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Turkish Lessons (In-Person OR Online) for Adults and Kids from an Experienced and Patient Teacher Living in Istanbul-Learn&Practice&Speak!

I have been teaching Turkish for 16 years. I started to teach when I was studying Turkish Language and Literature. I worked in a language school and at the universities, I suppose that I gained success. 😊 My achievements are directly proportional to my students’ success. I feel rewarded when I witness their progress in applying their Turkish language skills to their daily lives.

Over the years, I have met hundreds of people from all over the world, taught Turkish, and told them about Istanbul and Turkey. Those people told me about their countries and learned to express themselves in Turkish. For example, I ask them: “Do you like Istanbul?” in Turkish it is “İstanbul’u senior museum?” or “ Traffic is very bad in Istanbul!”, “İstanbul’ da çok Trafik var!” The basic but correct conversation is really important for self-confidence in any language. If a learner can master basic sentence forms, the rest will come much easier. On the other hand, making mistakes is also very important. Especially, a learner can not speak without making a mistake the first and second time.

My students are always varied and have diverse learning skills. My professionalism also allows me to tailor language education according to individual interests, needs, and capacities. In the classroom, I hold firm three main principles: first, providing a comfortable environment, second, creating an encouraging atmosphere, and third, establishing a collaborative instruction model. I consider that I developed an aptitude for making learning Turkish to become much easier, enjoyable and practical for my students.

I use a book prepared by a university in Turkey. I share the pdf version of the book for my lessons. I also adapt the materials according to the learner’s needs and support the book with my authentic materials. Even though I use a communicative approach, all my lessons are guided by a solid knowledge of grammar.

On the online lessons, I send an e-mail after every lesson. That word file includes a vocabulary list, sentences (corrected and uncorrected versions, you can compare both of them easily), grammar point and homework for revision. In this way, you can find everything in a file well organized. When we have a face to face lesson, I give a hard copy of this list after every lesson. The lessons could be at my home office or in my student's house or office. I sometimes meet with my students in a coffee shop, I try to prefer silent places. :)

How learning a new language opens a new window into a person, teaching Turkish is also the same for me! I was always interested in languages - I could speak a bit of Italian and learned Persian grammar except English.

I always think about Istanbul -I was born and grew up here- it is a good place for self-improvement. First and foremost, Istanbul hosts international people coming from around the world. It is considering to me, I am lucky because I have one of the pleasant professions.

When teaching Turkish, promoting cross-cultural awareness forms an important part of my lessons. Teaching the language involves both the students and myself in a dynamic conversation about our cultural backgrounds.

Teaching Turkish is in fact not only teaching a language but also teaching a culture. I am interested in cinema, music and like visiting museums. I always share the activities with my students.

I also teach Turkish to young learners. I started to study Child Development at Istanbul University as a second university in 2018. We say in Turkish, “Studies have no age!"

If you want to speak Turkish well, please contact me. It is fun, and we will smile during the lesson!

Extra information

The main book is clearly structured with a strategic approach to learning Turkish by using all the language skills – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking from A1 to C2 level. Additionally, the workbook includes a lot of exercises for doing homework or revision. Doing homework is important for your development but I am not really strict about that. :) Please feel free to communicate with me at any time.

Location

At teacher's location: Acıbadem, 34718 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
At student's location: Around Istanbul, Turkey
Online via webcam

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General info

Skills:

Age:

Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Duration:

60 minutes
90 minutes
120 minutes

The class is taught in:

English, Turkish

About Me

How learning a new language opens a new window into a person, teaching Turkish is also the same for me! I was always interested in languages - I could speak a bit of Italian and learned Persian grammar except English.

I always think about Istanbul -I was born and grew up here- it is a good place for self-improvement. First and foremost, Istanbul hosts international people coming from around the world. It is considering to me, I am lucky because I have one of the pleasant professions.

I have met numerous people, taught Turkish, and told them about Istanbul. Those people told about their cities and expressed themselves. Of course, all these happened when I taught Turkish. 😊 When teaching Turkish, promoting cross-cultural awareness forms an important part of my lessons. Teaching the language involves both the students and myself in a dynamic conversation about our cultural backgrounds.

Teaching Turkish is in fact not only teaching a language but also teaching a culture. I am interested in cinema, music and like visiting the museums. I always share the activities with my students.

I also teach Turkish to young learners. I started to study Child Development at Istanbul University as a second university in 2018. We say in Turkish, “Studies has no age!"

Education

* Istanbul University, Istanbul, Bachelor of Education Faculty, Child Development, 2018- Present

* Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Master of Arts in History, 2012. (Full Scholarship)

* Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, Exchange-Erasmus Student in Turkish Studies, 2010.

* Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Bachelor of Arts in Turkish Language and Literature, 2008. (Full Scholarship)

Experience / Qualifications

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

* Freelancer Instructor of Turkish for Foreigners, Istanbul, January 2018 - Current.

* Instructor of Turkish for Foreigners (Adults and Kids), Concept Languages, Istanbul, 2012-2017.

* Taught Turkish to Children, MEF International Schools, Istanbul, between 2014-2016.

* Lecturer of Turkish for International Students, Istanbul Şehir University, Istanbul, Part-time Spring 2013.

* Lecturer of Turkish Language for Native Speakers, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Fall 2010.

* Instructor of Turkish for Erasmus Students, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Summer 2010.

RELEVANT TRAINING-CERTIFICATION:

• TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), in Queen Tesol Centre, Istanbul, (06 January- 25 February 2018)

• “Workshops for How to Teach New Methodologies and How to Prepare New Materials for Adults and Children”, Concept Languages, (2012-2017, Monthly)

• “Programme in Training Teachers of Turkish as a Foreign Language”, Turkish Language Research and Application Center (TÖMER), (02-28 April 2012)

Reviews (14)

I was fortunate to get across a professional and well experienced teacher. I have tried learning Turkish through different institutions and through self learning but I was never able to improve in such short period as I have with Başak. If you are searching for a teacher to help you with the Turkish language I will definitely recommend her. Thank you Başak and I wish you all the best.
I've had on-site classes with Başak and intend to continue online when returning to Germany. Classes are well structured and generally held in Turkish, only sometimes we resort to English, mainly for abstract grammatical questions. Başaks knowledge about grammar and the way (other) languages work is a big plus when talking about such topics. Classes generally focus on learning by doing, though. Learning is both efficient and fun. Having worked with many language teachers before, I wholeheartedly recommend Başak as a teacher. Also, Başaks place is well connected to public transportation. It can quickly be reached from other districts that are popular with tourists such as Beyoğlu or Sultanahmet.
Başak is a great teacher, very patient and encouraging!
I am following a class with Başak to learn turkish. The lessons are held in english. This course covers pronunciation, grammar and free speaking which are also adapted to daily life situations as well as speaking about yourself. I have experienced a very well organized and structured teacher on a professional basis. The teacher gives clear instructions, pays attention to the pronunciation and corrects you when needed, which is crucial for the turkish pronunciation. The course fees contain the tuition as booked and course material as the class is accompanied by a book (workbook and exercise book) and audio files. The books are sent to you in advance, makes it very convenient to take a print out or as a digital version on your tablet/PC/phone. Between the lessons homework will be assigned and checked by her via mail and discussed in the next lesson. So far, I am very happy with the lessons and I am also confident that I will improve my turkish steadily in the future with her. Thanks
She is an absolutely excellent teacher! I have been teaching for many years and rarely meet another teacher so experienced, well-prepared and innovative in her approach.
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