06.03.2019 tarihinde Üniversitemiz Merkez Kampüs Kongre ve Kültür Merkezi Ana Salonda, Bölümümüz öğretim üyesi Dr. Mustafa Kırca’nın “EF Education First” ile yürüttüğü işbirliği sonucunda “Teacher on the Road” adlı eğitim programı düzenlenmiştir. Programa İngiltere’den katılan Damian O’Connell, öğrencilerimiz ile örnek bir ders yapmış ve onların ilgilerini çekecek ve İngilizce öğrenme isteklerini artıracak “Pronunciation using the “third ear” how to identify sounds and how to reproduce them also using the phonetic chart” konulu inter-aktif bir ders sunumu gerçekleştirmiştir; ardından eğitimcinin eğitimi kapsamında “How to add more depth to vocabulary learning and how first language speakers and second language speakers learn new vocabulary differently” konulu İngilizce öğretim elemanlarına yönelik yine inter-aktif bir “workshop” çalışması gerçekleştirilmiştir.

Mütercim-Tercümanlık Bölümü öğrencilerinin ve hocalarının tamamının katıldığı bu program, öğrencilerimizin dinlemekten zevk aldığı ve akademik açıdan yararlandığı bir etkinlik olmuştur.

On March 6th, we had the chance to listen to Damian O’Connell’s speech. His British accent really made me listen to the speech carefully. I focused on how he uttered every single word since we hardly see native people around us as Turkish students. So, it was a great chance to know and listen to him. In the very beginning of his speech, he made us watch a video about a guy whose speaking can be barely understood because he was speaking too fast and he was swallowing some words. Then Damian talked about why he made us watch the video. He taught him -the speaking guy in the video was Damian’s cousin- how to speak fluently and “normally”. After the video, he made us think of “our bedroom”. He said go to your room, close the door etc. He said only you can go there and remember it quite vivid. He did this because he was trying to teach us what he called the “third eye”. The third eye, as far as I have understood, is something to do with our memory and brain. The way he taught and explained was pretty interesting. After a while he showed us a table describing the phonetic alphabet. Before his speech, I did not understand the phonetic alphabet’s importance, but to speak accurately, to utter words as natives do, one must need to know this alphabet. It really helps you understand. For instance, as Turkish people, we really have hard time when it comes to ‘th’ sound. Like this, he clearly explained many other sounds.

Also, he was really good-humored, making us laugh several times. It was an interactive speech, he asked several questions to us, inviting some people to the stage and he walked around the hall all the time. It was fun watching and listening to him and also it was educative.

Rana Zengingönül, Senior student
Çankaya University Translation and Interpreting Studies Department

Damian O’Connell, as Scholar on the Road, brings creativity and humor to 
English language acquisition and expansion. No student will forget to 
use their ‘third eye’ in improving pronunciation and vocabulary 
building.

 Yvonne Perches, Instructor
Çankaya University Translation and Interpreting Studies Department