The Academic Staff working at our language school and departments at our university
Asiye Çelikkol received her Bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University, The Department of American Culture and Literature and she pursued and successfully completed her Master’s at Bilgi University, The Department of Comparative Literature. In 2011, she also completed the Pedagogical Formation Certificate program offered by Istanbul University. Before becoming a member of Istanbul Medipol University, she worked for Aydın University, School of Foreign Languages for four years and she was also employed in the position of Non-degree Group coordinator. She has been working as a lecturer at Istanbul Medipol University since September, 2017.
Ahmet Aslan is originally from Kahramanmaraş and he has been living in İstanbul since February 2017. He has a bachelor degree in English Language Teaching from Dokuz Eylul University in İzmir graduating in 2011, and more than five years of teaching experience. He has taught prep and vocational departments at universities such as Altınbaş, Piri Reis, Nişantaşı and Beykent. He has been working as an English Instructor at Medipol University since October 2020. His interests briefly include teaching English, participating Spoken Word evenings, book clubs, volunteering at non-profit organizations, being a critic and having curiosity about cinema, attending social events, galleries, and doing sports to keep his body fit as well as his brain and soul. As to personal career goals hopefully he also wishes to get CELTA, and Master’s on ELT. After that he wants to do (Interdisciplinary) like Theatre, Fine Arts. As a master’s degree he can start with Arts and Culture. He also has experience at NGOs as a volunteer like TOG/Community Volunteers Foundation and now he is trying to be a part of Istanbul and ‘I’ Community which is dedicated to spread volunteer culture by working with displaced and disadvantaged communities throughout the city. Having experiencing to be a volunteer at NGO’s in his university years and with the students that he taught at universities he has witnessed that essential changes in students’ lives and other partcicipants’ are inevitable in terms of common good of society. He was financially supporter of Unicef, AKUT, Greenpeace and follower of Tema – Öğretmen Akademisi Vakfı Türkiye – Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı – Sivil Toplum Geliştirme Merkezi – Europe Medist Trex-Evs – Aiesec.
Aleyna Şahin completed her bachelor’s degree on English Language and Literature at Istanbul Aydın University. She also received the certificate of English teaching from Istanbul Aydın University. Following her graduation, she worked at private language schools as an English Teacher. Since 2020, she has been working as an Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University.
Alpaslan Çiftçi has received his B.A. from Karadeniz Technical University, Department of Western Languages and Literature, and graduated with the highest honors. He also studied at the University of Lodz, Institute of English Studies in Poland as an Erasmus+ exchange student in 2017 and 2018. During his undergraduate studies, he presented his paper titled “The Existential Post-humanist Struggle in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go” at the 6th International KTUDELL Conference. Before joining Istanbul Medipol University as of 2021, he worked as a translator, English language teacher, and conference assistant.
Aslı Yükselici Aravi
Aslı Yükselici Aravi, received her BA Degree from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Communication Radio & Television Programming Department in 1991. The same year she started working at TRT İstanbul Television. In 1997, Aravi received her MA Degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College, Boston, USA. She graduated with honours receiving the “Graduate Dean’s Divisional” for her work in the area of Mass Communication. After returning to Turkey, she worked in various TV programmes and later decided to continue her career in Marketing and Corporate Communication. In concluding her corporate career in 2015, Aravi became a Corporate Instructor for English at Wall Street English Course. She conducts General English, Business English and Law English lessons. After receiving her TEFL Certificate in 2019 from The TEFL Academy, she worked as an English Instructor at Istanbul Aydın University Prep School for the scholastic year of 2019-2020. And since October 2020, Aravi teaches English at Istanbul Medipol University Prep School.
Ayşe Gizem Çiftçi attained her bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching at Anadolu University as a high honor student. She attained her master’s degree in the same department at Kocaeli University. More recently, she has been accepted as a doctoral candidate at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in English Language Teaching. Since 2017, she has been working as an English language instructor. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University, she worked at İstanbul Gelişim University for more than two years as an English language instructor, and she was also working at the Planning and Material Development Unit there. She has attended several ITI workshops including the ones such as ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning’ and ‘Implications of Learning Styles on Teaching Styles’. She joined Istanbul Medipol University in 2020.
