TEFL in Turkey - Bursa

Date posted:2007-04-23 | Writer: English First-Bursa, Turkey | Email: [email protected]

We are a new branch of English First and its first outside of Istanbul
 (which is about 2 hours away). We teach a full complement of English
 courses, including General English, Business English, TOEFL/IELTS and
 English for Special Purposes. In the near future, we plan to expand our
 curriculum to include English for Young Learners. A summer camp of
 Intensive English is also being planned. 
 Currently, the teaching staff is small. There are three teachers here
 and a small and very capable support staff. We teach Mondays through
 Saturdays, but our current teacher's contract provides for two days off per
 week. Wherever possible, we try to schedule consecutive days off. Classes
 currently start at 8:30 a.m. and evening classes end at 9:15 pm. Again,
 wherever possible, we try to schedule to try to avoid "split shifts",
 though this is not always possible. 
 EF Bursa offers a basic salary of approximately 1600 new Turkish lira
 for 100 hours of instruction per month. Overtime is paid for any hours
 above that. Most classes are currently in-house, though some are located
 around Bursa which has a good transport system. 

 EF Bursa provides subsidized housing for teachers so that individual
 teacher costs do not exceed 200 YTL per month inclusive. There are also
 holidays and vacation days. Airfare is reimbursed at contract end.
 Contract duration is usually 12 months.

To apply contact: [email protected]

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


The productive skills in the classroom are: speaking and writing. They are different in many ways but are both used to communicate. Speaking skills require a great degree of fluency as the person who is speaking will in few instances have time to think and plan what their answer will be. It is important to understand the difference between accuracy and fluency activities. Accuracy and fluency are equally important.In this last unit of the course, it shared some great tips on how to start the first lesson. Usually the first day is very nerve wrecking and a teacher or maybe even the learners are nervous. I like how it suggest some ice breakers to help build rapport instead of jumping straight into coursework. I think all the topics it hit for troubleshooting are definitely realistic problems one might encounter during a class.