First things First
Well, first let me say hello to all of you out there and a big thank you to those on the BBC Learning English Team for giving me this great opportunity to take part in this very exciting project!
It’s strange for me to think that I’m actually doing this type of internet based activity. I was recently told that I’m a “digital immigrant” at a conference on ELT and Technology (ELT is an acronym for English Language Teaching). Apparently, this is a term to describe those of us who grew up without using technology but started using it later in life. And you know, it really doesn’t seem so long ago when my then girlfriend laughed at me because I thought I could only access my personal email account from my computer at work because I had opened the account on that computer!!! Actually, that was 11 years ago, during my second year in Turkey and my then girlfriend, Mehpare, is now my wife (and yes, she still laughs at me…).
Well, anyway, here I am, Teacher Blogger (what a weird and wonderful title!) for the BBC, my Mum will be proud!! (by the way, do you know what that is an acronym for???)
Well I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I’m quite tired from partying all day yesterday with my beautiful daughter Nehir Irene (Nehir means River in Turkish and Irene means peace in Greek). It was her birthday yesterday! She’s 2 years old now. Time really flies doesn’t it! It seems like only yesterday that she was born.
Before you go though, how about tackling a few questions that I’ve set below. Come on, you’re here to learn aren’t you? So get your thinking caps on and take up the challenge.
I’m addressing all of you who are reading this, not just Marvin who, I’m told, will be the Student Blogger this month. One of the best ways to improve your language skills is to study how native speakers use the language for yourself. So what are you waiting for? Study how I have used my English here to express myself!
By the way, Marvin, I’m really looking forward to our correspondence!
Gule gule! As they say in Turkey (it means “go laughing!”)
What do you think you know about me now? Write down 3 things that you definitely know about me and 3 things that you can guess. Give your reasons for these guesses!
2. Guessing from context – find these words in the blog and try to guess the meaning
What is an acronym? Give an example of an acronym you know.
my then girlfriend - What does then mean in this context?
3. Developing lexis (words and phrases)
Find three phrases that mean "Time has passed but I didn’t notice!"
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