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Farzaneh
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intense but worth it

I knew what I was getting myself into before the course and it was everything I expected. The staff are great and help you in all ways to become the teacher you want to be. You won't get to explore much however since you'll be studying and preparing for classes most the time. During my course, Istanbul was hit with one of its worst snowstorms in 20 years and I had lots of laughs on my shitty luck. It is an experience you will hold dear in your life for sure. And if you have any problems Ismail is there to help you!

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Jehad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Via Lingua Istanbul

My experience of the TEFL course in Istanbul was an incredible experience. While all the experienced passionate trainers quenched my academic thirst, they also succeeded at reaching for us on a personal level and guided our training with specialized tips and hints that are tailored to our personalities and style in teaching. They have also established the fundamentals of modern methods of teaching English as a foreign language, all while making us feel comfortable and at ease in the school. By the end of the course, I was feeling as a well prepared teacher ready to take on a class with confidence. They have also gave a well rounded guidance for entering the market of English teaching in Turkey (especially in Istanbul). Overall the experience was very pleasant and I would recommend it for anyone wishing to get a teaching job in Istanbul or even for teachers in the making who would like to obtain the TEFL certificate in Istanbul for the experience of the city and teach later in another country.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
While looking for a late night snake I saw a big rolling greasy meat pole and assumed it was the ever famous doner of Turkey. I tried asking for the doner with the less than a dozen of Turkish words that I knew aided with gestures. After doing a quick google search on what was that sandwich I've had, I came to the realization that I've had a sandwich of lamb guts. Experience: 10/10 Taste : 7/10
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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great TEFL course

It was a great course! I now have the expertise required to teach TEFL. The staff is amazing and the teachers are great! I think that anyone with enough drive can do this. The course was very rigorous and we learned a lot in terms of grammar and teaching practices. I made lifelong friends and my teachers are now my mentors. Teaching English is not as easy as it looks, therefore it's important to receive the proper training... There are myriads of TEFL courses to choose from online but they may not all be legitimate. I truly believe that I chose correctly. I even found a job straight out of the course! I cannot recommend it enough.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The final exam. However, with enough studying, everyone can do it!
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Amina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course in Istanbul Nov.2021

The course in Istanbul was great, I loved my time there and would 100% recommend it as a destination for completing the TEFL course.

The centre had all the facilities required and the employees were very friendly and approachable- I never needed anything, the centre provided all the material. Additionally, the centre is well located in the heart of the vibrant Kadikoy.

The course tutors were fantastic and there experience was evident from the start- I learnt a great deal from them all. I was able to work on my grammar, pace and confidence all which were goals of mine prior to completing the course. I am therefore, grateful for the time I spent in Istanbul.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My first teaching practice, I was so very nervous and didn't know how I would do it and what the students would think of me. I overcame it by taking to my course instructors and colleagues who reassured me that I am well prepared and that the first time is always difficult - I did end up having a great first lesson and continued to grow and develop which each teaching practice.
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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quality course!

Before taking the course in Istanbul, I'd read the course was intense but worth it. I absolutely agree! The course is intense and you won't have much time for sightseeing but it is so worth the hard work. You'll learn so much and graduate with confidence in preparing a solid lesson plan. All the teachers in the course are top knotch and extremely knowlegable as well as
professional and suportive in the learning process. They want you to succeed and will guide you along the way. I am really happy I did it in person! I never could have done it online and thankful to all those involved!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would study English grammar more thoroughly, before the course!
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Kevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Training

First off, the staff is amazing. They do everything they can to assist you during your training. They are there every step. The scheduled is rigorous- you must make the training your priority. The teachers / instructors are pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. Their English proficiency is excellent, very easy to understand their instructions. The location of the school is easily accessible with many apartments and or hotels near by. I am very pleased with my decision to receive my TEFL certification from Via Lingua - Kent English.

