Getting Qualified To Teach English In Turkey
Posted 27 January 2009 - 04:20 PM
If you want to employed legally as a teacher of English in Turkey, you need to get a TEFL/TESOL certificate that includes assessed teaching practice. The key English language teaching (TEFL/TESOL) qualifications are the Cambridge CELTA (formerly Certificate in English Language Teaching English to Adults, but now Ė and donít ask me why the abbreviation hasnít changed Ė Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the Trinity Cert TESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Both of these qualifications have worldwide recognition, and the courses include the essential assessed teaching practice (TP), and can be taken intensively (usually four weeks) or part-time. Courses can cost around a £1000. For detailed descriptions of the courses, the syllabus, Frequently Asked Questions and a list of approved centres visit www.cambridgeesol.org and http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk. I read on another thread something about the grades on a CELTA course/certificate. These are Pass, Pass B and Pass A. The grade that more than 85% of course participants get is a pass grade and this is absolutely fine. I got a CELTA pass grade twenty years ago and survived to go and get a Cambridge DELTA and an MA.
There are a number of options if you are living somewhere like Marmaris or Isparta and canít get to an approved CELTA centre in the UK. Visit the classified advertisement forum to find out about the CELTA course at the Izmir University of Economics which includes a very good deal on accommodation.
Embarking on a new career requires careful planning and you might want to be sure that TEFL is for you before spending £1000 on a course. One option, if you are in the UK, is to do a short one week introductory course to TEFL and get a taste of English teaching. Make sure demonstration lessons and/or peer teaching are in the programme. Alternatively, you could do an online course such as those offered by the British Council www.britishcouncil.org.tr . A word of warning though; an online course does not include assessed teaching practice and potential employers may not recognise it. An online course, however, may help you get a feel for TEFL and help your prepare for an intensive CELTA course later.
If you are doing a bit of teaching with no formal qualifications and are feeling your way a bit, or if you are out on your own somewhere, these two sites provide excellent resources, ideas and articles www.onestopenglish.co.uk and www.teachingenglish.org.uk. The ELT publishersí websites (Oxford, Cambridge University Press, Pearson Longman and Macmillan) also have many free resources for teachers.
For information on work and residence permits for Turkey you should contact the Turkish Consulate/Embassy in your home country or visit the Turkish Ministry of Education (MEB -for schools) or Higher Education Authority (Y÷K - for universities) websites.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:41 PM
It's useful for prospective teachers to have all the various EFLs and TOEFLs explained and where they can find information about the various courses explained. It's a very good suggestion to try out a short course to see if teaching English is for you.
Too many people think that because English is their native language that they can teach it. Well I suppose a lot struggle through present simple, present perfect and past tense and so on, in some sort of fashion but hardly giving their students the best education. It's like trying to do brain surgery using a workshop manual.
In Turkey it is true that there are many dershanes that will take people without much by way of qualifications and do not apply for work permits but if you want to work at the better ones, which obtain a work permit for you, or teach in a private school or a university then not only will they be looking for a TEFL qualification but also a degree in English.
The pay for teachers compared to other countries is not high but compared to the wages of Turkish teachers and those in other professions it's not bad.
I used to lecture in a Further Education College in the UK and I have been a TEFL teacher for 18 years in Turkey and have taught in both dershanes and private schools (with work permits).
Posted 29 January 2009 - 02:10 AM
Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:10 AM
Posted 31 January 2009 - 12:57 PM
I started to understand those tenses you mention towards the end of my first year! Then, my certificate was pre-fixed "The preparatory certificate in.." meaning I wasn't a teacher yet and still had lots to learn. A short course like CELTA/Trinity is just a start. I agree it's best to do some kind of course leading to a certificate so that we do the best for our students.
The other points you mention are also important, pay and conditions, finding a reputable school where the paperwork is dealt with properly and the new teacher gets a degree of support. Hopefuly contributors to the forum can help here...
Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:05 PM
The International Training Institute offers a range of courses including CELTA and DELTA. The website is http://iti-istanbul.com ITI offer the new modular DELTA which may provide a new opportunity for experienced teachers in Izmir as they are offering online and summer intensive options.
Britishside offer a wide range of ELT courses including CELTA. The website is http://www.britishside.com
In Ankara, Bilkent University School of English Language (BUSEL) has recently become a CELTA centre. CELTA is offered with full scholarship as part of a ten month employment package. A new brochure, also describing career paths for more experienced teachers, is available here http://www.bilkent.e...recruitment.htm
Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:56 AM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 11:19 AM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 03:35 PM
Also when you come to retirement age you will find you haven't got enough payments and you will have to top it up yourself if you want a pension, meagre though it is.
UK citizens can pay into the Government pension scheme under the voluntary payment scheme. At the moment it costs about £340 per year. It is certainly worthwhile if you are going to live here for a long time as your pension can be paid into a UK bank and you can draw the money here and it is worth a lot more than a T pension.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 01:34 PM
Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:45 AM
Did you know you can check on Turkish social security payments here? http://www.sgk.gov.tr/wps/portal/tr I discovered one of my early language school employers (one I never anticipated would do this ) didn’t pay for two years 18 years ago (gone for ever) and another employer missed a quarter accidentally (finding out). Just need a social security number and someone Turkish to help (click on "Áalışan" to start).
