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  1. Hey everyone, New to the forum and thought this would be the best avenue for my question(s). I'm currently working in a kindergarten but looking to move on hopefully to a kolej. I have a CELTA and about 7 years ESL teaching under my belt. I know that there are a lot of super qualified teachers that work in the private big schools here in Antalya but I was just wondering what my chances would be with just having a CELTA and experience? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Hi! I am from America, I am currently living in Izmir and privately teaching English. I am looking for something better and bigger. I am finishing my TESOL course in a few days and I want to find a good English teaching job. I have looked online and Im not finding anything great. Can someone give me advice or pointers! Thank you
  3. Hi friends, I'm Leila,25 from Iran. I have applied for CELTA in Izmir university of economics for this July. Do you have any suggestion for me? I really don't know anything about Turkey and Izmir. ans another thing, Is there any job availability after getting CELTA in Turkey?
  4. I am completing my degree in International Security with a minor in Arabic next spring, and I am very interested in working at a Turkish university. Could anyone please provide me with some insight as to what kinds of qualifications I might need? How much Turkish do i need to speak? How much education? Would a bachelor's and a TEFL certification do? How much experience? Any other skills/credentials/etc. ? Thank you kindly and so much in advance!
  5. Hi, I am looking for English teacher who will prepare for ielts for two adults. Current ielts score is 5 (listening), 5 (reading), 5,5 (writing) and 6 (listening). Our plan is reach to 7 on each. Teacher who is preferably certificated (Celta etc) and experienced can give private lessons at our home in Halkali, Istanbul. Please contact to me via email [email protected] BR
  6. I apologize if it has already been posted, but I am currently looking at the possibility of teaching English in Istanbul. I don't have any credentials but an overwhelmingly passionate drive to teach. Can anyone give me any suggestions about the TEFL course/gaining work permits/Visa's? Also I have many native Turkish friends that live in Istanbul. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Note I do understand it may take some time to gain certain credentials and Im not expecting to get answers that will tell me I can just pick up and go with a certificate or two, so please be truthful. Haha.
  7. Where to get the CELTA certificate? + Teaching English Jobs I am planning to get the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) in Istanbul for the purpose of teaching english in Istanbul. Which institute do you recommend I do CELTA at? I am currently leaning towards an institute called ITI (international training institute). My second question is, where to find good well paying english language teaching positions? I am currently checking craiglist, is there some other good venue, online or offline, I can check? Further relevant information: I am a native english language speaker I do have Turkish Citizenship (through ancestry) so I do not require a work permit. I do not speak functional Turkish I have a Master's degree from a top university in Ireland (in Business not English, though I hve taken many english courses and have top marks in all my english courses and a very good overall gpa).
  8. holding a " first certificate in english" and "cambridge english diploma" from london in 1982 can this help me get a job as a teacher, of course, I do not want "work permit" please advise
  9. Hello everyone! I am a CELTA-certified, English BA-holding qualified teacher currently living and teaching in Vietnam. I am looking to move to Izmir in two months, but have had trouble finding many job prospects online. I've read the forum threads and people seem pretty confident about being able to find work in Turkey/Izmir. What I would like to know is: If I move to Izmir without a concrete job, how possible would it be to secure one (one which would pay for and support a work visa, at that) once I arrive? I have no problem going to Izmir without a job, but would need to know that it's definitely possible to secure one once I arrived. Thanks so much for reading this & I hope to hear from you all soon! You have a great community on this site-- v. cool.
  10. Hi everyone this is my 1st post, I've been accepted into a CELTA course this summer at Izmir University of Economics and curious how likely I could expect to find a job once I complete the course at the end of July. My previous education is a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Economics. I have not worked as a teacher per se, but my current job at a Wildlife Preserve in the States I have organised and conducted field trips and tours for children and adults. There are no local options for me to earn the CELTA where I live so to me it seemed logical to take the course in Izmir and go from there. Looking for suggestions and advice please.
