The Academic Staff working at our language school and departments at our university
Almila Özbuğutu graduated from Istanbul University Department of English Translation and Interpreting in 2010. She has a certificate of Pedagogical Formation for English Language Teaching from Istanbul University. She worked at International of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an English Language Instructor in 2011-2014. She has attended European Integration Certificate Programme at University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science. She has held management positions at international offices and translation departments of various institutions.
Aslıhan Akın completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Marmara University Ataturk Education Faculty English Language Teaching Department in 2016. She worked at Marmara University School of Foreign Languages as an English Instructor and at Vega Schools as an English Teacher. She works as an English Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University as of 2017.
Mr. Günay completed his undergraduate degree at Istanbul University Teaching English Faculty and got his Teaching Certificate from the same university.Beside being vested with teaching certificate,He also has the Teaching English More Efficiently certificate given by British Council.Before that ,he worked in Dialogue Language Schools and Air Force Academy as a lecturer.He has been taking place in Medipol University since 2015.
Begüm Sarıdede graduated from Yıldız Technical University department of English Language Teaching. She has a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate received from Northern Virginia Community College in USA. At the same institution, she did her internship in multicultural classrooms. In 2016, she started working at American Culture as an English teacher. Currently, she is doing her MA in Istanbul University in the field of Turkish as a foreign language. She is working at Medipol University at language school as an instructor.
Begüm YAĞIZ graduated from Kadir Has University, Department of American Culture and Literature in 2015. She attended Exchange program at North Central College in Chicago for a year. She has a certificate of Pedagogical Formation from Yıldız Technical University in2016. He taught General English and Proficiency preparation classes in various language schools. She taught English to 7th- and 8th-grade children as a volunteer in a public school in 2017. Currently, she is doing her MA at Istanbul Bilgi University in the field of Critical and Cultural studies. She has a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in 2018. She joined Medipol Univerisity in October 2018.
Buğra Bal, completed his bachelor’s degree at Istanbul University American Culture and Literature department and graduated as an honor student. He’s currently receiving his Master’s degree from the same University and same department. He also received his English Teaching Certificate from Istanbul University. He’s been to U.S.A on different occasions to do cultural research. Before Istanbul Medipol University he gave IELTS, FCE, BULATS lessons at private language school and worked as an English lecturer.
Burcu ALTUN GÜNAY, graduated from İstanbul University Education Faculty American Culture and Literature Department in 2002.She got the Certificate of Pedagogic Formation from İstanbul University Hasan Ali Yücel Faculty in the same year.Before starting to work in Medipol University ,she worked as an English Teacher in institutions such as Gökdil Language Teaching Center , Dialogue Language Schools and Turem Tourism and Hotel Management High School for a long time.She also gave IELTS , YDS (Foreign Language Proficiency Education) , TOEFL and in house vocational English education for long years.Burcu ALTUN GÜNAY has been working in Medipol University since 2016 as an English Lecturer.
Celal Sarıoğluhas completed his bachelor’s degree at Karadeniz Technical University, at the Department of English Language and Literature. He received a certificate from Oxford Teachers’ Academy on “Teaching English to Adults” and participated in the 6th International ELT Conference on “Use of Technology in Student Centered Teaching”. He presented “Teaching of Writing in ESL Classes” at Istanbul Aydin University. He partook in “Professional Development Seminars” at Bahcesehir University. Before Istanbul Medipol University, he taught at Karadeniz Technical University, Istanbul Aydin University, Beykent University and Bahcesehir University. Along with teaching at universities, he worked as instructor and manager in various academic environments and took part in exam preparation committees. Celal SARIOGLU has been a part of Istanbul Medipol University since 2014.
