Hanife Bensen was born in London, England on the eleventh of July 1979. Her first years of education was spent in London and continued in North Cyprus at the TürkMaarif College. Following her high school graduation, she continued her education at the Near East University in the Department of English Language Teaching. During her years at University she achieved high grades in her studies and graduated with honours. She fulfilled her teaching internship at the BayraktarTürkMaarif college.
While Hanife Bensen was studying at university, she worked at the ‘Tots and Juniors’ kinder garden as an English Language teacher, giving one to one English lessons to young learners. In the year 2002, Hanife Bensen was given the opportunity to go to America with the support of The Fullbright commission to talk on behalf of the Turks and the Cyprus conflict. During her six week period stay in America, she worked at the AED (Academy of Educational Development) in Washington D.C.
HanifeBensen’s initial teaching experience started at the Cyprus International University in Haspolat, N. Cyprus in the year 2003. During her first two years at this university, she taught at the Preparatory School and was soon given further responsibility. She coordinated teachers and monitored the newer teachers to enhance their teaching.
In 2005, Hanife Bensen was awarded a scholarship from the Near East University to study her Master’s degree at the English Language Teaching department. She finalized her Master’s degree with an honourable diploma in 2007. Her thesis topic named ‘The Effectiveness of the Process Genre Approach in the Teaching of Writing’ concentrated on improving EFL students’ writing skills.
Hanife Bensen started working for the Near East University in 2005 as a Preparatory School instructor. In the years spent teaching at the Preparatory School, she had also taught English to students in various departments. In the year 2013, Hanife Bensen started lecturing at the English Language Teaching department where she also lectures students of the English language and Literature, and Translation and Interpretation departments.
In 2014, Hanife Bensen finalized her PhD thesis titled ‘The Impact of Introducing Blended Learning in an EFL Writing Course: An Action Research’ at the Near East University, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of English Language Education. Hanife Bensen has attended and presented in many conferences and seminars and has written and published articles regarding her field of interest.