  11. I was wondering if anyone here knew of any jobs going in Izmir (the city and its surroundings...anywhere from Cesme - Izmir really) I'm from the UK and trying to find work as an au pair! I graduated from Uni n 2011 and there just isn't much for me here in terms of work! I have a TEFL qualification and experience of working with children, I have family in Cesme so I'd be more comfortable working in this general area (I.e. Izmir) as I'd feel a bit better having a safety net in Turkey. I could do live in or probably more ideally live out. I've registered for every au pair site I can find! If any one has a site they think is best site or maybe knows someone needing English lessons? Any suggestions?
  12. Hello! This is my first post here and I'm glad to have found the site. I'm currently teaching at a university in New York City, but considering moving with my husband to Turkey. Izmir appeals to us because we would like to be in a smaller city with a slower pace, but still somewhat urban. I have an MA TESOL and 5 years experience in nyc and China. Any recommendations for University teaching positions in izmir? I also have experience in teacher training if there are TESOL programs at any of the local universities. Thanks for any suggestions.
  13. Hello I have some questions about the work permit. The requirements for work permit are the same if you want to work in a public school or in a private one? About the certificates, I don´t have a BA, I just have a diploma in ethnomusicology from an university of Spain, TEFL teaching certificate and a similar one for teaching spanish. Do you think that with this certificates I would be able to get a work permit to work in a private school? I´m not talking about a language school, I´m talking about high school or something like this, I think it is call "Kollegi" here in Turkey Thanks
  14. Hello All! I was wondering if any of you might have specific contact information for teacher recruitment agencies actually based in Turkey. I am looking for a EFL position for 2nd term or next school year in the Izmir area preferably, but will consider Istanbul. I have a degree, am a certified teacher in the US with full-time teaching experience, and also hold a 120hr TESOL certification. I have perused this forum thoroughly and followed much of the advice for finding job boards, cold contacting schools directly in the area, and also am registered with some international teacher agencies, but would also like to setup teacher profiles with local recruitment agencies. I have found Southwest Recruiting out of Istanbul and Marmaris Recruiting, but I'm unsure what the reputation is for these agencies. I was hoping maybe someone here might have direct contact info for local agencies in Turkey or even direct contacts at some of the schools in or near Izmir. Thanks for any help! Meredith
  15. English teacher (London) looking for teaching job LOOKING FOR WORK IN LANGUAGE SCHOOL and / or privately. I am a qualified experienced English teacher from London and plan to go to Antalya or Istanbul if I can find work...anyone know any LANGUAGE SCHOOLS looking for teachers plz?? David Meehan [email protected] // www.davesenglishgroup.blogspot.com / www.davidmeehansart.blogspot.co.uk / skype: meehan99 / mobile: 0049 176 78 67 46 82 (Am currently in German) / skype name = meehan99
  16. Hello everyone, I am currently undertaking a TEFL course and will be finished soon hopefully. However before I successfully finish I just wanted to know if anyone could give me an good tips and advice on how to go about trying to find a position in a private school or dershane in Izmir to teach English to students. I do know Izmir very well as my father is from Izmir and I have decided that I no longer want to live in the UK and want to settle in Izmir after completing this course. I would appreciate if anyone could advice me on any useful information they could give me? thank you very much, all the best, Dilem
  17. For lovers of international comparisons, here are the results of surveys concerning teacher status in different countreis. https://www.varkeygemsfoundation.org/sites/default/files/documents/2013GlobalTeacherStatusIndex.pdf
  18. Hello, We are looking for an english teacher in the vicinity of Urla. It is for our (nearly) 7 year old son. It would be once or twice a week (out-of-school hours) and would be on a long term basis.
  19. Hi everyone. I'm interested in teaching in Turkey but I can't find any information on vacation time. How many vacation days for winter, summer, and anything in-between do teachers usually get? If I were to work at a university versus a high school/language school what would my vacation look like? I've been reading over the internet that vacation days can vary from 15 days in the summer to 8 weeks. It all looks like it varies greatly. I'm a little lost here. Thank you in advance for your help. Evan
  20. Hello everyone,My husband and I are considering moving to Trukey. He's an English teacher, Canadian with TEFL and 7+ years of experience in 4 countries. Can he get a work permit or he must have a univ degree?
