Teaching in Turkey
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My name is Eliise and I am 24 years old. İ am from Northern Europe but now living and working in Turkey as a teacher.
I am a person who likes to discover different cultures and that's why İ came to Eastern-Turkey to see life away from places that are built up only for tourists. Here İn east, İ was the only foreigner, İ guess.
The culture is very different here, away from my home country. İ went through a culture shock almost every day. But that all expanded my world view and prepared me for my long stay, and as we all know ‘’What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’’.
So İ started to search for a teaching job for myself, and luckily a Private School was looking for a foreigner English teacher and got in touch with me. İ was so happy and excited for that opportunity, however İ wanted to be fully prepared. So, that's when I did research and found The TEFL Academy’s 168-hour course, this is a Level 5 course and gives me an opportunity to teach different age groups – even adults. This course was so interesting and useful, İ got a lot of new tips and ideas for classroom management. The program is so clear and easy to follow. Thanks to the TEFL I felt prepared and confident to start my first english teaching job in Turkey.
The first day of school was full of excitement and İ felt very welcomed. Students were surprised to see a foreigner teacher in their school. By that time I already knew Turkish but at school I speak only in English (İ have a deal with the school to not show out my turkish knowledge, so that students will communicate only in foreign language with me and that will be a good practise for them.) In my lessons we are mainly doing dialogs and different educational exercises. Through that they get encouraged to use their new skills in spoken language. İ’m so grateful for the things that İ’m experiencing now and İ really love what İ do.
Children in Turkey are very energetic and active, so İ have to find clever ways to get their attention. Every lesson must be different from the other. For each class İ give 2 hours per week. One hard aspect of teaching is that İ give lessons for Kindergarten, Primary School and Middle school, so I must prepare my lessons for various levels. But that's what the TEFL course prepared me for.