Asst. Prof. Dr. Alper ŞAHİN

alper.sahin@atilim.edu.tr

Dear Students,

In our developing and ever changing world, the way of living and needs of humanity are changing and developing, as well. The need for cutting tools in the Paleolithic era has now been replaced by multi-core computers. Computers have also suffered from the change. The computers of that period, which hardly fit into a room that needed days to do just a tiny mathematical operation at the time, were replaced by multi-core computers that can do many complex calculations at the same time in the blink of an eye. 

In spite of all these changes and developments that have been going on for years, some of the cornerstones of life have defied and even riveted their place in our lives. One of those is the need for the Lingua Franca which enables the individuals with different mother tongues to communicate with one another. The Ottoman language, which was once used as the lingua Franca for many years, has been replaced by English since the second half of the 21st century. In our world, now called as a global village by some, with the advances in technology and the rising speed of data transfer, the obstacles in data sharing have been lifted and immediate access of masses to information has been ensured. As a result, the need for the Lingua Franca has grown exponentially. 

Apart from this, we all have some duties to bring Turkish Republic, which we inherited from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, to the level of contemporary civilizations. It is necessary to be adherent advocates of the path of knowledge, science and wisdom to reach this goal. This is only possible with the help of our English language competence during this era in which the expeditious access to information occurs and every kind of information is only a click away. Because expeditious access to knowledge in the internet world removing physical borders and our English competence enable us to have contact with people with different ethnic and cultural background easily in return for numerous personal, social, cultural and professional gains. 

At this very point, we, as Atilim University Department of Basic English, have the goal to turn each of you into a member of world citizens highly capable in their field of study. In this way, we also would like to add to the cumulative knowledge level in the world and contribute to the development of our own country. Aware of our responsibilities towards this goal, we constantly update our language teaching approaches and applications. In this process, we utilize the benefits of the technology and we accommodate a tablet-based language teaching model in our classes. 

I would like you to know that we are happy to be with you through your first steps into learning English just as parents’ being happy while accompanying their children in their first steps in life. Your graduation from our department as individuals who can express themselves in English language without any problems will be the most happy moment for us. You can be sure that we will always be there for you on this exciting yet challenging journey and we are ready to give you all the support you may need.

Welcome to our school!