Telf Istanbul

TEFL / TESOL in Istanbul

TEFL in Istanbul / TESOL in Istanbul

When it comes to education in Turkey, Istanbul is the place. Some of the most reputable schools operate in Istanbul.

Earn your TEFL certification in a training center that is located in a brand new location. The ultra-modern space features two large TEFL classrooms, a library with TEFL-course-related documentation and a kitchen. Here TEFL course participants may prepare their own tea or coffee. The course features 120 hours on site, including daily teaching practice followed by a feedback session starting Week 2 of the four-week TEFL program. The EFL students are Turkish citizens who come to the school to be taught by the TEFL trainees.

Our TEFL trainer in Istanbul holds an MA in English and gained considerable experience in teaching EFL in various language schools throughout Turkey.

Turkish schools desperately seek qualified TEFL teachers, it’s is easy for the school in terms of job placement support. In fact, TEFL trainees are guaranteed three interviews with schools in Turkey as part of the program.

As with all our locations, graduating from the 120-Hour on-site TEFL course in Istanbul makes you eligible to work at all schools worldwide, including schools in South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Those are countries that pay the highest salaries; however, they also want to see a program with intensive teaching practicum.

120-Hour In-class TESOL Certification
(100% on-site training)

Total course fee: $1,200

Deposit: $300 (upon registration)

Balance payment: $900 due 5 business days before the first course day

The program comes with full career support and three guaranteed interviews with Turkish schools.

This program is eligible for credit transfer to an MA Education.

The center is closed on holidays.


27 August – 21 September
24 September – 19 October
22 October – 16 November
19 November – 14 December



(75% on-line/25% on-site teaching practice)

Total course fee: $1,200

Deposit: $375 (upon registration)

Balance payment: $825 due five business days before the first teaching practice day

The program is eligible for credit transfer to an MA Education and comes with full career support, including three guaranteed interviews with Turkish schools.

The center is closed on holidays.


Teaching Practice Dates 2018
    • 27 August – 4 September
    • 24 September – 30 September
    • 22 October – 30 October
    • 19 November – 27 November

Special Features

Bosporus Tour
Whirling Dervish Night
Turkish night (dinner and performance)
Dinner by the Golden Horn
Day trip to Þile (Black sea coastal resort)
Picnic in Belgrade Forest

The events are not included in the course fees. They are optional and require a minimum number of participants in order to take place.

Turkey is a beautiful country with dream-come-true beaches, stunning mountain views, and picturesque lakes. Its people are famous for being very friendly and hospitable. Turkey is on the must-see list of many travelers.

Teaching English in Turkey is certainly attractive. Teachers have the opportunity to explore ancient, historical mosques, discover bargains at huge bazaar markets, and enjoy delicious dishes of Turkish cuisine. And they can visit nearby countries at a bargain due to their proximity to Turkey.

Teaching Opportunities

English teachers are in big demand in Turkey, and this demand is ever increasing. As the cost of living is rather low, and teachers make a decent salary, they can expect a comfortable life style.

International Private School Jobs in Turkey

International schools in Turkey offer excellent salary and benefits packages for certified, experienced teachers. You can find teaching jobs in Turkey from kindergarten to high school. Occasionally, teacher-support staff (guidance counselor, learning support) and administrative roles (principals, vice-principals, dean of faculty) is hired.

International Private School Teaching Salary and Benefits

Qualified teachers in Turkey earn approximately $1,200-$2,500 per month. Combined with a comprehensive benefits package and considering the low cost of living, this salary allows qualified teachers to enjoy a high standard of living in Turkey. Most schools in Turkey require certification and previous experience.

EFL Teaching Positions

With an ever-growing amount of EFL jobs, Turkey is a great spot to teach English. Available positions range from teaching young learners to adults in private language lessons, group sessions, weekend classes, and conversation lessons.

EFL Teaching Salary and Benefits

EFL teachers in Turkey can expect to earn $1,000-1,800 per month, depending on qualifications and experience. TEFL/TESL certification and previous EFL-teaching experience are strongly preferred. Schools want professionals in the field.

Vacations in Turkey

Summer vacation is from late June until early September. During the school year, schools close for two weeks in February, and they don’t operate on all national and religious holidays.

Istanbul, with its natural beauty, its long history, and its beautiful, architectural sights is a city that has attracted local and international tourists for ages. Here are five great things to do in Istanbul.

  1. Visit Hagia Sophia.

Once the biggest cathedral in the world for hundreds of years, the Hagia Sophia is considered the magnum opus of Byzantine architecture. Some say the building is symbolic of the eclectic history of Istanbul itself, with beautiful Christian mosaics alongside brilliant Islamic calligraphy.

  1. Go shopping to the Grand Bazaar.

Located a little more than a mile west of Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest and oldest indoor shopping markets in the world.

  1. Spend time in the European part of Istanbul.

Taksim is a vibrant, modern neighborhood located in the European part of Istanbul. Scores of restaurants and bars are populated with travelers, as well as popular hotels. Burger Kind is a hit here.

  1. Enjoy Turkish nightlife in Ortakoy.

While the Taksim area draws the vast majority of partygoers, the small neighborhood of Ortakoy happily enjoys its less popular status. Its isolated position translates to a more Turkish crowd with few tourists

  1. Take a Turkish bath.

The Süleymaniye Hamam is a historic Turkish bath located near the Suleymaniye mosque. It caters primarily to tourists and has a reputation for being clean and non-sketchy (which is a legitimate concern at some of the baths in Istanbul).


Istanbul is located between two continents, and the city is divided by Bosporus Strait which lets air stream from Balkans, Siberia and Marmara (south). The city enjoys four seasons. In spring, temperatures average approximately 20º C, but nights are colder around 15º C. Tulip blossom time is around mid April which is an indicator for spring. Rains are common.

Generally starting in July, the weather is hot and humid. It’s vacation season. Light layers of clothing are perfect for this time of year; don’t forget that Turks dress fairly conservatively, so save the shorts for the beach only! In July and August, day temperatures climb to over 30º C.

In September and October, you can still enjoy good weather most of the days. Cloudy days or light rains are common and maybe you may need a jacket for nights. In early November, the temperatures start to fall significantly but it’s too early for storms or snow. From December till March, temperatures are around 5 -10º C. Although it’s not common for Istanbul, get prepared for (-) degrees C on some days. Snow and strong winds negatively affect city transportation, especially ferries. People prefer shopping the malls or in covered areas during this season, except on New Year’s Eve. The street parties let them forget the cold weather.



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