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Lecturer İlkim Sonder




Name: Ilkim Sonder
DoB: 10th of March 1994
Nationality: Turkish Cypriot
Mobile: 0548 876 73 58



A highly organised, motivated, and responsible individual who completed her master’s degree in Education TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Listening to the needs of other parties and being able to negotiate to reach an agreement. As an English Language Teacher, on top of having strong research skills, I also have a wide variety of experience in methodical and student-focused approaches.



2019-2021              Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff, Wales

Successfully Completed MA Education TESOL

2016-2019                   Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff, Wales

Successfully Completed BA (Hons) TESOL and English

2005-2012              Near East College – Nicosia, Cyprus

Cypriot High School Diploma



2021-Present          ARUCAD – Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design – Kyrenia, Cyprus

Teaching Innovations

  • Setting challenging and relevant teaching objectives for the students.
  • Preparation of teaching resources in accordance to students’ interests and cultural backgrounds.
  • Monitoring attendance and evaluate student performance.


Skills Gained

  • An ability to build strong relationships with students
  • Good literacy skills
  • Punctuality and community awareness
  • Presenting skills

2020-2021               Near East Junior College – Nicosia, Cyprus

Teaching Innovations

  • Organising classroom lectures and preparing lesson plans for young
  • Preparation of instructional materials, coursework, and
  • Provide feedback based on assignments and classroom

Skills Gained

  • Imaginative and critical thinking
  • Patience
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Decision making

2016-2019               Cardiff  Metropolitan University – Cardiff, Wales

Teaching Innovations

  • Preparing lesson plans and delivering micro-teaching sessions that are suitable for adult learners to improve their level of English.
  • Guiding adult students through their IELTS tests by providing teaching support, including practice activities and helpful teaching tips.
  • Catching up on the key requirements of the English Language specifications and experience ofdevising classroom activities, coursework tasks and plans during the CELTA course.
  • Developing strategies for friendly relationships with


Skills Gained

  • Effective communication skills and rapport techniques
  • Specialised knowledge in IELTS and efficient problem solving
  • Implementing effective and productive teaching methods
  • Responsibility and enhanced project management

2012-2016               Sonder Design & Architecture – Nicosia, Cyprus

Specifications and Responsibilities

  • Established a working relationship with customers coming from the
  • Established good communication and business skills with


Skills Gained

  • Leadership and organisational skills
  • Project and team management
  • Strategic thinking
  • Technological skills



Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).


  • I have always been an enthusiast in teaching English. I have developed a broad range of interest in teaching methods including Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Total Physical Response (TPR), The Silent Way, Audio Lingual and Grammar Translation.
  • In my entire life, I have always been adaptable and able to test in a highly dynamic environment with changes going in every day.
  • Examining the connections between research, theory, and professional practice during postgraduate study.
  • Tailoring my syllabus to interests and career goals by choosing relevant assignment topics.
  • I can speak and write English fluently. I have also studied French from 2005 to 2012.

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