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Introducing American Culture at a National School in Turkey

English Language Fellow Melissa Van De Wege gave an interactive presentation about the United States to students at Bahcesehir Koleji, a private K-12 school that is a part of a national school system in Turkey. The presentation was the conclusion to a week-long learning series about U.S. Topics, which included American geography, food, pop culture, history, and the English language. The students were actively involved in the activities and discussions, and they were eager to continue learning about the U.S. and American culture.
After the presentation, the students gathered into groups and shared new things they had learned about the U.S. They were excited to be able to interact with a native English speaker and eager to continue practicing their English outside of the classroom. They came away with more confidence in their language abilities and appreciation for American people and culture. “I’m so proud of my students. They were so involved and speaking English so well. I’m excited to see them again on Monday and talk more about what they learned and tell them how proud I am of their eagerness to participate and their confidence when they were speaking,” said Gulcin Yuceer, the head of Bahcesehir Koleji’s English Language Department.

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