Ayşe Kılıç received her BA degree from Uludağ University, English Language Teaching Department in 2011. The same year, after being accepted to the Comenius Programme, she went to Barcelona, Spain to work as an assistant teacher in a public secondary school. In the school, in addition to the regular language classes, she started sharing cultural features of Turkey and organizing events to do so. Meanwhile she also attended an intensive course to learn Spanish language. After completing her duty, she came back to Turkey and started to work in various language schools and private colleges. In these colleges, she also organized many drama events in English together with her students and she worked with various groups to attend one of the most prestigious global events among schools, Destination Imagination. In 2019, receiving a personal call from a former colleague, she started to work in Nisantasi University. After having many experiences with the students there, she wanted to be a part of the Istanbul Medipol University Language School team and have been teaching there since October 2020. Currently, she is studying for a master’s degree in English Language Teaching at Maltepe University.
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.
Baris has worked in the N.H.S (National Health Service) for over 15 years within various departments at a managerial level across the United Kingdom. He is also a qualified first aid responder. During this time, he obtained a CELTA qualification from Cambridge University. Once qualified, he moved abroad and taught first aid, medical and general English across various institutions, not only in Istanbul but in other countries too.
Berican Kutaruk graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade from Boğaziçi University in 2007. She completed her Master’s degree in English Language Teaching at Bahçeşehir University in 2015. She started her teaching career at a public primary school as an English teacher. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University, she worked as an English Instructor at Üsküdar University and Bahçeşehir University English Preparatory School. She is experienced in teaching English courses for general and academic purposes and preparing students for language proficiency tests. She started working for İstanbul Medipol University as of September 2018.
Burcu Piri graduated from İstanbul University, department of English language and Literature in 2004. She received her ELT certificate with pedogogical formation from İstanbul University, too. She is doing her Master on English Language Teaching (ELT) in Yeditepe University. She had worked as an English Teacher and Coordinator in different private schools for 15 years before she joined Medipol University Language School.
Burçin Sever graduated from Istanbul University Hasan Ali Yucel Faculty of Education, department of English Language Teaching with honors. She also studied as an exchange student at University of Pardubice in Czech Republic in 2018. She worked as an archivist at The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation voluntarily. After teaching in the speaking class prepared for the students whose departmental language is English at Istanbul University Language Club, she completed her intership at Vefa High School. She started to work as an instructor at Istanbul Medipol University in 2020.
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 Eliaçık
Cihad Furkan ELİAÇIK, his undergraduate degrees are respectively 1-) Gazi University– English Language Teaching, 2-) Anadolu University– International Relations and 3-) Altınbaş University – Faculty of Law (30% English). He completed his Master’s Degree in Özyeğin University – Institute of Social Sciences – Public Law. His Ph.D. continues in Istanbul Medipol University Institute of Social Sciences in the field of Public Law. He has a published book named “Cyber Security of Nuclear Power Plants in the Context of International Law“. There are various national / international projects that he participates / coordinates. He serves as “Expert Witness“ in Istanbul District Courts as public service. He is registered in the list of translator (ENGLISH) experts at the Ministry of Justice / Istanbul Judicial Court of First Instance / Justice Commission Precidency. Furthermore, he is the “Trustee in Composition” in the Istanbul Regional Board of Expertise. He was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard and MIT Universities. He is married and has 1 child.
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.
Derya Komar, graduated from Marmara University, Business Administration in 2011. After the graduation she switched her major to English literature and graduated from Istanbul University, English Language and Literature in 2018. During the undergraduate study, she did intership as a translator and completed the Pedagogical Formation Certificate program offered by Istanbul University. After getting the bachelor’s degree, she worked in Wall Street English and Dilko English as a lecturer. She has been working as a lecturer at Istanbul Medipol University since October, 2020.
Duygu has received her bachelor degree in English Language Teaching at Yeditepe University. She has also been a participant and a member in a drama association. She has studied on theories, practices related with creative drama technique in education. Within this association, she has volunteered in some social organisations and in creative drama conferences. She has worked at several private language schools as an instructor, exam practitioner and in exam preparation units. She worked at School of Foreign Languages in Marmara University before she started working at Language School, Medipol University. In Marmara, in addition to her classroom hours, she assisted students in extra- curricular activities such as school musical and general knowledge quiz shows. She attended an online teacher training program based on different ways to increase students’ motivation in 2019. Training program was organised by University of Oregon and American English E- Teacher. At the end of this e- training session, she presented her training and classroom experiences in 2nd International ELT Conference in Eskişehir Osmangazi University. Duygu has been working at Language School since October, 2020. Meanwhile she is still re-searching online teaching and learning. She is looking forward to beginning her masters degree program, soon.
