Hello, my name is Esra Makara and I'm 37 years old and currently living in Greece. I am a native Turkish speaker and teach Turkish. I have been an online Turkish teacher with Verbalplanet since September 2016.
I can speak the following languages fluently: Turkish, English, Greek.
I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 50% off my normal lesson price for new students.
08 Jan 2021
I'm happy to have found Esra to continue learning Turkish after my course has been cancelled due to the coronavirus and the lockdown. Great plus that she speaks my mother tongue. Our first and second lesson were very nice and I'm looking forward to the ones to come.
14 Sep 2020
Very cheerful trail lesson. Esra pushes you to speak and share friendly conversation. She not only explains the grammar but also the cultural origins which can help you memorise.
25 Aug 2020
It was just a trial lesson but it’s clear Esra has true “joie de vivre.” She explained a bit of culture and language history, way of thinking which I think is essential in learning a new language.
30 Jul 2020
Today was super,
I started making conversation in Turkish with Esra.
So much fun
28 Jul 2020
Today was amazing Esra always push u to remember and use the vocabulary u learned while teaching u new ones
Hello, I 'm Esra Makara, living in Chania, Crete and I have a deep love for language, teaching and communication!
I was born in Kayseri, Turkey, grew up in Istanbul and I 'm a native Turkish speaker. My passion for writing and language started from my early youth, making up stories on the shores of Bosphorus. Growing up, this led into studies of American Literature, Translation, Language teaching (English and Turkish as foreign languages) and later a master's in Journalism, where I 'm now also pursuing a PhD.
Through my work as a journalist in a yachting magazine, I have traveled to several countries (Greece, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Netherlands, Brussels, USA and Australia) and have had the chance to speak with many different people and experience the beauty of cultural diversity.
My principles are responsibility and hard work, while staying cheerful, sociable and enjoying life as it comes!
Qualifications & Experience
I got my first degree in American Literature from Istanbul University in 2008. Between 2007-2008 I also studied Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) from Marmara University. This diploma included courses in teaching Turkish to English speakers as well.
After graduating I've taught English at a language school in Istanbul for 3 years (various age groups and levels) and between 2013-2015 I was teaching Turkish to adults (expat employees living in Istanbul) as my second job. I've continued teaching Turkish here in Crete (mostly adult students) ever since I moved permanently in 2015.
My postgraduate studies in Journalism (master's, PhD candidate) and my job as an editor in Yacht Turkey, as well as my works as a translator since 2004 (one of my translations, "eat, pray, love", even became a best seller in Turkey) and my later works as a freelance writer, editor and translator have given me a very strong command of Turkish language in all its breadth and detail.
My experience in media and communication also reflects on my teaching by making it easier to prepare additional educational material, customized to the background or needs of my students.
I generally follow the methodology of "Communicative Language Teaching" and recently the books of Istanbul University, since it is becoming the dominant certification for Turkish language (at least here in Greece). Of course, every learning situation is unique and I 'm always open to customize my lessons according to the age, level, learning context, background and objectives of my students.
My translations and writings for various companies and magazines in Turkey provide a rich set of examples to draw from and my media experience makes it easier to provide additional material for any specialized domain (e.g., fashion language or tourism/legal/technical/political/business/medical topics).
My first priority in teaching is always to develop a student's conversational skills. This helps a lot to maintain the motivation to learn the language, makes it effortless to expand the vocabulary, makes things like Grammar, idioms and style easier to teach and most importantly begins the immersion of the student into Turkish culture which provides the essence for the language (e.g., cuisine, music, bargaining, family relations, religious metaphors ...).
I typically use visuals, music, games and activities to attract the attention of my students and also provide homework at the end of every lesson.