clipart-smiley_star_08.png With special thanks to my dear family and my fiancé for supporting and motivating me to achieve my goals.


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SLTEP Pre-Service Event at METU

On October 17, I shared my experiences with my prospective colleagues. It was really nice to be there with them and see the gleam in their eyes!

You can find my presentation here: Riding a Flying Carpet in Teaching_ 


I spoke too much and I tried to share a lot in such a limited time. Thus, it was a bit boring, I guess. I should learn to manage time during those presentations 🙂 However, at the end of the presentation, a few people from my audience came and talked to me which made me so content.

A brand new experience 🙂


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IATEFL ReSIG Annual International Conference

Last month, Gediz University held a very beneficial conference for researchers to share what they had been doing in their own environment. Thanks to dear Dr. Kenan Dikilitaş, I was motivated to conduct research and present it there as a poster presentation.

It was my first research presentation ever so I was really nervous during the preparation process. My dear colleague Kenan Hocam encouraged me to try this new field in my career and he helped me so much before-during and after my research 🙂 First, we had a group on Facebook with two other colleagues and Kenan Hocam was a guide there. He helped me find an area to survey. Then, after choosing that area, I chose suitable tasks and planned my study carefully. As the next step, I applied those tasks in my classroom and thanks to my precious students, I received lots of constructive feedback. Finally, I was ready to share what I learned during the process 🙂

It wasn’t easy for me! I know I had many mistakes but nothing is easy… You will never know if you don’t have the courage to try 🙂 Also, once I saw the results, I decided to use classroom research as a part of my professional development. Hope to find or create a chance to spend more time on these studies 🙂

You can find more about my study here: My study

The conference program: Program

You can find more about this conference here: About conference



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We were in Gölbası for 5 days, but we didn’t know anywhere in Ankara .I and my roommates were bored in the dormitory. Thus we decided to go to city centre. Firstly, we went to Kızılay where everybody coming Ankara should see.It was so crowded as it is always. We entered Kızılay AVM and walked around all floors there.We weren’t used to being among a lot of people. Shortly, we don’t like Kızılay. We thought that we should find a quiet place ,so our next station was Hamamonu. While we were going there ,we saw Zafer Bazaar .However, we didn’t enter there because of crowd.After a while, we saw Abdi Ipekci Park. We stopped off there and chatted about things which we had seen at the same time.The thing which is interesting for us is that there are lots of beggars in streets .It is so bad.Finally,we arrived Hamamonu. It is so relaxing place and has an old-fashioned atmosphere .We visited tomb and Mehmet Akif Ersoy museum. Also, we bought something from cute shoppings .The weather was getting dark, so we came back to Golbası, our dormitory.


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However, I have been living in Ankara for seven months I have just gone Hamamönü. I wish I had gone there before.Hamamönü has been reorganized and this reorganization is going on. There are old houses which were painted only white. I thought these houses weren’t being used but people are living in them which was surprising for me .Streets between houses are narrow and they are not capable of being used by big vehicles even by cars.Not letting even cars makes Hamamönü prettier and more comfortable for people,I think.During wandering ,I didn’t have to worry about cars or being crashed.And the other thing I like was different cafes,restaurants and small shopping centers(butiques).People prefer there to make their breakfast as these cafes are well-known for their breakfast,also pasta.I made my breakfast there and it was very good and nice with its peaceful atmosphere.*They are full of people at some certain hours;if you do not like being crowded areas I suggest you not to go there at weekends.After breakfast, I went Mehmet Akif’s house. I wasn’t aware that his house is here. People can enter the house,all parts of which are open to people with ney sound at the background.Inside the house,there is also a documentary about his life.You can watch it while you are wandering there.It was very nice and resting day for me ‘cause of Hamamönü’s relaxing atmosphere. 🙂


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University is the biggest change in my life.It’s totally new thing for every new student. You need to get use to everything and it takes time. Frankly speaking, i do not like Ankara and i do not think i will love.Its weather condition is suck.I have been here nearly for 5 or 6 months , i do not know, and i visit only one place becasuse threre is noting here to do and attrack me.The first place i visited here is Hamamonu.My roommate said ‘’lets go’’ then we went.It is really good place but as a student we had to walk for a while to get there ,because we do not want to spend money.I do not remember when i went there and i cant say a lot of details about this lovely place.I liked threre.It was beautiful.These old looking houses are really have some effect on people.Mostly i liked our poet Mehmet Akif’s house.It absolutely should be seen.Luckly it was sunny in that day and we really enjoyed.For people there are a lot of cafee in there if you want you can sit and have some conversation with your friends as we did.I recommend this place even i dont like Ankara.


