How long have you been teaching for and how long for Cactus?
I have taught Turkish since 2001 and I have been a Turkish teacher in London for Cactus since 2015. I teach Turkish at the Cactus centre in London.
How long have you been living in the UK?
I have been living in the UK for 26 years.
How many countries have you been to?
I have been to about 18 countries, in Europe, Asia and North America. I lived for a while in Oman and Mexico.
What is your degree?
I have a BA Degree in German Language and Literature from Ankara and Gottingen. I also have a Diploma in Public Service Interpretation-English Law from Metropolitan, London.
Have you ever worked in another field?
I am also working as a Telephone Interpreter.
Do you have any specific language learning tips?
Language Learning Tips: find a song you like in the foreign language and translate the lyrics to English and keep listening and singing along, following the words (don’t choose an instrumental!).
Another tip: put sticky notes up around the house with words on – learn the vocabulary by heart.
What was your best teaching experience?
My best teaching experience: I had a deaf student. Despite the challenges I taught her to speak Turkish out loud quite clearly. She was so motivated, she used to write a diary for homework. She was my Language Hero.
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Frequently asked questions
What will I learn?
Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.
How do I know what level I am?
Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.
Do I receive a qualification or certificate?
At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)
Do I need a course book?
You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.