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ATA-HOUSTON TURKISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Starts online on October 15th, 2022 with 5 different classes for kids and adults!
Email: school@atahouston.org

Mission

ATA-Houston Turkish Language School is a non-profit institution operating under ATA-Houston that aims to help our students to be individuals with pluralistic values, respectful of different cultures and democratic values, under the guidance of Atatürk’s principles and reforms.

Its primary aim is to teach the values of Turkish culture and the Turkish language to the students and to contribute to raising world citizens who respect individual differences.

Program Information

We’re excited for all children between the ages of 8 and 13 to join us at the ATA-Houston Turkish Language School every Saturday between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

We’re excited to open Turkish Language classes at ATA-Houston for adults. The classes will begin the week of October 15th. There will be 2 options for the classes for you to pick based on your schedule:

Thursdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (October 20th – December 22th) – 10 weeks
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (October 15th – December 24th) – 10 weeks
ATA-Houston Turkish Language School curriculum is based on a communicative approach. The learning engagements are designed around three aspects of language learning:
  • Learn the language
  • Learn about the language
  • Learn through the language
Thus, students will not only learn Turkish but will also learn about Turkish cultural heritage in a creative and fun way. In addition, students will be provided developmentally appropriate opportunities with using the language in different disciplines that reflect in their daily lives. We will celebrate our kids with an end-of-the-year performance.

Before the semester starts, all students will go through an assessment to identify their Turkish language levels. In addition to this, parents will fill out a questionnaire about their student/s personality as a learner and Turkish language skills.

Classes

Ages 8 – 10 | Ages 11 – 13
The classes will open when we reach the minimum class size of 5 students.
Regular attendance is necessary for a successful Turkish Language School experience. Students who did not attend three or more classes in each semester may lose their spot.

Our Team

Özlem Madi-Şişman
School Director
Dr. Ozlem Madi-Sisman is the director of ATA Houston Turkish School. Currently, she is serving as a professor in the department of political science and Director of the International Affairs Internship Program and Center for International and Comparative Studies at the University of Houston.

Dr. Madi-Sisman is bringing her copious international administrative and teaching experience that she gained in various institutions in different countries in the last twenty years to ATA Houston Turkish School. At the institution, she is in charge of administration, curriculum, teacher hiring, student enrollment, and public relations.

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Jale Kaya Aker
Teacher
Jale Kaya Aker completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marmara University in the field of educational sciences. She has been working as a teacher of Turkish language and literature in Istanbul for 12 years under the Ministry of National Education.

She works in different fields with certificates in project leadership, storytelling, and Turkish folk dance instructor.

She is a dancer who has participated in international dance festivals in different countries. She plays baglama as an amateur.

She gives private lessons in exam preparation and Turkish teaching.

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Ezgi Dadas
Ezgi Dadaş
Teacher
Ezgi Dadaş, graduated from Bursa Uludag University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature. She has a pedagogic formation certificate. After graduation, she worked as a Turkish teacher at a private institution. In 2018, she started her master’s degree in the Turkish Education department. Her thesis was selected and supported as a Scientific Research Project by the Social Sciences Institute. She took part in the Quality Coordination Unit of the university, where she received a master’s degree. She received education in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language at Marmara University. As a result of this training, Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language received the certificate. She works at Bursa Uludag University Turkish Teaching Practice and Research Center. She is a Turkish teacher since 2019 at Uludag University. She also worked at Yunus Emre Institute. In this institution, she gave online lessons to students.

In 2020, at Bursa Uludag University Turkish Education department started her doctoral education. Continuing her doctoral education. During her master’s degree and doctoral education, she has worked in many symposiums and congresses at home and abroad, and has presented verbal statements. Written in the field she has many articles and studies. She is among the authors of a textbook prepared for the institution she works.

Ezgi teacher is a teacher who loves to dance, sing, travel, and take photos. She was interested in salsa and tango dances for many years. She has a special interest in the art of marbling. For this reason, she received a certificate of marbling art from a course approved by the Ministry of National Education.

Registration

Our pre-registrations for the 2022-2023 Education and Academic Year have started.
Adult & Kids Class FeesATA-Houston MembersNon-Members
Annual Registration Fee$25$35
One Semester (10 weeks)$150$170
To apply the member discount, please enter the email address associated with your ATA-Houston account as the promo code on the Eventbrite checkout screen.
Please note, payments are due by registration.

The registration and semester fee will be returned if the class will not open due to the number of students/teachers. If you cancel your registration at least 30 days before the school start, you will get a 50% refund of the semester fee, the registration fee is non-refundable.

Students

To enroll in the 2022-2023 semester, please click here. 

Teachers

If you are interested in teaching at ATA-Houston Turkish Language School and have a teaching degree, please send your resume and a cover letter to: president@atahouston.org