After the dog days of summer, it was finally the first day of school. I was super excited about being a fourth grade student. One of the biggest reasons for this excitement was being able to take an English course for the first time. My cousin, Mehmet, was an English teacher and he taught me some basic words and forms of English during the summer, so I was feeling ready to learn English at school.
I was surprised when I saw Mr. Tayfun in our class, because he was our math teacher and it was supposed to be English class. It turned out that he was going to teach us English. Such a disappointment! I even did not like him in his Math class and it was obvious he was going to be worse in English class.
‘‘Children, he said, English is a really weird language. The spelling is the same, but the pronounciation is different.’’ He laughed. We were all like: ‘‘What is he talking about?’’.
Unfortunately, it was not a good start to learn this new language for me. During one year, I did not learn anything more than what my cousin had taught me that summer. Just simple words and some daily talk phrases that is all. Mr. Tayfun was aware that I was not happy. One day he told me I could do whatever I wanted in his English class, because I already knew everything he was doing in class. Then, I started to do my homework for other classes during his lessons. Even though Mr. Tayfun had not taught me anything, I respected him all the time. It was not his fault he had to teach this class. I was waiting my real English teacher desperately. Who knows, maybe she will come one day and teach me things that I never heard before?
Three years later, I was still waiting for her. Due to administrative reasons, I was in a different school, called...
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...met with my biggest nightmare, English. A year ago, I came to the United States for the first step of my study, language training. I attended very reputable English Language Program in the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). ELP was well organized program to teach English for foreign learners. Some of the instructor’s style reminded me Ms. Banu’s methods. Also, ELP was really helpful to adapt international students to the American college life. After eight months, I was ready to study in a graduate school in the US. I took all the exams scores that I need to apply American colleges. Finally, I got accepted by some school and I chose LSU.
Since last January, I am studying for my M.Ed. in Gifted Education. I know my eternal journey still goes on. I am twenty-five now and taking this class, here in LSU, and writing this paper so I guess that journey will never end.
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