ELI instructors bring the love of English to Istanbul

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

From June 12 to 26, ELI instructors Mary Rizzi and Paul DeWitte were in Istanbul, Turkey, teaching at one of our partner universities — Yeditepe University. Mary and Paul spent two weeks teaching high school-aged students who were at Yeditepe University for a special program to introduce them to university life. The students attended classes on campus, engaged in varied activities with the clubs on campus, and participated in two hours of English language instruction from Canadian instructors courtesy of Renison. Classes were focused on listening and speaking activities meant to improve the students' conversational English skills.
Paul and Mary had the privilege of visiting many historical sites such as the Aye Sofia, the underground cisterns, the Grand Bazaar, the spice market, and the Galata tower, which provided spectacular views of the city. They describe it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and experience that they will not soon forget.

Elcin Cikrik, a fellow language instructor at Yeditepe University, was a valuable resource to Paul and Mary during their stay. Elcin shared insights into teaching Turkish students as well as the practicalities of navigating an unfamiliar city. At the end of July, Elcin will be chaperoning four high school-aged students that will be joining the English For Success (EFS) classes for two weeks.  The English Language Institute is excited to have her and the students attend classes at Renison and are looking forward to welcoming her and the students once they arrive.


About the Renison English Language Institute

The Renison English Language Institute (Renison ELI) has offered high quality English as a second language (ESL) programs and courses since 1970. We welcome more than 1,000 students each year to Renison University College.

We are also proud to be the official ESL provider of the University of Waterloo, ranked Canada’s most innovative university for 22 years in a row.

We invite you to explore our programs and courses, and look forward to welcoming you to the Renison community.

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