If you have several years of university teaching (any uni in the world recognised by Y÷K) plus a TELF qualification you don't need a degree in English for a private university, it can be in any relevant subject. A Masters makes finding a job even simpler. You can check the profiles of teaching staff if you look at the website of any private uni. The majority don't have a degree in English.
Yes, you’re right janh. For universities, a foreign language teacher needs a degree (in practically anything as far as I can understand ) and an “internationally generally accepted certificate” for language teaching. I think this applies to state or private institutions. I would also suggest that some private universities set their own "bar" and favour teachers with BA English and/or MA TEFL/TESOL and/or with university English language teaching experience. Others consider teachers with other qualifications and experience elsewhere. As you suggest exploring the websites reveals a lot about expectations and requirements.
I just wanted to add something about the work permit subject. Yes, more reputable schools will apply for permits if their teacher is on a fixed contract. But the vast majority of teachers here in Istanbul do hourly work and they will not get work permits for that. Or they are teaching on a purely private basis. If the police chose to go round all the language schools there would be a lot of people deported or fined so obviously they turn a blind eye.
Thanks for the information on Istanbul, Ben Halterci. Better safe than sorry, just in case. Perhaps it's a cultural thing a lot of blind eyes get turned here . When I was at a language school, a long time ago, I recall being paid an hourly rate and guaranteed a minimum number of hours, 18 I think, as part of the contract. What can on-contract teachers expect in terms of a package (guaranteed hours, flights etc.)? I think in Izmir teachers get a flight every two years these days, though I'll have to check on things here.
I just wanted to say "thanks" to Robert again... since he has agreed to monitor this new forum about teaching English in Turkey and offer advice to our members interested in the profession. I often get questions from people seeking information on this subject, and have to make several telephone calls and run around asking for favors from English teachers I know in Izmir to contact those who have sent me private messages or e-mails. It's great to have yet another expert among us who can provide accurate and frank advice... in this case, a teacher of teachers of English as a foreign language!
Thanks Ben Densin. I wouldn’t call myself an "expert" (especially when it comes to the labour laws and work permits!!), but I’ll certainly try and help when I can.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:40 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:26 AM
Some first hand, front line information would be really helpful.
Posted 27 February 2009 - 04:01 PM
good luck to people.......watch this space for my luck
how funny checked my spelling and it sucks!! i blame that on over a yr n a half in turkey!! im in a half way language zone....where both are rubbish....anyone else know what i mean!!!??.......
oh i was supposed to put abaout wages.....private lessons i was once told could get you 50 lira but im pushed to find a single parent who will part with that. ive no idea for cities but im in Mugla area and even though im qualified people are still as tight as hell....ive been asking around for wk in schools - devlet- gov. ones but my turkish is too poor to cope. i may be doing some hours for a local gov. funded evening and weekend class for locals - thats worth a look at if anyone wants ideas...
suits me - seems im never going to make big bucks even by turk standards here....but im not bovered!! ....god i dont miss south east london slang.....ARG
Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:07 PM
Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:02 AM
Hi everyone, does anyone know how the current economic crisis has affected the demand for English teachers (hold on hiring, dismissals, etc) at dershanes, specifically in Ankara? I will be going to Ankara mid year, CELTA qualified (I have a commerce degree), but with no experience in teaching English (my background is in business).
Some first hand, front line information would be really helpful.
Welcome to the forum, Jason. I agree with Chala and Ben Halterci on the effects of the current situation. It depends very much on where you are geographically, the parents' and other learners' ability to pay for lessons, and the school's willingness (or lack of) to do things properly. Often parents are aked to fork out extra money to pay for the native speaker teacher. As BH said earlier the complexity and cost of work/residence permits (I think it's the residence permit that costs) can put employers off, especially if they have never done it before, or if as Chala said, they don't know the "man in the right place". I asked a local (Izmir) DOS and found they are working with a couple of teachers less this year than last. Having said all that, staff turnover can be high in language schools and vacancies may a rise.
It's been 10 years since I worked in Ankara so I'm out of touch. There are four Turkey ads at www.tefl.com and both the Ankara schools make clear their conditions. One states the salary and says they'll deal with the work permit etc. The other states an hourly rate and expresses a preference for recruiting from within Turkey. Therein lies a further complication. As I understand things (and if the rules have not changed), initial applications for work permits have to be dealt with at the home country embassy so anyone recruited first time in Turkey has to go home to complete work permit formalites. Some schools therefore only recruit locally and/or avoid dealing with the work permit issue altogether which, as you can see from earlier, can be really frustrating.
Posted 28 February 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 28 February 2009 - 06:37 PM
i already had a residence permit for months .i just had to pay for the extra months that the wk permit exceeded the resident permit i already had which was aboout 4 months actually. İ had to pay that cost as my boss saw the residency as my issue not a work cost as he knew i was living here anyway.residency is about 600 lira as far as i remember for a yr.
Posted 28 February 2009 - 07:16 PM
I believe people get around this by going to Rhodes, the nearest place with a Turkish Consul.
The Turkish system of only giving work permits to those who have contracts is very unfair because if you change jobs or lose your job, you are without a permit. It is only for that specific job the permit was given for. So, even doing private lessons is illegal!
Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:23 PM