Education and Teaching:
I, Morris Gevirtz, have always been interested in languages.
This is in part due to the fact that I was raised in a bilingual Spanish-English speaking home. Also, I remember my father telling me about the origins of words (etymology) and talking about his own forays into Spanish, German, Russian and Hebrew.
In university I studied Spanish, Latin and ancient history. Here as well is where I began to teach under the mentorship of one of my professors. Still, I was not ready to pursue a career in languages -I left to wander the world a bit.
In my wanderings I got the opportunity to teach English in a Spanish and Quechua speaking community in the Peruvian Andes. This promted me to consider a career in language. Eventually, I decided to pursue a career in linguistics and applied to programs in masters in Linguistics.
I did his master’s work in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington. During this time I taught Introductory courses to Spanish at Indiana University. For more on my interests in linguistics formal, click below.
After graduating in 2013, I taught briefly in Madrid, Spain before moving to Istanbul in March 2014. In Istanbul, I worked for a wide array of institutions including: English Time, Bahçeşehir Koleji, Üsküdar Üniversitesi, Kent English (dil okulu) and Dragoman Akademi.
in 2015, I established and began operating my own language school in Istanbul, Turkey. It was called That’s How We Learn and as such was also the reason this website was created. I established the school to offer Istanbulians witha different sort of language education:
one based on using real language materials (graphic novels and movies) where the goal was to help students learn who to translate ideas not words!
Running my own language school gave me the opportunity to work with diverse sorts of students from corporate clients to grade school kids -and everyone in between. I also got the chance to employ teachers and both show them my methods as well as learn from their own approaches to teaching. However, due to the changing political climate in Turkey and his desire to be close to my family (who live in the Americas) I decided to leave Istanbul for the time being and relocated to the Bay Area of California.
Here in the Bay Area, I now focus on teaching three things: ESL for professionals, Spanish for the motivated and Accent modification.