Private Şahinkaya College believes that students should be educated as modern individuals and global citizens with creative-scientific thinking, who have a good command of their mother tongue as well as at least one foreign language, whose aim is to work for the good of their society, country and all humanity.
It is our main goal to teach English as a world language with increasing intensity starting from kindergarten until the end of high school and to bring students who will enter educational institutions with preparatory departments to a level that would enable them to pass the language proficiency test. Within the framework of this objective, the English program at Private Şahinkaya College is planned and its objectives are settled in accordance with the Common European Framework. In line with these goals, we select our textbooks and provide our foreign language courses with our experienced English teachers at the highest level with our very intensive course hours (15 hours per week on average).
Cambridge University Exams
Foreign language development can be objectively measured on a global scale by means of tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, TRINITY. When it comes to foreign languages, our college is the leader in Turkey and we base this claim on the exam results of our students. Every year we prepare our children for the internationally recognised "CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY" exams to test ourselves. We allow them to take these exams at a very early age so as to provide them with experience. We have determined our children's levels as follows; Our students are at a level to take the examination Starters in 2nd Grade, Movers in 3rd Grade, Flyers in 4th Grade, KET in 5th Grade, PET in 6th Grade and FCE in 7th Grade. Their education after taking the FCE exam in 7th grade reaches its peak level when it comes to their global academic prerequisites when they are eligible to take the TOEFL exam in 10th and 11th Grade.
CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
Throughout the year, ur foreign language teaching staff communicate with our students in English at all times. In addition to this intensive academic training, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) lessons are held at Şahinkaya. Within the scope of these lessons, our students learn their Science, Social Sciences and Mathematics lessons in English. This allows them to master the English equivalent of the Turkish terminology that they learn for these lessons, which also provides a great accumulation of knowledge. Apart from our intensive academic program, we have a great number of activities in order to help our students learn English by feeling and experiencing.
In our kindergarten: Halloween, New Year Party, Winter Fest, Spring Fest, and portfolio presentations for the parents each semester are organised as well as "Party at the Palace" show where students exhibit their English skills at the end of the year.
1st grades: Halloween, New Year Party, English Fest, and portfolio presentations, as well as presentations for CLIL learning outcomes, are organised.
2nd grades: Halloween, New Year Party, Spelling Bee, English Fest and presentations for CLIL learning outcomes.
3rd grades: Halloween, New Year Party, Spelling Bee, English Fest and "The United Kingdom Project", which is the project they showcase at the end of the year, are organised.
4th grades: Halloween, New Year Party, English Fest and "Cats" Musical, where they exhibit their English skills at the end of the year, are organised.
5th grades: New Year Party, English Fest, Debates (once a semester), "The Best Anchorman", "Kids Without Borders", MUN Junior Club activity and the "Grease" Musical where they exhibit their English skills at the end of the year, are organised.
6th grades: New Year Party, English Fest, Debates (once a semester), "The Best Anchorman", "Kids Without Borders" and the "High School Musical", where they exhibit their English skills at the end of the year, are organised.
7th grades: New Year Party, English Fest, Debates (once a semester), "The Best Anchorman", "Kids Without Borders" and the "Mamma Mia" musical, where they exhibit their English skills at the end of the year, are organised.
MUN Conferences where students discuss world affairs at the high school level help students develop their language skills and contributes to their intellectual development.
The first MUN event in Bursa was organised by Şahinkaya in 2012, which has become a tradition under the name of Şahinkaya MUN.
The Broadway Show
Staging world-famous musicals Grease, Cats, School of Rock, Fame, High School Musical and Mamma Mia within the 'The Broadway Show' platform, out students combine their English skills with their musical talents.
Kids Without Borders
One a month, our children deliver presentations in English on the stage.
This is a club activity where students debate in English and participate in various activities where they deliver presentations about the problems in the country.
The Best Anchorman
Our children film themselves while delivering the news in English. After a preselection, the short-listed films are screened on stage and the award for best anchorman is given.
English debates are carried out in class first. Students are selected from each class and two groups are formed. After the debate topic is defined, the final debate is carried out on stage.
Various English activities are organised throughout the day. Children are able to speak English and participate in activities all day long.