Cihad Furkan ELİAÇIK completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Gazi University- English Language Teaching Department in 2014 and his double major in Anadolu University- International Relations finished in 2015. In 2015, he started Istanbul University- Economics and Atatürk University- Justice. At the same time, in 2015, he stated his M.A Degrees in Ozyegin University- Public Law, Turkish-German University- Europe and International Relations and Istanbul Medeniyet University- Political Science and Public Administration. In 2013, he went both to Harvard and MIT University as a visiting researcher to meet with Howard Gardner and Noam Chomsky. His previous professional experiences are as follows: in 2013, New Pond Farm Education Center- USA, in 2013-2014 Tevfik Ileri Primary School, in 2015 EDUCALL (Company Advisor), in 2014-2015 Biruni University-Foreign Languages Department and in 2015, he has started working as a Lecturer in Istanbul Medipol University. Currently, he is working as a researcher in HARVARD Graduate School of Education- Civic and Moral Education Initiative. Interested Fields Law: International Law, Nuclear Energy Law, Legitimacy in International Law International Relations: International Relations Theories, International Law, Foreign Policy Analyses, Soft Power
Derya Güngör completed her bachelor’s degree on Western Languages and Literatures at Boğaziçi University in 2014. Along with her degree, she minored in Copywriting. She also graduated from the department of Brand Communication at Anadolu University. In 2015, she received her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults / Cambridge University ) from Oxford House College in London. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University, she worked as an English Instructor at İstanbul Aydın University English Preparatory School. Meanwhile, she was one of the coordinators of Remedial Teaching Center. Derya Güngör has been working at İstanbul Medipol University since 2016.
Didem Kurt received her Bachelor Degree from Foreign Language Education Department, Boğaziçi University. She has started doing her M.A in Boğaziçi University, English Language Education this year. After her graduation, she worked in Ted College as an English Teacher and in a language school as an instructor. She has started to work in İstanbul Medipol University Family in 2017. She is very interested in Psycholinguistics. Therefore, she has worked voluntarily in Language Lab. in Koç University and still she is still an active member of Psycholinguistics Lab in Boğaziçi University.
Elis YILMAZ TOPCU graduated from Istanbul University English Language and Literature Department. She is doing her master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science at Istanbul Aydın University. Before joining Istanbul Medipol University, she worked at Istanbul Aydın University in several departments as well as a lecturer. Elis YILMAZ TOPÇU has been working as a lecturer at Istanbul Medipol University since 2015.
Elizabeth Coleman was born and educated in the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy and completed her master’s degree in law and human rights. Ms. Coleman has been teaching at universities in Turkey for several years; prior to this she spent five years in South Korea as an instructor and language school manager. Ms. Coleman’s academic interests lie in social constructions and gender and she has presented internationally on these topics.
Feray Gümüş graduated from Dokuz Eylül University American Culture and Literature Department in 2008. After graduation, she worked at several language schools as an English teacher and manager. She has a CELTA. Before joining Medipol University, she worked at Istanbul Kemerburgaz University.
Filiz Mizrak graduated from Istanbul University, department of American Culture and literature in 2009. She completed her master’s degree on Executive MBA in Bahcesehir University. Before starting to work for Istanbul Medipol University, She has taught General English,PTE, IELTS, YDS and Business English at various institutions.
Gökçe Doğan finished her Master’s Degree at Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute in the department of English Language and Literature. She is writing her dissertation on the topic of “Feminism in Dystopian Literature during the 20th and 21st century.” Along with the English pedogogical formation teaching certificate from Yıldız Technical University (2010), she has had her CELTA certificate from İstanbul British Council since 2012. Just before she joined İstanbul Medipol University Prep School staff, she was the General Writing Coordinator at various universities and worked as an Instructor there. She attended some qualified and different Language and Literature conferences and seminars abroad in the United States of America and Bosnia as presenter. Gökçe Doğan has started to work as an Instructor at İstanbul Medipol University in 2015.
Gökçe Koç Onar graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature program from Hacettepe University in 2010. She received the certificate of English Language Teaching from the Faculty of Education at Hacettepe University in 2009. Her teaching experience encompasses 5 years. She worked in Materials Development Committee and created authentic materials depending on students levels and interests. As a member of Materials Development Committee, she developed supplementary grammar materials to be used along with course books in all levels. She is studying at Erciyes University for her Master’s degree in International Relations. She started to work for Medipol University in October, 2016.