  21. Hi all, I have just been offered a job working in a language school in sirinyer and just wanted to ask a few questions. Is this a safe area? Is it expensive? I have been offered 3,000 TL per month and wondered if this was enough to live on comfortably in Izmir? Also is there a large ex-pat community there, what's the social life like? Any answers of suggestions are appreciated Thanks
  22. Hi forum:It's been a while since I've been here. Well, I spent 4 weeks in Istanbul in April looking for possibility of some jobs. I had a few interviews with several language schools and a couple of them look promising now. Here is what I need advice with:Bilge Adam in Istanbul interviewed me and they would like me to start with them as soon as possible. The thing is that I had to fly back to Vancouver and I told them that I would probably be able to move to Istanbul in late July early August since I have to rent my apartment here and take care of lots of things. At this point, I've just gone through the first interview and even though they verbally told me I would have the job at the end of summer, I feel that I need to have this all written formally as a contract or an official job offer.What do you think about this? I think i need to write to them again and ask for an actual job offer/contract before I quit my job here and make the move.Also, has anyone had any experiences with BildgeAdam and English Time language schools in Istanbul?They have offered a rate of 20 to 25 Turkish lira per hour so it doesnt sound too bad right?Any ideas, feedback and thoughts would be really appreciated!
  23. The Teaching English forum of Turkey Central has a lot of very good information in it about teaching in Turkey from current and former teachers. Please make sure you browse and search it first for the answers to your questions. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, or need additional information then post your specific questions on the forum. The English Language Office of the United States Embassy has a variety of resources for TEFL/TESL/TESOL teachers and those who wish to be. Resources include the following: [*]The English Language Specialist Program which recruits U.S. academics in the fields of Teaching English...for short-term assignments to Turkey. [*]The English Language Fellow Program brings U.S. educators...to Turkey on ten-month fellowships. [*]The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers online, graduate level classes to English teaching professionals in Turkey through the University of Oregon. Their Other Exchange Programs include: [*]The Fulbright ETA Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in Turkish universities - improving Turkish students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. If you are seeking a teaching position at a high school, this list of High schools in Istanbul may help get you started, many of them also have elementary schools. Almost all of them have web sites which list the legal requirements and limitations for teaching in Turkey as well as open positions. For those who are thinking about university teaching positions, this List of Universities in Turkey will get you started. Please Note: pay and benefits of the non-private (state) schools will almost always be much less than the private universities even though the prestige and quality of some state schools is higher. Most of the private universities are quite young in comparison to their state counterparts so their quality is sometimes uneven. That being said, several private universities have risen to the challenge and may be equal or higher in quality in certain departments. Besides contacting schools directly you can also seek out secondary web sites such as Dave's ESL Cafe. TEFL.com seems to be another excellent resource with a lot of information for seeking teachers. Jobs in Turkey is mainly for those seeking to work in Turkey as their next destination. It offers a lot of advice on how to go about finding a job and what to look for in a school. Please Note: Jobs in Turkey is quite dated and although the general information is good some of it may no longer be relevant. You must be very, very careful about the positions being offered and try to make sure you will not be used, abused and taken advantage of job-wise. Work and residence permits should be a joint effort by the school and the applicant with the school taking the bulk of the responsibility. Sometimes housing is provided, more often it is not, ask! What are the benefits offered such as salary, lunch tickets, transport to and from school and others? Is the salary offered a net amount or gross (before taxes)? Net is best, the school pays your taxes and you pocket your income. Do not try to work illegally, there are many people who do and the authorities are trying to stop this practice. Turkish universities are somewhat easier to get hired into than elementary or high schools. Those universities which have an English Language Program (ELP) usually have a prepatory (prep) year for students with low or no English skills. The ELP is where most new teachers of English will start. The qualifications deemed highest for prep teachers are usually: (1) native speakers, (2) TEFL/TESL/TESOL (other), (3) university