Ebru (AYLANGAN) ESKİÇIRAK graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of English Language Teaching in 2008. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University, Ebru ESKİÇIRAK worked for Gazi University for about 10 years as an EFL instructor; member of Test Office and Program and Material Development Unit and as the Academic Coordinator. She gave general English lessons in prep school, Medical School and ESP lessons in Faculty of Architecture as well as TOEFL, IELTS, YDS and SAT courses. Ebru ESKİÇIRAK has been working as an English Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University since 2018-2019 academic year.
Ecem Mutlu graduated from Bogazici University English Language and Literature Department. She received her master’s degree in Psychology Department at Bilkent University. After her graduation, she worked in several universities. Since April 2019, she has been working as an English instructor as a member of Istanbul Medipol University Language School. Currently, she is also doing her PhD in Learning Sciences at Bogazici University.
Elif ERBAY completed her bachelor degree at Boğaziçi University where she studied Foreign Language Education. After graduating from the university, she started to work as an English instructor at Yeni Yüzyıl University. Currently, she is working at Medipol University Language School.
Elifnur Dayıoğlu completed her B.A. in English Language Teaching in Marmara University with an Honor Degree in 2018. The same year, she started her M.A in English Language and Literature in Yeditepe University. She is in her thesis stage and her thesis topic is “Ecofeminist Reading of American and Turkish Women Writers”. She started her career in Marmara University as a student assistant. She worked there until she graduated. Before working in Medipol University, she worked in Uskudar University as an English Instructor.
Emre Can Şenel
Emre Can Şenel graduated from TOBB University, English Language and Literature Department. During his bachelor’s degree, he worked at several places including TOBB ETU Foreign Language School as an intern. He is a master student in Karabük University English Language and Literature department since 2019. Emre Can Şenel who started his working life with several language courses continues his career at İstanbul Medipol University.
Enis Işık completed his B.A. in Marmara University, Department of English Language Teaching in 2016. His Master’s degree education continues at Yeditepe University English Language and Education Department. During his undergraduate education, he worked as a consultant and English tutor at a private ‘Business English’ institute. Following the graduation, he worked worked as an English teacher at secondary and high school levels in private schools for 3 years. Before Medipol University, he worked at Uskudar University as English Instructor and Testing Coordinator.
Ertuğrul Akın received his bachelor’s degree from English Language Teaching department at Istanbul University in 2017. He has worked as an English teacher for various schools since he started his teaching career at Robert College of Istanbul as a trainee English teacher in 2016. A few years later, he received the Fulbright scholarship from the government of the USA and completed his program working as a Fulbright FLTA at the University of Kansas in 2019. Before he joined Medipol University in 2020, he worked as an English instructor for a year at Şehir University. He is planning to pursue a master’s degree in Middle East Studies and Global Gender Policy.
Esma BAĞCI, graduated from Ege University where she studied English Language and Literature. Her first year of experience was at a corporate company. She started her academic career at the School of Foreign Languages at Nişantaşı University. She continued her career at Bahçeşehir College – Science and Technology High School. She joined English Immersion Program with her students in 2018, Ottawa. Before starting her career at Medipol University, she worked as a lecturer at Nişantaşı University at the School of Foreign Languages and faculty departments.
Esra Didem Aydın
Esra Didem Aydın graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Linguistics. She started her teaching career at Ankara University Preparatory School as an English Instructor. She also worked at Üsküdar University, as the Assistant Director of English Language School and Curriculum& Material Development Unit Coordinator. Before becoming a member of Istanbul Medipol University, she was employed as a Quality Assurance Director in an international company.
Esra Günseli Erol
Esra Günseli EROL received her bachelor’s degree from Marmara University, the Department of English Language Teaching (ELT) in 2018. She has worked as an English Language Instructor since her graduation. Before becoming a member of Istanbul Medipol University, she worked for Altınbaş University, School of Foreign Languages for two and a half years, and she was also employed as an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) content creator in terms of designing curriculum and materials. She has been working on several researches in the fields of ESP, ELT and Linguistics.
Ezgi Köse graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from Istanbul University after English Language and Literature education in the same university. She is doing her Master on the use of Gamification and FRP in English Language Teaching in Bahçeşehir University. Ezgi Köse worked as a lecturer in Aydın University before she joined Medipol University.
