Education and Teaching:
Morris Aaron Gevirtz has always been interested in language.
He was raised in a bilingual Spanish-English speaking home. In university he studied Spanish, Latin and ancient history. Here as well is where Morris began to teach under the mentorship of his education professor, Kevin Nolley.
After university Morris got the opportunity to teach English in a Spanish and Quechua speaking community in the Peruvian Andes. This promted him to consider a career in language. Eventually, Morris decided to pursue a career in linguistics and applied to programs in masters in Linguistics.
He did his master’s work in Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington. During this time he taught Introduction courses to Spanish at Indiana University. For more on his interests in linguistics formal, click below.
After graduating in 2013, he taught briefly in Madrid, Spain before moving to Istanbul in March 2014. In Istanbul, Morris worked for a wide array of institutions including: English Time, Bahçeşehir Koleji, Üsküdar Üniversitesi, Kent English (dil okulu) and Dragoman Akademi.
in 2015, Morris established and began operating his 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. Morris 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! Though role-play, “group-therapy”-inspired meetings and other social approaches to teaching, Morris helped counless students improve in their language skills.
Due to the changing political climate in Turkey and his desire to be close to his family (who live in the Americas) Morris decided to leave Istanbul for the time being and relocated to the Bay Area of California.