Gökçe özgen obtained her bachelor’s degree from İstanbul University’s English Language Teaching Department. During her university years, she joined in Erasmus program and studied a semester in Spain. She was an active member of Entask Project and Language Club. She taught Turkish to foreigners and English to Turkish students voluntarily in that social club. She is currently pursuing her master studies on the field of Theater Criticism and Dramaturgy at the same university. She is also writing for some online art magazines. Before starting at Medipol University, she worked for Marmara University and Nişantaşı University as an instructor of English. Since March 2016, she has been working for Medipol University.
Güngör Kırış Uğuzluoğlu completed her undergraduate degree at Erciyes University English Language and Literature department and got her English Teaching Certificate (Pedagogical Formation Certificate) from the same university. She has ITI Testing and Assessment Certificate. Her professional career began seven years ago as an English instructor and has continued nonstop. She continues her doctoral studies at Maltepe University Public Relations and Publicity department. Before joining Medipol University, she worked at Erciyes University, Gedik University and Maltepe University. Her previous experiences are in teaching English courses for undergraduate programs in Turkish, General and Academic English for prep classes for undergraduate programs in English, preparing materials and tests. She has been working as an English instructor at Medipol University since September 2016.
A graduate of Istanbul University, English Language and Literature in 2012. Still doing his MA in the same department. He worked as an instructor at Biruni University between 2014-2016. Area of interests: Postmodern literature and theatre
Hatice Granados Fuquene completed her Bachelor’s Degree on English Language Teaching Department at Anadolu University. She received her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate from International Training Institute in 2017. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University, she worked at several language schools and private colleges as an English teacher. She’s also taught IELTS, TOEFL, YDS at various institutions.
Hilal Kalkavan has completed her bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics in Marmara University Ataturk Education Faculty. In the following year of 2016, she has worked as an English Instructor in the Foreign Language School of Marmara University; thus attending various workshops and observations. She has started working as a lecturer in Medipol University in 2017.
Kaanhan Argüt has been working as an English Language Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University since 2016. He received his BA in American Studies from Bahcesehir University 2014. He received his CELTA certification in 2015. Currently, he is working on his MBA in Bahcesehir University.
Kenan Bodur graduated with a BA in English Language Teaching from 9 Eylül University in 1992.Since his graduation, he has worked in various different Language schools as English Teacher, Informational Technology companies as Educational Consultant and Universities as Lecturer. He has ben working at Medipol University, School of Language as Academic Supervisor since 2014.
Matanat Mammadova got her bachelor degree at Azerbaijan University of Languages in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2010-2014. During her university study and after graduation she had worked as a General English and IELTS trainer before we went to London for Cambridge CELTA education in 2016. Afterwards she proceeded her career in teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic between 2016-2017. In 2017 summer Matanat decided to move to Istanbul and settle down. She worked for one of the most welknown language schools in Istanbul for a year and she has been working at Medipol University since 2018.
Having grown up with Turkish, German and French, Mehlika Şeyda Ör completed her primary, secondary and high school education in Switzerland. After she returned to Turkey, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Istanbul University,the Department of American Culture and Literature. Currently, she is completing her Double Major Program in the department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance at the same university. Her academic interests are psychological criticism, comparative literature, literary multilingualism and intercultural communication. She has been working at Medipol University since 2016.
Polat Tacar graduated with a BA in English Language Teaching department from Trakya University. He has worked as a Principal, Director of Studies, English teacher and a lecturer in various different schools. He has been working at Istanbul Medipol Univrsity since 2014.
