Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia

Earlier this evening at an event hosted by the International Museum of Women, and held at San Francisco’s World Affairs Council, four Muslim women from the Bay area discussed their experiences as Muslim women in the US in a post-9/11 world, in a time where a young girl (Malala Yousafzai) has become a symbol for the strength of Muslim women and girls. Continue reading Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia

Gender Dynamics in Communication and Body Language

I was really excited today when I happened to come across this post, “Some Friend Advice for Female Graduate Students,” on a blog I recently starting following, Feminism and Religion, because the author of the article was a professor that I had as an undergrad! I took a class with her called Women, Ethics, and Religion, that I absolutely loved. Continue reading Gender Dynamics in Communication and Body Language

My Last Trip in Turkey: the Southeast and Trabzon

It’s hard to believe, but my time in Turkey is very quickly coming to an end. On Monday I’ll fly up to Istanbul to spend a few days there before I head back to the US early Thursday morning. Since I’ve finished teaching for the year, I’ve had a little bit of time to travel to places that are more out of the way for me. I’d been wanting to see more of southeastern Turkey since my quick weekend trip to Hatay and Gaziantep, so I thought this would be the perfect time to go, despite the heat.  Continue reading My Last Trip in Turkey: the Southeast and Trabzon

Spring Travel Updates!

Well I guess I haven’t updated this in quite some time! Over the last couple months I’ve been traveling all over Turkey just about every weekend. It has been a lot of fun, although also really exhausting. Some of the cities I have visited are: Didim, Davraz, Laodikya, Eskişehir, Bodrum, Konya, Kapadokya, Hatay, Gaziantep, Çanakkale, Troy, Bursa, and Efes (Ephesus). I think it’d be hard to write about each trip, so instead I’ll just write a little about some of my favorite places.  Continue reading Spring Travel Updates!

Review of “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor

Although I do not have any special interest in law, “My Beloved World” was still a great read for me, and could be for anyone interested in how a very accomplished person got to where she is, especially as a woman and racial minority. Using stories from her childhood and adulthood, Sotomayor describes her journey to the Supreme Court, starting from the projects in the Bronx and navigating through her college years and her early days as a prosecutor and judge. Continue reading Review of “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor

My Favorite Classroom Activities for Teaching English

Since I am only teaching conversation classes at Pamukkale, I have the freedom to try creative activities in the classroom, which is sometimes great to be able to try new things, but it can also be challenging when you’re unsure of how well something will actually work. With each lesson, my goals are to 1) make class fun for the students and for myself, 2) create opportunities for students to practice speaking, and 3) make students feel comfortable speaking in front of the class. It’s challenging to meet all three goals with each lesson, mostly because with so many students in each class (generally around 20) and with only 45 minutes, it’s not realistic to expect that everyone will have a chance to speak at length. I often find that the activities that are the most fun don’t give the class much of a chance to speak, or that the activities that require more speaking aren’t as fun. But, I try my best, and at the very least the class can listen to me talk (I sometimes hear them repeating phrases that I’ve just said when it’s something they haven’t heard before). To give an idea of some of the activities that I’ve used, here are a few of my favorites that have worked really well: Continue reading My Favorite Classroom Activities for Teaching English

A Typical Day Teaching in Denizli

I’ve probably already told most people what my life teaching English in Denizli is like, but I thought I’d give a quick summary anyway.

The university I work at is Pamukkale University, just a short walk from where I live. The campus has a nice background, located at the foothills of the mountains.

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Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu (School of Foreign Languages) Continue reading A Typical Day Teaching in Denizli