The area around the exams noticeboard at the College of North East London (CONEL) erupted today when students found out their amazing Turkish A Level results.
An astonishing 12 learners out of the 17 taking the qualification got As, with the remaining 5 gaining a B.
One of the jubilant A grade students, Melek Eren, 19 from Hackney, jumped up and down shrieking with delight when she realised how well she had done. Her elation continued after she learnt that she had also got two Cs in her double award Business Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE equivalent to 2 A Levels). An overjoyed Melek is now all set to go and study a Business and Multi-media degree at Hertfordshire University, I feel really good. I started crying when I got my Business results. I will be celebrating tonight!
Cemile Goksan, the Turkish lecturer at CONEL, is passionate that her learners get similar chances to stretch their intellect, Many Turkish students are dismissed as underachievers. Yet another of my A grade learners went on to study at the London School of Economics. I feel that when students are encouraged and they put their mind to it, this helps build their self-esteem and helps them to realise their full potential.
Turkish A Level has been taught at the college for 3 years now and the course continues to grow in popularity. Learners study speaking, listening, reading and writing from Turkish to English and vice versa for 3 hours a week. All ages can attend and students do not have do be native Turkish speakers, although many are, as people can build up to the A Level by studying other courses at the college.
Notes to editors:
1. Photograph caption: It dawns on Melek Eren (right) and her classmate Melika Caliskan just how well they have done.
2. To find out more about studying Turkish or any other languages at CONEL please go to www.conel.ac.uk or call the course information hotline on 020 8442 3055.