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 received CELTA certificate in 2016. She successfully completed her MA studies in English Language Teaching at Bahçeşehir University. Before joining Medipol University, she worked at Istanbul Kemerburgaz University.She has been working as an instructor at Istanbul Medipol University since 2016.
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. Currently, She is working on her PHD thesis on Management and Strategy at Medipol University. She has been teaching at Medipol since 2016.
Gamze Uçak graduated from Boğaziçi University, Foreign Language Education Department in 2014. She completed her master’s degree in Educational Technology at Boğaziçi University in 2019. For her master’s thesis, she designed an experimental online tool and studied the effects of strategy training given with this tool on reading comprehension, engagement, and metacognitive awareness of English language learners. She started Web Design and Coding in Anadolu University Open Education Faculty in 2020. She has been continuing Arizona State University TESOL Professional Certificate online course since 2020. She had worked in a language school and Istanbul Aydın University before she started working as an instructor at Medipol University in 2017.
Gaye Gözde Üstündağ
Gaye Gözde Üstündağ graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016. The same year she received her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from International Training Institute. She worked at Istanbul Aydın University before becoming an instructor at Istanbul Medipol University in 2019.
Gökçe Doğan Şaltan
Gökçe Doğan Şaltan finished her Master’s Degree at Istanbul University Social Sciences Institute in the department of English Language and Literature. She wrote 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 in 2010, she has had her CELTA certificate from Istanbul British Council since 2012. She has gone to Germany Eberhard Karls Tübingen University during her Bacherlor’s Degree with an Erasmus Scholarship and finished most of her studies of senior higher classes there in 1 year period of time. Just before she joined İstanbul Medipol University Prep School staff, she was the Academic Writing Center Coordinator and a Level Supervisor at various universities and worked as an Instructor there. She attended some qualified and distinct Language and Literature conferences and seminars abroad in the United States of America and Bosnia as Presenter and Senior Editor. Gökçe Doğan Şaltan has been working as an Instructor at İstanbul Medipol University Prep School since 2015.
Güngör Kiriş Uğuzluoğlu
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 eleven years ago as an English instructor and has continued nonstop. She did some research 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.
Güven Kimençe is a 2012 graduate of English Language & Literature department of Istanbul University. He had his Pedagogical Formation on English Teaching by the same institution. He worked at Istanbul Biruni University between 2014-2016. Since 2016, he has been teaching at Istanbul Medipol University Language School. He is an MA student at Istanbul Medipol University, Media & Communication Systems Department.
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.
İdil Işıkveren graduated from Boğaziçi University Foreign Language Education Department. During her study, she took elective Japanese courses in Boğaziçi university and at the end of 3 years, she was granted a scholarship to attend an exchange program in Japan. While studying International Relations and Political Science in University of Shizuoka, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in Shizuoka Municipal High School for a year. She is fluent in Japanese, French and learning Dutch. in 2017, She got first place in 26th Ankara Japanese Speech contest, awarded with Cultural Research trip in Japan. She did her Practicum teaching in İTÜ Development Foundation Ekrem Elginkan High School. After her graduation, she started working as a Project assistant and educator in a Non-governmental Organization in Brussels, Belgium. She designed and conducted creative workshops and English-speaking sessions for young people at risk of social exclusion while teaching Turkish/English to bilingual and trilingual children. She has a TESOL certificate received from Arizona State University.
Irina Shelenkova is a PhD and an Associate Professor. Most of her academic life she has spent working at Tambov State Technical University in Russia, teaching General English and ESP. She has administrative experience in the educational sphere. Irina Shelenkova was a member of Tempus project ‘Innovative Language Curricula in Technical Universities’, one of the authors of the coursebook ‘English for Academic Mobility’, awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the RF, and a co-author of ‘English for Academics: Book1’ (Cambridge University Press). Irina Shelenkova is the author of 38 articles and conference proceedings, 1 monograph, and 19 books. She started her work at Medipol University in 2019.
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. He is conducting his M.A. thesis on “Comparative Political Theories”.
I graduated with a BA in English Language Teaching from 9 Eylül University in 1992. Since my graduation, I have worked at various Language schools as English Teacher, IT companies as Educational Consultant and Universities as Instructor. I have been working at Medipol University, School of Language as English Instructor since 2014. I have completed my master’s degree courses in Political Science and started writing my thesis to complete the graduate degree program.
