Who We Are

We have fun, friendly professional teachers trained in language teaching.

Turkish ConneXion has been providing Turkish classes since 2004. We initially started providing in-class sessions in Tribeca, NY. We are now offering online classes mainly in the US. We take teaching passionately and provide a structured teaching environment with small class sizes and an emphasis on individual attention with extensive conversational aspects. Most importantly, we can not be more proud with our talented, professional teachers. Our teachers are excellent in English to be able to explain some of the complicated rules. However, we use English only when it is necessary to explain grammatical structure and semantics.

We are also very proud of our little Turkish Community that we created through our classes. Our students continue with us for a long period of time and build friendship with us and other students. We encourage you to come and experience our welcoming environment!

If necessary with enough demand, we can customize the program for you. Our goal is to provide you a fresh learning experience and constantly strive to make your individual experience better.

Please check our schedule for each proficiency level. We are the pioneer in creating the curriculum that has been used around by other schools.

Bengisu Peker – Founder, Director and Instructor

bengisu@turkishconnexion.comBengisu Peker has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Bilgi University in Istanbul,  Turkey, and Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, and a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from Brooklyn College, NYC.

Bengisu has professionally been teaching both English, and Turkish for non-speakers since 2000. She has worked at both high school and collegiate levels in Istanbul and New York. She is a certified instructor of language training. Bengisu worked at various CUNY college’s and The New School as a senior international student counselor. She is still working for CUNY colleges as a consultant. 

Bengisu Peker has published and translated articles for Feminist Politika, and has contributed to the books “Case Suffixes in Turkish Language” by Hakan Yilmaz, and “The World in Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City.” by Judith Desena, Timothy Shortell.

Using her years of experience in language teaching, Bengisu has developed her own curriculum and teaching style, and she looks forward to developing it even more with you. Please visit our Teaching Philosophy for details. She founded Turkish Connexion in 2014 and since then it has been a growing and bonding experience. 

Ozan Sapso – Instructor

Ozan is our beloved teacher and has been with us since 2018. Ozan Şapso  graduated from Atatürk University, Department of English Language and Literature in 2008, and also got his English Teaching Certificate from the same university. After graduation, he worked as an English teacher at Bandırma North Academy Language Center between 2008 and 2011, at Bandırma Campus Language Center between 2011 and 2014 and at Istanbul Kavacık American Cultural Center between 2014 and 2016.

As well as teaching English, He occasionally taught Turkish to foreigners in the cities he lived in. In 2016, he moved to New York. He has been teaching Turkish in Turkish Connexion and teaching English at New York Language Center since 2018. In addition to language teaching, Ozan Sapso is a part-time photographer and interested in Calisthenics. 

Ipeksu Durmaz – Instructor

Ipek was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey. In 2016, she came to the United States to study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at SUNY Cortland with hopes and intention to expand her understanding of the world. She earned her dual degree in TESOL in June 2019 from Anadolu University and SUNY Cortland. After finishing her degree, she moved to New York City and taught English and Turkish to both young learners and adults. She is additionally interested in writing, depth psychology, and astrology.

Hanne Larsen – Instructor 

Hanne Larsen, just like many people in our globalized world today, has a bright and colorful patchwork heritage. Her unique design, though, is sewn together by Turkish, Argentine, Estonian, Danish, and Inuit!
 
Hanne grew up in Ankara, Turkey. She attended the British Embassy Study Group and Bilkent Preparatory School. She earned her high school diploma from Oasis International School. While at Oasis, she tutored younger students in a variety of subjects. She is 2017 graduate of Northeastern University where she majored in Theatre and minored in both International Affairs and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She moved to New York in 2018 for her career in the performing arts. She has experience working with young children ages 1-10.

Pictures from our in-person gatherings!

End of semester gatherings!

Outside gatherings!