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Simit Dünyası

Each week , I go Simit Dünyası with my friends and because of being close to metro , it is easy  to reach there. This café has a really good atmosphere , we prefer it when we need to talk about a serious issue or  to do our group homeworks , it is almost never neither noisy nor crowded . The only thing you can hear in this place is the playing songs . There are a lot of food options such as cake , pasta and pizza. I strongly recommend its mixed pizza by the way.   Also you can drink both cold and hot beverages such as coke and soda or Turkish coffee and or tea.

On the other hand I want to tell you my the only bad experience about this place , when we went there one month ago , one of my friends asked for a small box of ayran but waiter said there is no small box of ayran . And my friend said ” When we were here the previous week , I asked for a small box of ayran and you said there is no , why don’t you remove it from the list ? ” and the waiter said ” Even if you come after ten years , we won’t have them ” .

When this case happened , it really irritated us , but these days whenever we remember this event, we can’t stop laughing . Also when we are trying to ask for ” Let’s go Simit Dünyası ” , instead of saying it in a normal way , we say ” Let’s drink a mall box of ayran ” and everyone understand us .


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My friends came to Ankara/ Gölbaşı to see me for weekend.The journey from Gölbaşı was a bit complicated .The destination was Çankaya.Busses from Gölbaşı to Çankaya was very crowded and also roads were chock-a-block so journey took much time than ever. Between five and seven are rush hours so be careful about time management .If you don’t have to go somewhere in the city , you should stay at home about these hours. After going off the bus , we saw a great monument in front of me .To enter the Anıtkabir , I had to pass some security steps. After passing these security steps ,finally we managed to enter the monument garden.While we were going to basic monument ,we saw lion’s status each side of the road. Road name was also the road with lions. After passing the road with lions ,we saw great monument which is the greatest monument in Anıtkabir because it was the representative cemetery of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The greatest leader of the World was lying there in front of us .We were so excited to see that scenery.This monument’s architecture was really impressive and absolutely beautiful . Its architecture was so great that you can’t keep your eye off the monument.While we were visiting this great monument , it was getting darker and darker so we had to go to dormitory before getting dark because if it was getting dark , possible dangers were bacoming apparent.So be careful about pickpockets and rapists in dolmushes ,busses and roads.You should visit there if you come to Ankara.


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From Adana to Munich

I have been in Comenius Project in September 2013 . Our journey beginned with the flight to Adana to Ankara. It was my first flight experience and I was expecting something much more terrrifying than we experienced. I found it kinda weird at first yet, later it turned to an enjoyment for me. We landed Ankara Esenboga Airport but we had to wait a couple hours so we decided to wander in airport. Number of duty free shops were pretty much and they hade affordable prices. However, I definetely don’t advise you to eat anything from airport shops ‘cuz they are two times more expensive than normal prices.When it’s time to go Munich we had a longer flight then the other and the airport company offered us dinner. The company wad Luftansa and I liked their services. After this delightful flight we landed in Munich. I was really impressed since the airport was so developed and huge. Our teachers arranged a taxi and we went to our hotel around 8pm. It was my day, because first abroad and flight experience i had experienced. I was really tired when I went to hotel so I quickly fell asleep as soon as I get inside the bed.


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I visited to Kızılay Square when I had just come to Ankara. Kızılay, which is a neighbourhood in Ankara, is mostly known for its crowded streets, shopping centers and some events. Moreover, it is one of the lively places in every hour of the day in Ankara. The access to Kızılay Square from the inter-city bus station is very easy and takes just 15 minutes to arrive there. When I got to there, a huge crowd and lively streets welcomed me. It was amazing due to its vivid air. The houses were well-designed and most of the shop logos had eye-catching style. While I was walking down the streets, I realized that if I had got lost there, it would not have been so easy to find the way. As the sky got darker, I decided to sit in a cafe. Many people were having fun by playing games and chatting with their friends. The places which suit to all the budgets can be found in Kızılay. In the evening, while I was wandering around the Karanfil Street which is the most famous street in Kızılay, I saw many salesmen preparing their benches to sell cheap goods. The night in Kızılay was as lively as the during the day. I enjoyed a lot there. If you have enough time, Konur Street and Büyülü Fener are worth going.

Hilal Nur GÜLER