39 world leaders listen to our song at the Summit

In May 2016 “World Humanitarian Summit” was held in Istanbul, Turkey and at the summit dinner “Today I will not die”, our song for Syrian refugee children, was played for 39 world leaders who participated in this occasion.





President Erdoğan has hosted us in the Külliye


On 23rd April we were the guests of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, in the garden of the Presidential Palace (Külliye) where the children displayed their shows and talents. We have thanked Mr. Erdoğan for hosting and supporting three million Syrian refugees in Turkey, and helping our song about Syrian refugee kids to reach millions of listeners in Turkey and the world.

Our song has received Golden Children Music Award


In the Meeting of Culture and Art organized by Cultural Communication Foundation and supported by Kızılay, students of 13 schools displayed their dances in front of 8000 people in Atatürk Spor Salonu in Ankara, and on this beautiful occasion, we have received Golden Children Music and Composition Prize with our song “Children of Heaven” dedicated to Syrian children of war.


Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines CEO praises Turgay Evren’s contributions to Aviation English


I visited Mr Temel Kotil, the Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines, who transformed Turkish Airlines into a global success story. I got the chance to discuss my new projects with Mr Temel Kotil in the field of Aviation English. I was impressed by this humble man who left his imprint on Aviation World.


I gave some English books I’ve written, to Mr. Temel Kotil, the Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines, as a gift. He praised my contribution to the field of English Language Teaching in Turkey. I hope I will also create lots of beneficial works in the field of Aviation English as well. I am in touch with some world-famous ELT teachers and authors who will help me with my projects to achieve this goal. When I shared some of my projects with Mr. Temel Kotil, he told me that he is ready to support my projects, believing that these projects will help all our employees including ground handling staff, pilots and flight attendants to improve their English skills.

Turgay Evren’s ESL Songs are being used in the USA schools


The songs Turgay Evren has written for ESL students are being used by American Teachers teaching in the USA. An American teacher teaching in a school in Texas has written the following blogpost titled “Songs and Chants.

Songs and Chants
August 24, 2013
So, the students start Monday! And I’m feeling very excited because during our maaaany student/family orientations this past week, I had quite a few families and staff asking me to enroll their students into my ESL class. So, let me explain a bit for those of you who also follow my counseling posts and might be a tad confused over…Is she a counselor? Is she a teacher? What’s going on here? I am an ESL-teaching bilingual school counselor. Basically, with my passion for and experience in teaching ESL combined with our school population that is about 80% Hispanic (and half of those are immigrants), I work as a counselor all day and then teach English as a Second Language in the afternoons to the students who are struggling most with learning English. It is very, very busy and I work all the time, but I am just so lucky that I get the best of both educational worlds- ESL and counseling!
Anyway, so onto the ESL teaching resources to I’d like share with you today. Btw, to see any of the resources/links mentioned below, just click on the bright blue colored word, and we’ll send you right to that resource! I stumbled upon a doozy last week and I can’t wait to share it with you! If you’ve used any of my ESL for Beginners teaching guides, you know that I like to use songs and chants in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Because songs and chants are so easy to memorize and then call up from memory, they are an invaluable language teaching/learning tool. Plus, they make the learning experience a lot more fun! A funny little anecdote about this, not related to ESL but educational nonetheless, happened to me back in 1991. I was taking a US History class at the University of Maryland and it was a very advanced, detailed, and boring class… and with few assignments to submit, my 19 year old, immature self never did much studying or homework for the class. So, one day I strolled into class and there was the midterm, which I was totally unprepared for! The test was on the Trail of Tears and as I skimmed over the questions, I realized I had no idea about any of the answers. So, I racked my brain and remembered that a few years back my dad wrote a song to the melody from “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” but he changed all the words to tell the story of the Trail of Tears. He had used this song to teach his 5th grade social studies class and he had worked it out by singing it A LOT with me, so I had it memorized. Well, I just sang through this song in my head as I answered the college test questions and… lo and behold, I earned a B on that midterm! So, there you have it, folks: a true story of the power of song in education!
If you’d like to use the power of song in your own ESL classroom, here is the treasure I mentioned above. ESL teachers, Turgay Evren and Jason Levine, created this fun little song/music video called Kids Can Do to help teach and reinforce the can verb.

I can’t wait to use it this year with my own ESL students that I mentioned above. Of course, I’ll tell you how it goes in a few weeks. In addition to trying out the Kids Can Do song, I also plan to use the To Be chant from ESL for Beginners Lessons Guide with Activities Volume One to teach my students.

Tunisian Students sing the song “Street Children” by Turgay Evren

Tunisian Students are preparing a programme for the end of the year in their high school. Mimi Mimetta and her classmates from Shiny Pinkflower’s English class in Sousse, Tunisia perform “Street Children”, by Turgay Evren and Jason R. Levine.

Bulgarian Students sing “The Seasons”, a song by Turgay Evren, in the class!

Slavka Borislavova, an English teacher in Bulgaria is revising “the seasons” with fifth graders through a song, which was performed by Jason R Levine and produced by Turgay Evren.