• 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.Read more...

    0 comments | 12 February 2015 | Guest Blogs | Merve Oflaz
  • I’ve recently finished reading China Miéville’s novel Embassytown, and while not usually a science fiction fanatic, I found it alternately baffling and fascinating.

    The book hinges around an alien race’s unusual language, which does not divide words into signifiers and referents, but is instead a direct function of their consciousness.

    In the aliens’ language there is an inherent bond between each word and the thing it represents: their words are their meanings.

    This left me scratching my head about quite how such a thing would be possible, and also threw me back to thinking about the philosophy of language.Read more...

  • The first in a series of guest blogs from leading lights in the ELT community. Blogging for NILE is an opportunity to explore new ideas and ask big questions; and you can get involved in the discussion by commenting below.

    'Kicking us off' is Chris Rose discussing how football - and English - are taking over the world.Read more...