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Merve Basmaz

Merve Basmaz

Macmillan Education

ABSTRACT:
Storytelling is beyond the classroom. It’s an inseparable part of communication, and it’s part of our lives no matter where we come from. Stories are great sources to teach empathy, critical thinking, and cultural awareness. They create a bond between people by showing that we all have hopes, fears, ups and downs in life. In this workshop, we will have a look at some stories from other cultures and focus on ways to integrate them in the EFL classroom. Also, we will go through some hands-on activities that help our learners improve their cultural knowledge and smart reading strategies such as questioning, reflecting, and commenting. The workshop will benefit both new and experienced teachers.

BIODATA: Merve is an ELT content specialist and material developer at Unlimited Educational Services. Holding a B. A. in ELT from Bilgi University, she later received her CELTA from Kaplan International in Dublin, Ireland. Merve has been in the ELT field for nine years, and she has taught various levels, including preschoolers, primary schoolers, General English to adult learners, and English preparatory students in universities. Her interests include e-learning, instructional design, and material development. She is currently studying for her postgraduate degree at Aydın University in ELT.