Kerem Başaran graduated from Kocaeli University English Language and Literature Department in 2017. From the same university, he received pedagogical formation. After that, he started working as an English teacher at Bahcesehir Ugur Schools in different age groups. Also, he worked as a private tutor in Dilko and American Culture Language Institutes. Then he obtained his CELTA certificate from ITI-Istanbul in 2019. He started working as an English instructor at Uskudar University. In 2020, he started his master’s degree program in English Language Teaching at Yeditepe University, and it is still in process. Since 2020, he has been working as an English language instructor at Medipol University.
Mehmet Ömer Dikbaş
Mehmet Ömer Dikbaş graduated from İstanbul Aydın University department of English Translation and Interpretation. He received his pedagogic formation certificate from the same university. After his graduation, he worked as a translator and interpreter at DenizBank Head Office. Since October 2020, he has been working at İstanbul Medipol University as an instructor.
Mehmet Polat Tacar
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 Material 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 (Center for Distant Education Programs) at İstanbul Medipol University since September 2017. He is studying Turkish Language and Literature Department at Anadolu University.
Meral Özge Adıgüzel
M. Ozge Adiguzel completed her B.A at Hacettepe University , German Language and Literature, in Ankara.Then She completed pedagogical formation certificate program at Marmara University, in Istanbul. Afterwards She received a TESOL certificate which is recognised globally( Teaching English for the speakers of other languages).She has worked both as an educational director and esl instructor at American Culture for 5 years professionally. The final institution that she has worked as an English Instructor is Sehir University .
Merve Cengizhan holds a bachelor’s degree from Hacettepe University department of English Language Teaching. She did her internship at Gloucestershire College International English Summer School, UK. She completed her master’s degree at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in the field of English Language Teaching. She worked as an English teacher at a language school before she became a lecturer at Medipol University in 2018. She completed the online teaching training program Classroom Kickstart funded by the US Embassy in 2020. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in English Language Teaching at Hacettepe University.
Merve Öztürk received her B.A. in English Language and Literature at Çankaya University in 2014. She had her first teaching experience in Colombia for a year of teaching project. Returning to Turkey, she worked at Altınbaş, Doğuş and Üsküdar University, respectively. She is a Celta (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) holder. She has been a member of Medipol University since September 2019. Currently she is studying for a master’s degree in English Language Teaching at Maltepe University.
Mihriban Hilal Şahan
Mihriban Hilal Şahan, having obtained her bachelor’s degree as an ‘Honor Student’ in Foreign Language Education Department of Boğaziçi University, is currently working on her master’s degree in the same field at Yıldız Technical University. In the spring term of 2016, as an Erasmus-Exchange student, she studied in the Philology Department at University of Szczecin in Poland. After her graduation in 2017, she started working as an English Instructor and she joined Medipol University’s Preparatory School family in February 2020.
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.
Muhammed Yamout is a college-level English instructor who has mainly been teaching advanced learners and prepares them for international exams such as TOEFL & IELTS since 2015 at Dialogue Language Schools. Worked as a teacher trainer and curriculum developer for two years at BritishTown. He started working at Medipol University in 2020. Muhammed believes that perseverance and single-mindedness allow us to fulfill the aspiration of becoming a better version of ourselves and thus everyone should invariably be enamored of working on their CPD which is not only a fundamental part of academic excellence, but it also enhances one’s critical thinking in every aspect. He has also been nominated Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years. Muhammed holds an international Canadian Diploma to teach English for speakers of other languages from Uni Prep institute, a Cambridge CELTA and a teacher trainer certificate from the TESOL International Association in which he has been a global member for four years. Muhammed is doing his DELTA now and planning on doing Master’s Degree in Language Acquisition and Teaching English as a Foreign Language afterward.
I graduated from Boğaziçi University, Foreign Language Education Department in 2018. During my bachelor studies I started teaching English at Dialogue Language Schools. I worked with learners from all ages for five years at that school. I worked as an English Instructor at Nişantaşı University, teaching skills to learners from various departments for 1 year before I started working in the Preparatory School of Medipol University in 2020.
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. During his career, he has attended numerous seminars and series of workshops on ELT. He is currently carrying on his MA studies in Sociology.
