Published: 12 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 10 September, 2018

Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey


Report submitted on 1 Feb, 2016 by Meltem Kizkin.

Teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Istanbul, Turkey?
They can upload their Resume on the job researching websites or the schools’ own websites.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
A bachelor degree from a university.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
A bachelor degre.
Advance English level.
At least 2 years teaching experience.

What are the levels of payment?
15-25 tl (approx. US$5 -US$8.4).

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
4 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
At the weekends.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English?
To learn native language.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey?
Earn more money than Turkish teachers.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey?
Don’t know.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
The local people have some problems about accepting English grammar rules.


Living in Istanbul, Turkey:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Turkey?

What is the cost of living like in Turkey?
2000 tl (approx. US$671).

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Don’t know.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Istanbul, Turkey?
It is an expensive city and there are lots of distractions.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Istanbul, Turkey?
The local people are irrespectful to foreigners.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Istanbul, Turkey?
Learn a little bit Turkish, don’t trust everybody, Don’t make friends from your students.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Nature. Food.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Turkey?
Nature. Food.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Meltem Kızkın

Nationality: Turk

Students I’ve taught in Turkey: Elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business.

Where I teachGop Şefkat Primary School, İstanbul – Gaziosmanpaşa. Teaching here for 4 years.

How I found my current jobs: From internet.

My school facilitiesInadequate (Teaching resources, technology access, school library, clasrooms)

Teacher support at my school: Lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.

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