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A journey on “NILE” ;)

I am an English instructor at Bahcesehir University Preparatory School, a freelance teacher trainer, a materials developer and a blogger. I just completed the online Intercultural Awareness in Language Teaching course of NILE and I feel so proud and glad to have finished it with a distinction.

I attended a face-to-face course at NILE earlier, but I learnt about the online ones after I was nominated for a scholarship by the British Council Turkey. I was so happy after receiving the news that I was chosen. Thanks to the British Council Turkey for giving me this great opportunity.

When the course started, I was a bit nervous because I thought it would only be composed of reading some documents, submitting tasks and writing comments to some open activities.

It seemed like a hard thing to continue for 60 hours because there was even a risk to lose the control and maybe give up.  After a couple of tasks, I saw that everything was interactive. We did not only read and write but also watched videos, recorded our own ones, gave feedback to each other and had fun too.

Being with colleagues from different parts of the world was great. We learnt from each other and shared our experiences. We also had a couple of webinars where we discussed the topics in some units and to be honest that was the time most of us felt that we were ‘real’ and that really improved the group dynamics.

Everything on the platform was user friendly, but there was a technical support team helped when needed. Another great thing about the course was the activities which were very well organized and planned. All the texts presented and issues raised were based on real life experiences and that was my favourite.

There was always a link between the course and our classrooms too. We always received immediate feedback and help from our great tutor Csilla Hös who was so encouraging, motivating and inspiring.

Well, that’s my little journey so far. Don’t forget that everything happens for a reason. I hope you now know why you are here and why you are reading this. All you have to do is to pick the course you would like to register. That is just going to be a door that will lead to many more new doors. Take the step and open the door to your dreams. It is just a click away…

Sending you all my best wishes from Istanbul, Turkey

This post was first published here.



  1. Dear Merve Hocam,
    How are you?I took your young learners course in myelt ,and it was an awesome course ,I learnt a lot which contributed to my teaching .I have a request from you if you would like to help. I am doing my Phd in bahcesehir university in English language and teaching department . I’m currently enrolled in emerging Technologies in education lesson . I need to contact with someone who experienced one of these subjects :gamification,robotics ,moocs and online learning,augmented reality or virtual reality in english education. I had an experience with AR so if you know someone or if you personally experienced AR or the other topics , could I hava a chance to work with you in this case study? Thank you for your contribution ,

  2. Dear Ms. Aslihan,

    Thank you for your positive feedback about the course I’ve given. Glad to hear from you. I replied you via email about the issue. Hope that helps.

    Good luck in advance ;)

  3. It’s great to see you!How are you doing these days? I hope you be fine.
    Best Regards