diploma (this is often the deal breaker). Write every school you have an interest in and be persistent. If you do not hear from them right away try them all again in a few months, keep trying until someone "nibbles" or tells you to stop. You might get a job right away or it could take you a year or more... Elementary and secondary school teachers from a foreign country who want to teach in Turkey are required by Milli Eğitim (the National Education governing board) to have elementary and/or secondary teaching certificates from a university, in addition to a university diploma, from their country of origin. Take a look a this Robert College page for prospective teachers which has a lot of very specific information for high school teachers and the qualifications necessary. In addition, most of the good Turkish schools look for actual classroom experience. Because almost all of these positions are with private schools, the pay and benefits are usually quite good and the positions are competitive. Many headmasters from Turkish private schools go to international recruiting fairs in the US and the UK to seek qualfiied and experienced teachers. This usually happens in the very early spring or late winter. Most of them reach their quotas and return with contracts in hand. Please Note: All social studies/history courses are taught ONLY in Turkish by Turkish nationals--following the regulations of the Turkish Ministry of Education. A person without a university diploma MAY be hired to work as a teaching assistant at a university. Any reputable university will, of course, attempt to find the most qualified and experienced teachers and many who come to Turkey have Master's degrees with experience and TEFL/TESL/TESOL and other language teaching certificates. If a university ELP does not have sufficient staff, they SOMETIMES may hire native speakers who do not have a degree. Applying in the fall is too late for most places as they usually have filled their quota for teachers. (Try anyway, be persistent) There is sometimes staff turnover in January and then the departments start looking again in March-April for the coming school year which starts in September. If a school does not have their quota by late July or early August they start to get "desperate" and a university may have a way to legally hire any native speaker who comes through the door. An elementary or high school by law cannot do that. If you move to Turkey without a job, visit all the schools you have an interest in personally with CV and credentials in hand. Make sure you bring your ORIGINAL diplomas/certificates, etc and not copies. Keep trying, (did I mention to be persistent?) Be sure to drink tea with anyone in any office who offers it to you no matter their professional position. That "clerk" or "secretary" with whom you speak may have influence beyond their station (then again, they may not.) In all cases, be cordial, sociable, polite, and ask questions about the person you are meeting with and their families without getting too personal and tell them how glad you are to be living in Turkey. Personal relationships mean a great deal in Turkey. Brits and Americans tend to want to get "down to business"; do not make that mistake! Whomever you are speaking with, if they are Turkish, or a long-time foreign resident of Turkey, they will eventually get around to "business" when it suits them. I brought my transcripts from the university when I first arrived, the university would not even look at them, they wanted to see my framed diplomas! My transcripts came in handy only when I took a position with the computer science department. I had grad level tech courses listed and the department head needed to show them to the Rector to get me transferred into his department. Otherwise, I never needed them. That being said, bring your transcripts, a course catalog with descriptions of the courses you took, and if necessary you can have them translated and notarized, which can be expensive. Good luck in your search.
  24. I am thinking of returning to Istanbul to teach. I feel I haven't the right experience or qualifications to teach in Universities. I have a degree (NOT English and TESOL cert). What are the best schools/chains? I assume most vacancies are not advertised - schools have people sending in CVs all the time. A minimum of 2500 TL salary seem about right?
  25. Hey, I'll be moving back to Turkey soon with my family (I am Turkish, born in England) and wanted to know what kind of qualifications are required to teach English and at what level? i.e. what qualifications would you need to teach in Primary School, Secondary School, Colleges, Universities etc. From what I have gathered all you need is an English GCSE and some kind of a TEFL certificate to find work teaching English but that can’t be it, surely? (I think I received an A or a B in English when I was in school - I never further my stuides on English after that.) I want to get what ever qualifications required whilst I am still here in the U.K just to have for the sake of having it. My intention is not teaching upon arrival, merely a back up for if things don't work out as planned. You can never be prepared enough. Thanks!
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