Mürselin Taşan graduated from Kocaeli University, the department of English Language Teaching in the year 2014. Taşan completed her master’s degree as the top student in the department of English Language Education at Bahcesehir University. She received her CELTA in California, the USA and successfully completed her training with a PASS B. Followings are the certificates and the qualifications of Taşan; Breathing Coaching Certification, Teaching English for Academic Purposes, Training the Trainer, Creative Teaching, Teaching Skills in Language Education, Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language. The lecturer also participated in numerous seminars, webinars and conferences. Mürselin Taşan has worked in several private institutions since the year 2014. Additionally, she was an ESL volunteer teacher in California, the USA in multinational settings. Mürselin Taşan has been pursuing her academic career in Medipol University since 2020.
Neslihan Doğan, completed her Undergraduate Degree at Dicle University, Department of English Language Teaching. Following her graduation, she worked at Turkish state schools for nine years as English Language Teacher, during which she initiated and managed many social responsibility projects as well as volunteering for additional lessons to students. After receiving the TESOL Certificate from King George International College in 2014, she started to work as a Lecturer in Prep Schools of various universities. After working as a part-time Lecturer at Yıldız Technical University between 2015-2020 and later as a full-time Lecturer at Altınbaş and Nişantaşı Universities, she started to work at Medipol University as of Fall-2020 term. She also holds many certificates from in-service training programs at the universities she has worked before.
Neziha Vatansever Çakır completed her B.A. at the Department of English Language Teaching at Gazi University, Ankara. After graduation, she got the scholarship of UN Comenius Language Assistantship and worked as a trainee teacher in a public school in Spain for a year. Following some translation and tutoring jobs at various companies and schools, she started to teach at Bezmialem Vakıf University in 2013. She has been giving TOEFL, general English, English for academic purposes, English for specific purposes (in the fields of architecture, medicine and medical secretaryship) lessons in Medipol University since 2015.
Nimetullah Yaşar received his Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Language Education from Boğaziçi University in 2007. He worked at Bilkent University and Beykent University before he joined İstanbul Medipol University in 2013. He has been teaching at İstanbul Medipol University since then.
Nüket Kantürk has her Bachelor’s Degree in Translation&Interpreting (English) at Okan University and her second Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature at Istanbul University. She received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate from Marmara University and she is doing her third Bachelor’s Degree in Translation&Interpreting (German) at Marmara University, too. She’s still working as a freelance translator in the fields she’s specialized in, such as subtitling, media, literary and academic translation. After she had taught English at Istanbul Gelisim University for five and a half years, she started to work as an English Language Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University in September, 2020.
Onur POLAT graduated from Mersin University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of English Linguistics in 2010. Here, he involved in the formation stage of the first Turkish Language Corpus which was conducted by University of Mersin in Turkey. After working in the field of Forensic Linguistics during his studies, he started his business life by teaching English with cognitive methods in a company based on Cognitive Learning methods in Istanbul and at the same time he took the task of education coordinator of this company. After opening his own company under the name of Akademi7, he organized Turkish language trainings for foreigners in addition to English language services, professional English, aviation language trainings, YDS, TOEFL, and IELTS courses for the personnel of many organizations within the scope of corporate agreements. Finally, in 2016, he took faculty-based general English and professional English lecturer tasks and helped preparing course contents for general and vocational English classes at Istanbul Medipol University.
Ozgenc Aktas-Kocak received her bachelor’s degree from Hacettepe University, English Language Teaching department. She continued her post-graduate studies in the field of Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University. After she received her master’s degree, she continued working as an academic advisor in the same university. She then moved to Memphis, Tennessee to take various roles at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research institutions. She worked in Academic Program Office as a database, and NIH Training Grant Applications Coordinator at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital before joining Istanbul Medipol University in September 2019.
Özlem ADHAMİ 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. In addition, she translated many academic studies from Turkish 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 ADHAMİ has been an instructor at Istanbul Medipol University – Language School as of 2017, September, and taking an active role in European Union projects as of 2019.
Özlem Biçici has started her bachelor’s degree at Başkent University in 2004 and completed it at Selçuk University and graduated in 2008. After graduating she has worked as a lecturer at universities. Between 2010-2014 she has worked as a lecturer at Afyon Kocatepe University. At the same university she has completed her master’s degree in Educational Sciences Department in the field of Education Programs and Teaching. She has worked as a lecturer at Istanbul Aydın University and Beykoz University, too. In addition, she has taught General English and Business English lessons at various language schools and colleges. She has computer, diction and language teaching certificates. She has TOEFL certificate and she has taught TOEFL exam preparation lessons. In the 2019-2020 academic year she has started to work as a lecturer at Medipol University.