Mehmet Saylık received his BA degree in English Language and Training Department at Marmara University. İstanbul University, İstanbul Technical University, Marmara University, Yeditepe University, İstanbul Bilim University and Galatasaray University are some of the universities where he taught English at various levels and worked as an academic coordinator and Testing and Metrial Office staff. He started teaching ESP classes at İstanbul Medipol University in 2016. He has been designing and teaching online Academic Communication Skills classes for the students of Medicine and Dentistry at UZEM (Distant Education Programs) at İstanbul Medipol University since September 2017. He is currently a third year student at Turkish Language and Literature Department at Open University.
Merve Erek After graduating from Tarsus American College in 2004, Merve Erek graduated from Yeditepe University Translation Studies in 2008. Before going to University of California Los Angeles, USA to get a certificate in producing, she worked as an assistant to the editor in CNBC-e magazine. After completing her teaching certificate in Yeditepe University in 2009, she started working in language schools. She got her CELTA certificate from ITI Istanbul in 2012 and afterwards she worked as an English teacher in a primary school for 3 years. Prior to working in Medipol University, she worked as a lecturer in Üsküdar and Kemerburgaz University. She continues her MA studies in Bahçeşehir University in ELT.
Muhammed Arıkan started his education in England and continued with English Language and Literature at Ataturk University after returning to Turkey and graduated in 2010. He holds a Pedagogical Formation for English Language and a CPD Training certificate from PEARSON. He has two years of Admin experience with Pearson and Oxford Online Systems. He is also experienced in simultaneous translation. Before starting at Medipol University he worked at Nişantaşı University where he was also the coordinator of the English Preparatory Department along with being the Admin for their online system. Apart from being an English instructor he has a wide range of interests. Some of these being; programming, astronomy, diving, hiking and drawing. He is also an animal lover and takes part in any activity related in helping animals.
was born in Istanbul in 1971. He graduated from 19 Mayıs University, English Teaching Department of Education Faculty in 2006. He taught General English, Business English, YDS & TOEFL preparation classes in various different language schools as an English Teacher. He worked as the branch manager of a private language school between 2004 and 2012. Then he worked at different private high schools until 2017. He has been working as a lecturer at Istanbul Medipol University since 2017.
M. Mustafa Kaya graduated from the ELT Department of Marmara University in 1996. Since then he taught English at various schools until 2013, when he became an instructor at university. He joined the academic staff of Istanbul Medipol University in 2015. He is currently carrying on his MA studies in Sociology.
Müge Karayaylalı Bayraktar received his undergraduate degree from Hacettepe University Department of American Culture and Literature and in 2009 she was awarded the same universities Pedagogical Formation Certificate. In 2010, she started (with full scholarship) MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Teaching Certificate at Bilkent University. While working on the program, she worked at Ted Ankara College, International Bilkent Labrotary Schools and Hisar College as a student teacher and in 2011, she had an internship at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University. In 2012, she received the International Baccalaureate Teaching and Learning Certificate. Prior to joining Medipol University in Istanbul, she worked as a lecturer at İstanbul Aydın University between the years of 2012-2017 and worked in ESP and Remedial Teaching Center units in the institution.
Neziha Çakır graduated from Gazi University English Language Department. Before she started to work for İstanbul Medipol University in 2015, she worked as an instructor in Bezmialem University.
Oğuzhan Yangöz received his bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from Yıldız Technical University. He also studied as an exchange student at Department of Linguistics at University of Potsdam in Germany. Having worked in various language schools, Oğuzhan Yangöz started to work as an English Instructor at Medipol University in 2017.
Onur Başdinç graduated from Anadolu University, Department of English Language Teaching in 2008. Before he joined Istanbul Medipol University Prep School staff, he worked as an English Teacher and Head of English Department for various schools at MEB for 9 years after graduation. Onur Başdinç has been working at Istanbul Medipol University as an English Instructor since September 2017.
