|Gökay is about to head back to Istanbul after working on his English at NYLC.|
After spending six months in
City, Gökay Gokmen is ready to head back to Turkey to continue pursuing his goals and take the next step. He’s worked on his English here at and gained some confidence in his communication skills. Next on his agenda is to find
work in manufacturing engineering—his major field of study at university. He
will also continue his TOEFL preparation and shoot for scores that will get him
accepted to a Master’s degree program. New York Language
“I’m not sure yet,” he confesses. “I might study for an M.B.A. or engineering management.”
Either of the two degrees will eventually allow him to work for an international company in
his home country and be ready to travel
abroad and use his English skills. If everything goes as planned, he will
matriculate into a Master’s program next fall and be just a few years closer
to putting his language skills to use in a professional environment.
Gökay was born and raised in
the capital of Turkey, and
moved to Istanbul
to enter university. He’s been studying English since he was 10 years old and
actually studied at one-year preparatory English programs before starting both
high school and college to get his English skills up to the schools' standards—30 percent of his college courses were conducted entirely in English.
The English courses he had in
Turkey, however, were mostly
focused on grammar with very little speaking practice. As a result, although he did well
in school, he still lacked the confidence he wanted in using English on a
day-to-day basis. With goals for a Master’s degree and to work in the
international arena professionally, he wanted more lessons and more practice
with English, so he decided to pack his bags and spend several months in New York and at to gain some mastery
of the language. New York Language
At NYLC, Gökay worked as a marketing intern, helping the school create videos on social media and getting the word out about our programs and activities. In class, he started in level 6 (middle intermediate) and is now in the TOEFL class to work on his test-taking skills. In his six months at our school, he noticed improvements in his reading abilities. Getting the main idea has gotten much easier although extracting the details is still a challenge. He also noticed that his listening skills have improved and have made watching his favorite tv series—Breaking Bad, Dexter, and The Mentalist to name just three—easier and more fun.
|Gökay with fellow NYLC students Dilek|
& Antonio on his left and teacher Phil
& staff member Chan to his right.
His advice to fellow students, especially in the lower levels, is to keep up with the class work. He noticed that because of the intensive nature of the programs, there is a lot to learn and students need to study and do homework every day to get the most benefit from their classes. Making friends and spending time with classmates, of course, is also important. Gökay is happy to have met several friends at NYLC, with whom he’s practiced his speaking skills on a daily basis.
Gökay wishes he could have spent more time with native speakers during his stay in
New York and is now
thinking of ways to remedy this when he gets back to Turkey. Fortunately, Istanbul has plenty of English-speaking
foreigners on student exchange programs, so meeting someone and keeping his
English skills up shouldn’t be a problem and should help him practice and build
on what he has learned and acquired here.
We hope he continues to improve his English skills and use it perfectly one day, and we wish him the best in all his future endeavors.
-- written by Joe Yu, ESL instructor