Özlem İlyas graduated from Boğaziçi University, the Department of Translation Studies in 2013. She worked as a freelance translator and translated books in the field of social sciences for various publishing houses. Before joining the Language School of the Istanbul Medipol University, she worked as an instructor of English at another university for two years. She completed her MA studies at the Department of Sociology in Boğaziçi University in 2019. Currently, she continues her PhD studies at Atatürk Institute of Modern Turkish History at the same university.
Pelin Ayten Yaz Güneş
Pelin Ayten Yaz Güneş majored in American Culture and Literature at Bahçeşehir University with ÖSYM scholarship and completed her degree with high honor; she also minored in Political Science and International Relations. She joined the student exchange program and studied African-American Studies at Syracuse University, New York, the U.S.A. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Bahçeşehir University. She has been teaching English for eight years in different universities and she has been working for Medipol University Preparatory School since 2015. She earned her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) Certificate from International Training Institute, Istanbul.
Pınar Arıpınar completed her Bachelor’s Degrees in French and English Teaching at Marmara University Atatürk Education Faculty. She received her CELT-S certificate from International Training Institute. Since September 2019 she has been working as a lecturer at IMU.
Tutku Kançıkmaz holds an LLB degree from London Southbank University in the department of Law. She also has an LLM degree in International Law from London Metropolitan University. Upon her relocation to Turkey, Ms. Kançıkmaz completed her CELTA in the Izmir University of Economics. She has worked in the International Relations Department of Pamukkale University between 2008-2010. Ms. Kançıkmaz then worked in Plato College of Higher Education as the Head of International Relations between 2010-2012. She began working as an Instructor of English in Istanbul Aydın University’s English Preparatory School in 2012 and began her MA in English Language and Literature in the same institution in 2013. As of September 2017, she has joined Istanbul Medipol University as an English Instructor. She is also a faculty member in the Law Faculty of Istanbul Medipol University.
Sakine Rana Ayhün completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations at İstanbul 29 Mayıs University in 2018 and her double major in Translation and Interpreting (English) at İstanbul 29 Mayıs University in 2020. She started her Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations at İstanbul Şehir University in 2018. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on the topic of “The Impact of the British Media on Islamophobia” at Marmara University. She has been working at Medipol University since October 2020.
Selen Şahin graduated from Istanbul University, Department of English Language and Literature in 2015. She worked as an preparatory school instructor in various universities in Istanbul such as Beykent University, Nişantaşı University and Üsküdar University. She joined İstanbul Medipol University in 2019. She is currently doing her MA on the field of Translation Studies at İstanbul 29 Mayıs University.
Selin Nur Hürmüz
Selin Nur Hürmüz received her Bachelor’s degree in English Language teaching at İstanbul University in 2016. She completed her Master’s degree in History and Oriental Studies at University of Bologna with 4.0 GPA in 2017 where she served as a project assistant in summer school on Global Studies and Critical theory-Planetary Urbanscapes. She had the opportunity to work with world-famous academics before joining Medipol University. She worked for different institutions as an EFL and ESL teacher based in Italy, Turkey, and the UK. Her research interests include mainly contemporary urban landscapes of the Middle East as well as gender studies.
Semanur GENCAN 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. Since September 2016, she has been working as an English Instructor at Istanbul Medipol University for General and Vocational English.
Semih PALA graduated from Ege University English language and literature department in 2006. Before his graduation, he attended TESOL certificate program by Ege University in 2005. After his graduation, he started to work in Ege University School of Foreign Languages for 6 years. He set up and provided consultancy for firms in the field of academic, medical and legal English. He completed training programs on translation and NLP. He is the translation editor or translator of 4 books and 124 SCI index medical and legal papers. His field of expertise and interests are medical translation, OET, TIPDIL-YOKDIL( Medical English Proficiency Exam), IELTS exam preparation apart from medical and legal translation trainings and educations for healthcare & legal entities. He has been a member of Medipol University since 2020.
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.
Seval Taşyaran graduated from English Language Teaching Department at Istanbul University in 2007. She’s been at her master’s thesis stage at Educational Administration and Supervision Departmen at Educational Faculty of Istanbul University. She worked at Haliç University as a full time English Lecturer at Preparatory Department for 8 years. Due to having given birth, she resigned from her position and after that, she continued teaching as part time at İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University for two years. She got a certificate of Creative Writing given by Academician and Author Murat Gülsoy at Lifelong Learning Center at Boğaziçi University. Besides, she took part in several photography exbitions as a member of 40 Haramiler Photography Project Group after having completed Professional Photography Training.