Onur POLAT completed his degree by graduating from University of Mersin Faculty of Science Literature – English Linguistics and Literature department in 2010. There, he took part in the formation of Turkish National Corpus which was organised by University of Mersin for the first time in Turkey. After he had worked on Forensic Linguistics field researches at the same time of studying, he started his business life by teaching English at a Cognitive Learning based firm in İstanbul and took over the role of education coordinator position at the same time. After he had opened his own company, Akademi 7, he organised many language programmes such as, Vocational English, Aviation English, YDS, TOEFL, IELTS for the personnel of the firms within corporate contracts. Also he coordinated and lectured Turkish Language Courses for the foreigners in Turkey. Finally, in 2016, he took on faculty based General English and Vocational English lecturer position at Istanbul Medipol University.
Özlem Uzun completed her BA on English Language and Literature at Istanbul Kültür University. In 2013, as well as being an exchange student at Docklands Academy, London for 4 months, she also taught English in some classes. After graduation, she worked as an English Teacher at MEB for a while and translated a Turkish book into English. Afterwards, she worked as an Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University / School of Health Sciences as well as being in charge of International Office-Erasmus Coordinatorship. Özlem Uzun has been an instructor at Istanbul Medipol University – Language School as of 2017, September.
Area of interests: Post-Colonial Literature, Psychoanalytic Theory in Literature and Postmodern Literature.
Refika Çimen received her bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Translation and Interpreting Studies from Boğaziçi University in 2014. During her undergraduate years, she studied terminology management and computer-assisted translation tools for one term at Lessius University College as part of Erasmus program, and also earned several translation-related certificates. In 2015, she completed the Pedagogical Formation Program at Sakarya University. Following her graduation, she worked at an international public relations company as a translator and has since provided translations in many technical areas including medicine, marketing, automotive and law. In 2016, she worked at Nişantaşı University as an English Instructor. She has been working at Medipol University since February 2018.
Pelin Ayten Yaz completed her bachelor’s degree on American Culture and Literature at Bahçeşehir University, and African-American Studies at Syracuse University (USA). She minored in Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University and she completed her master’s degree on MBA. She has a CELTA (Certificate in English Language to Adults). Before joining Istanbul Medipol University, she worked as a lecturer in English Preparatory School at Istanbul Aydın University. Pelin Ayten Yaz has been working for Istanbul Medipol University since 2015.
Selda Üzün was born in Germany and received her education in Mersin and İzmir. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Ege University American Culture and Literature in 2006, she lived in the US until 2011. While working, she had the opportunity to get to know the culture and improved her linguistic skills. She worked as an executive assistant until 2016, afterwards, she attended a Cambridge English CELTA course at International Training Institute. She also received pedagogical formation education from Yıldız Technical University. In her career, she has worked in the diverse fields of hospitality and worked as mid-level manager, English teacher and English-Turkish translator. The translation of the nutrition book “Brain Food: Boosting Your Brain’s Power” from English to Turkish and the translation of Camillé, a play which was performed in Marlborough Theater in the UK, from Turkish to English are examples of her translation work. She is currently lecturing at Medipol University.
Semanur Saraç received her B.A degree from the department of Western Languages and Literatures in Boğaziçi University. She wrote her B.A thesis on the perception of Victorian Women with the title “Writing Against Victorian Polarization of Woman: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights”. Upon her graduation, she furthered her studies in the field of Cultural Studies in Istanbul Bilgi University with the M. A thesis “The Construction of Material and Visual Culture for the Changing Muslim Female Portrait in 2000s: The Case of Islamic Fashion Magazines and a Visuality-Based Social Media Network”. In the same period, she got ELT Certificate from Bahçeşehir University. Since 2013, she has been working as an English Instructor in Higher Education. In September 2016, she started to work at Medipol University with the responsibility of forming and instructing the content for General and Vocational English classes.
Receiving Certificate of Proficiency in English from Bilkent University Sena completed her undergraduate education in English Translation and Interpretation Department in İzmir University of Economics between 2007 and 2011. In addition, She attended Certificate Programme for Pedagogical Training in Dokuz Eylül University in 2011. Prior to attending İstanbul Medipol University Language School, she gave General English and Academic English lessons in different levels in Manisa Celal Bayar University as well as Continuing Education Center. Moreover, working as a freelance translator Sena directed her interest especially on the translations of legal texts, EU texts, economic texts. She has continued to master programme in Translation Studies since 2017.
