Behind the Scenes- Meet Doa

DoaLast month, we introduced you to our Moroccan provider, Karima. This month, we would like you to meet Doa, our provider from Turkey. Doa has sent us a variety of material to kickoff our second Country of the Month.

Doa ( Doga Gulgun Gunenc ) was born in Gaziantep, Turkey in 1966. She started learning English as a second language when she was 11 years old in Gaziantep Anadolu Lisesi.  In 1989, she graduated from Hacettepe University, in the English Language and Literature Department. Since then, Doa has translated many film scripts, cartoons and documentaries for TRT Turkish Television.  She also translated “The Gladiators”, a book about Roman history by Fik Meijer.

Doa is currently an English teacher in a public school. She has an 11 year old son and a 15 year old son. She enjoys coaching them in tennis in her free time.

In addition to her personal and professional life, Doa started translating for SCOLA in 2006. She currently prepares Insta-Class lessons in Turkish and provides additional learning material for different SCOLA projects.

Check out the information Doa shared for the Country of the Month by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ accounts!

Your Global News Source

It’s easy to stay up to date on local news. Whether you’re in your car listening to the radio, watching the nightly news, or browsing your daily newspaper, it’s everywhere. However, staying up to date on international news may not be as easy. Your local news stations and newspapers may not report on the international topics you care about, or maybe they report on it, but it is not as in depth as you would like.  No matter the issue, SCOLA is here to help.

You probably already know SCOLA services help with language learning needs, but they can also help keep you informed of worldly events. From nightly news casts on World TV Online to daily newspapers on Foreign Text, international news is frequently featured in many of our services.

osv promo     One current event making international news is the uprising in Turkey. The following is Doa’s account of the political uprising in Turkey and the description of the video she sent of a street demonstration, which can be viewed in On The Street Videos.

“Great Leader Ataturk made a lot of reforms between years 1922 and  1937.Before Ataturk the regime in Turkey was sultanate. Ataturk abolished sultanate in 1922 and founded Turkish Republic.  Religious courts were closed and civil law was accepted in 1926. He closed madrasas, the religious schools and opened national schools. Ataturk made a revolution for alphabet and Latin alphabet was accepted instead of Arabic letters. He made reforms for clothes of men and women.  People of Turkey left Arabic style of clothes and head scarf and they started to wear European clothes.  Ataturk encouraged the farmers and repaired the economic situation.  He also changed units of calendar, clock and measurement from Arabic into European units of measurement.  In 1930 women achieved voting rights. Ataturk made a very big modernization on every aspect of life in Turkey. He is the founder of Modern Turkish Republic.

All these happened about 90 years ago. But today’s government is trying to convert all the revolutions and they want to bring back the sultanate regime. As you may follow on international television news shows of most of the channels, there is an uprising in Turkey. Turkish youth is revolting against this Islamic government to get back our freedom.

Everything started when the government decided to build a shopping center instead of Gezi Park in Taksim. Young people put tents in the park and started to live in there. But the government attacked on them with water cannons and tear gas.  When the government attacked violently on peaceful people the anger of the public grew out more and more.

This violent scene has been going on for 18 days now  (today is 17th June 2013).  Instead of moderation, the government continues violence. The police has been throwing  hundreds of tear bombs to people on the streets and even into the hospitals and hotels. But Turkish people are determined. This revolt will continue until the Islamist government resigns.  ”

The video:

It is a general strike. There were workers, teachers, doctors, dentists and engineers in that crowd. I was one of them and I also called out those chants. On the first yellow sign is “Everybody should have Syndicate”

The people say:

“AKP (the governing party) go to hell, The Public to the Parliament”

“We stand side by side against Fascism”

“Don’t stand on the Grass Tayyip, you smash the grass, don’t be offended Tayyip but you look like a lamp” (Tayyip is the first name of the prime minister. Their party symbol is a lamp 🙂

Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is riot” (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANT)

“I’ve got kettles and pans, I’m a looter and I’m pretty cool” (Prime minister called most of the public as looters since they got out to street for riot and they started to make noise with kettles and pans.)

“The day will come, everything will be vice versa and AKP will be responsible for all the damage”

“This is just the beginning, struggle will go on”

Snapshot 1 (6-19-2013 9-24 AM)Also there were signs of the Unions

GENERAL WORKERS UNION

MERSIN DOCTORS UNION

ENGINEERS UNION

TEACHERS UNION

Doa requests SCOLA users keep informed of what is going on in Turkey. You can learn more about Turkey on our website at http://www.scola.org and all of our social media pages, as it is June’s country of the month.

An Inquiry in Language Learning: Part 2

Jason Shelton, the Command Language Program Manager for the 310st Military Intelligence Battalion in Phoenix, AZ, was a speaker at this years Users Meeting in May. Like Brian, Jason was kind enough to answer some questions about language learning.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for language learners today?
In the Army Reserve, our biggest challenge is keeping our foreign language skills sharp while only drilling one weekend a month.
What is the best tip you can give to language learners?
Language and culture go hand-in-hand.  Study both.  Immerse yourself in the language and culture.  Use as many authentic materials as you can.

Why is being multilingual important?
For us, it’s part of our job.  Regardless of our “Assigned” language, we often find ourselves in areas where we need to learn basic language and culture.  Sometimes a few words and a basic understanding of culture are the difference between mission success or failure, or even life and death.
What is the greatest benefit of using technology to learn a language?
It enables us to conduct language training/maintenance independently.  The options are vast and vary greatly.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the language field?
I took three years of German in high school and really enjoyed it.  When it was time to choose a career field in the military, being a linguist was a natural fit.

We thank Jason and Brian for the time they took to answer these questions. Stay tuned for more posts from language experts!