Sevim Sevda Çorumlu received her undergraduate education in Economics and has a Post Graduate Diploma in International Political Economy from Manchester University. She attended various courses in UK including General English. She worked as a freelancer translator and interpreter in both UK and Turkey.She has experience in translating legal,political,academic papers.
Sinem Sipahi Aykut
Sinem Sipahi Aykut graduated from Istanbul University, English Language and Literature Department in 2006. She completed Pedagogical Training in 2007 in Istanbul University. She started Sociology Department, at Istanbul University Auzef in 2018. 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.
Şenay Çaylan completed her bachelor’s degree in English Teaching at Marmara University. She completed her MA degree in Education Management and Auditing at Yeditepe University in 2012. She has still been doing her doctorate in Business Administration at Maltepe University. She is studying on enhancing Employability and Critical Thinking skills at K-12 education and IB Program.She also attended a program on Human Rights &Ethical Values at Uskudar University between 2015 – 2018 and has a certificate.She started as an English teacher at Bahçeşehir College in between 2002-2004. Then she started to work as a school principal and then as an International Relation Coordinator at Doga Schools between 2004 and 2017. Before being a member of Istanbul Medipol University she worked as an English Instructor at Gelişim University.
Şeyma Gezen Kanacı
Şeyma Gezen Kanacı completed her bachelor’s degree at Marmara University, English Language Teaching Department. 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. She has been working at Istanbul Medipol University since 2016. She continues with her MA studies at 29 Mayıs University, the Department of Translation Studies.
After graduating from Marmara University ELT Department, I started to work at language courses with adults and at a secondary school with children. Deciding on my path, I have been working for various universities’ prep schools for twelve years now. I have always looked for ways to improve myself academically, attended so many webinars & workshops within these twelve years, from various academic ELT programs. I started to work for Medipol University on September 2020, and hopefully will be a part of the team for a long time.
Taner Akbaş studied French Language and Literature at Ankara University and English Language and Literature at İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University. He completed his MA 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 2015.
Tuğba Begüm Abalı
Tuğba Begüm ABALI graduated from Middle East Technical University English Language Teaching Department as Honour Student. She worked as Comenius Language Assistant in Italy for one year. After graduation she started Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Program at Middle East Technical University. In addition to English, she is at an advanced level of Italian and intermediate level of Spanish and German. She has been teaching at Medipol University since 2016 and prior to IMU she worked at THK and Bahçeşehir University. Lately she started her own brand which develops language learning materials for language students.
Tuğçe Aras Vural
Tuğçe Aras Vural received her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Aydın University, The Department of English Language and Literature in 2012 and she’s currently receiving her master’s degree from the same University and same department. She also completed the Pedagogical Formation Certificate program offered by Yeditepe University. Before becoming a member of Istanbul Medipol University, she worked for Altınbaş University, School of Foreign Languages for two years and she was also employed as a member of Testing and Assessment Unit and in the position of level coordinator. She has participated in ELT and ELL conferences and European Union projects in Austria and Germany on behalf of non-governmental organizations such as SCI.
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 and TESOL Certificates from International TEFL Corporation and Teacher Development Interactive Certificate from Hunter College City University of New York. Before joining in İstanbul Medipol University in 2015, she worked as an instructor in Altınbaş University and as English teacher in English Time Language Course.
Utku Gürel holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English Language & Literature. He received his CELTA from International Training Institute in 2014. Before joining İstanbul Medipol University in 2017, he worked as an instructor at other universities & vocational colleges and as an English teacher at language schools.
Ümran Omaç graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language Teaching from Marmara University in 2018. The same year, Ümran started to her teaching career as an instructor at Hasan Kalyoncu University English Preparatoy School. Before being a member of Medipol University, she had been working as an instructor at Yeni Yüzyıl University Preparatory School for a year. Currently, she is studying for her MA Degree at Yeditepe University in the field of English Language Teaching. She has been working for İstanbul Medipol University since December 2020.
Vildan Rabia Yar
Vildan Rabia Yar graduated from Marmara University where she studied English Language Teaching. Her first year of experience teaching English was at a high school and ISMEK. After her first year, she started to work as an English instructor at Nişantaşı 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 Nişantaşı University. She also received a CPD Training certificate from PEARSON during her time here.
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.