Serkan Yar graduated from Marmara University Translation and Interpreting Studies (English) and he got his Pedagogical Formation Certificate from Marmara University. Besides, he studies Media and Communication at Anadolu University. He worked in English Time and American Culture Language Schools before as an English Teacher. He has been teaching at Medipol University since 2015.
Sinem Sipahi Aykut graduated from Istanbul University, English Language and Literature Department in 2006. She completed Pedagogical Training in 2007 in Istanbul University. She is doing her master’s degree in Comparative Literature at Istanbul Bilgi University. She has been working at Istanbul Medipol University as an instructor since September 2015. Before Istanbul Medipol University, she has worked in Netron IT Academy, Doğa High School and Beykent University.
Şeyma Gezen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from Marmara University. She received the certificate of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language from Marmara University. Before İstanbul Medipol University, she worked as an English instructor at Nisantasi University. Şeyma Gezen has been working at Istanbul Medipol University since 2016.
Taner Akbaş studied French Language and Literature at Ankara University and English Language and Literature at İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University. He continues his postgraduate studies in the frame of “19th century English Travel Literature and Foreign Politics”. Instructor Taner Akbaş, who holds a CELTA degree (Certificate of English Language Teaching by Cambridge University), has been responsible of instructing and creating contents at the university level for the purposes of General English, Business English and Exam English since 2014.
Tuğba Begüm ABALI graduated from Middle East Technical University with High Honour degree. She participated in Comenius Language Assistantship Exchange Programme between the years 2012-2013 as language assistant for one year in Italy. She is still completing her master’s degree in Middle East Technical University in the field of Curriculum & Instruction. During her university years, she wrote and participated in many Europe Unioun projects in many European countries. In addition, she has advanced Italian and intermediate Spanish and German skills. Since September 2015, she has been working as instructor in Medipol University. Prior to Medipol University, she worked in Ankara at the University of Turkish Aeronautical Assiciation and Bahçeşehir University.
Tuğba Kaya completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Yıldız Technical University – English Language Teaching department. Before joining Medipol University, she took part in several exhibitions and organizations as an English interpreter and she worked at several language schools as an English teacher. She has been working as an English Instructor at Medipol University since September 2017.
Tuğçe Sarraç graduated from Ankara University English Language and Literature Department. She has Teaching English Language Certificate (Pedagogical Proficiency) from Yıldız Teknik University, Teaching Business English ve TESOL Certificates from International TEFL Corporation and Teacher Development Interactive Certificate from Hunter College City University of New York. Before working at İstanbul Medipol University, she worked as an instructor in İstanbul Kemerburgaz University, and as English teacher in English Time Language Course.
Vildan Rabia Uzun graduated from Marmara University where she studied English Language Teaching. Her first year of experience teaching English was at a high school and ISMEK (İstanbul Sanat Meslek Eğitimi Kursları). After her first year, she started to work as an English instructor at Nisantasi University Language School. Being a good team player with people skills she was also selected as a unit supervisor in the second term. Due to her interest in computers and technology integrated language teaching, she was also the online admin for Pearson My English lab on behalf of Nisantasi University. She also received a CPD Training certificate from PEARSON during her time here. Apart from being an English Instructor, she also has interests in programming, theatre, skiing, skating and psychology. She is also a big animal lover and takes pride in working and helping animals in any way she can.
Zeynep Keyif graduated from Hacettepe University, Linguistics in 2007. She also completed Pedagogical Training in 2007 in Hacettepe University and Cambridge ICELT Training in 2014. She has been working at Istanbul Medipol University as an instructor since September 2015. Before Istanbul Medipol University, she has worked in Bahçeşehir University and Gazi University.