What was your funniest moment?
It is funny now, but now during the activity. It snowed and iced over the walk ways from my apartment to the school. Halfway through my trip I slipped, not once but twice. Needless to say, my rear end was wet from back to toe. I had a presentation this day as well, so I would be in front of the class. The staff took the time to get a second heater out so I could dry before class started. Emergency diverted.
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Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you, Via Lingua Istanbul!

Researching the best TEFL Course can be very overwhelming. From online organisations, to Groupon – there are a plethora of opportunities to undergo the Teaching English as A Foreign Language process. However, due to the global pandemic, in-class sessions are a bit limited. That’s where Via Lingua International sparked a great interest. Through Via Lingua International I was able to secure a spot in the Istanbul branch to receive my certification.

My time at Via Lingua Istanbul was exceptional! This intense month-long course was filled with teaching practicums, lesson planning, extensive grammar review and basic expectations of a teacher. To say it was intensive would be an understatement!

I highly suggest Via Lingua Istanbul for anyone who wants to be in the magnificent city of Istanbul with qualified instructors who want nothing but the best for you in a professional capacity.

Thank you Via Lingua Istanbul!

What was your funniest moment?
The endless study sessions with my classmates where we would laugh uncontrollably at the most random things.
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Lilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course in Istanbul. Wonderful experience and precious knowledge!

Getting TEFL certified is one of the most important achievements in my life. This course gave me new knowledge and ideas for my future teaching practice.
All trainers were very helpful, kind and always positive. They provided us with clear explanations, a lot of examples, activities and group work. The trainers always created good atmosphere during our classes, so I could ask them any questions I had.
TEFL course is really very intensive. It includes different aspects of teaching (from teaching reading, listening skills etc. to classroom management). Be ready to work hard during these four weeks. It is better to brush up your Grammar before the course starts. Also it is a good idea to work on Portfolio, Individual Project and Group Project from the very beginning, so the trainee will have enough time to prepare for Final Assessment Test.
Teaching practices were especially useful for me and I got experience of teaching adults. Our observers gave us valuable comments and advices how to improve our lesson plans and teaching (for instance, better time management and decreasing teacher talking time).
I would like to thank all the staff and director at Via Lingua Istanbul for their help, kindness, patience and understanding!!!
I really enjoyed my time in this beautiful and amazing city - İstanbul.

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Lilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course in Istanbul. Wonderful experience and precious knowledge!

Getting TEFL certified is one of the most important achievements in my life. This course gave me new knowledge and ideas for my future teaching practice.
All trainers were very helpful, kind and always positive. They provided us with clear explanations, a lot of examples, activities and group work. The trainers always created good atmosphere during our classes, so I could ask them any questions I had.
TEFL course is really very intensive. It includes different aspects of teaching (from teaching reading, listening skills etc. to classroom management). Be ready to work hard during these four weeks. It is better to brush up your Grammar before the course starts. Also it is a good idea to work on Portfolio, Individual Project and Group Project from the very beginning, so the trainee will have enough time to prepare for Final Assessment Test.
Teaching practices were especially useful for me and I got experience of teaching adults. Our observers gave us valuable comments and advices how to improve our lesson plans and teaching (for instance, better time management and decreasing teacher talking time).
I would like to thank all the staff and director at Via Lingua Istanbul for their help, kindness, patience and understanding!!!
I really enjoyed my time in this beautiful and amazing city - İstanbul.

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Ali
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Certification

The instructors were very helpful and well connected with their field.
The program offers job assistance by providing letters of recommendation.
Not an easy course (practice your grammar), which is good thing if you actually want to earn a useful TEFL practice.
The city is very affordable with easy access to transportation (Metro, Bus, or even Boat Fare), and also very safe filled with good people.

Also, the program took great amount of COVID measures in the class (mandatory face mask, social distancing, and very well kept facility).

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Go over the course content and topics beforehand, review class lectures and lessons after each class day, and also give yourself some time before the start of the program to not only review the material, but also some time to get used to your sleeping pattern according to the country's time zone.