Earn Your TEFL Certificate with Via Lingua in Istanbul, Turkey

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Via Lingua Istanbul provides an intensive, interactive program to gain certification as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our TEFL Istanbul Course is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the world today. Including 130 hours of expert tuition with 10 hours of assessed teaching practice, and covering all areas of Teaching Skills, Classroom Management, English Grammar, and Phonology, it exceeds international guidelines for the regulation of the TEFL profession.

The Via Lingua TEFL Certificate Course includes vital concepts and strategic skills to live and teach effectively abroad. Trainees learn a variety of cross-cultural skills with which to analyze different cultures, as well as their own. On successful completion of the course, you will receive the internationally recognized Via Lingua TEFL certificate. You will also be given a transcript from your trainers providing a breakdown of your performance on each component of the course.

  • Practical, engaging curriculum with professional and personal mentoring.
  • Ten hours of guided and monitored Teaching Practice with local students.
  • Graduate credits awarded to US University MA TESOL Programs.
  • Individual Job Guidance and Assistance for life.
  • Internationally recognized certification from an accredited program.

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A Master's or Bachelor's degree is preferred but we will consider those students in possession of a High School Diploma as well.


9.2 Rating
based on 15 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 86.67%
  • 7-8 rating 6.67%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 6.67%
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  • Benefits 4
  • Support 3
  • Fun 7
  • Facilities 3
  • Safety 1
  • Instruction 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Academic Rigor 7.9
  • Job Assistance 8.6
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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.
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TEFL Courses in Istanbul

The decision to take TEFL courses was long taken, however, Corona has postponed it several times. Getting an email in the end of July regarding the courses in August was one of the biggest joys during 2020. I had no doubts, of course, the global pandemic made it a bit more complicated. However, since the very first lesson, only the good vibes were spread. Instructors provided all the help needed, answered all the questions. 4 weeks were tough, especially 2,3 and 4th, but that was totally worth it! I was happy to study again, to meet motivated study peers and professional lecturers. I had some previous teaching practice, so these courses made me understand teaching from the different side. I had practice, now I needed professional help. And I did get it. Teaching practices were really useful and we received a lot of comments from the lectures who also indicated areas for improvement. Overall, I am happy that I decided to attend TEFL courses in the city I love - Istanbul.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just do it! If you have doubts, try it. There is a saying to better regret things that are done rather than the ones you never tried. Also, be prepared to postpone active travelling after the course, as there are a lot of things to be done in order to receive the TEFL certificate.
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A Wonderful Educational Experience in Istanbul

I really enjoyed my TEFL course at Via Lingua in Istanbul. I feel like I learned so much in such a little time. The professors are very experienced in their fields of education and linguistics -- it was a pleasure being in their classes! All the support staff were too friendly, always offering tea and coffee (and sometimes Baklava), and helping me with issues that were not even part of the class, such as getting a Turkish sim card. I really appreciated the close-knit friendly environment of the school, and loved getting delicious Turkish lunches together with my classmates and professors. The class was very small so we got lots of attention and feedback during our teaching practices. They also helped us navigate the TEFL job market in Istanbul with valuable tips and advice!

What would you improve about this program?
I would maybe like even more teaching materials provided, such as packets of lesson plan ideas and activities.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unsure about teaching overseas? Take the course anyway. These skills are translatable!

Lessons at ViaLingua Istanbul were a necessary compliment to traditional professional development that I receive as an overseas contractor. The coursework and teaching practicum were sometimes as challenging as the activities I had completed in college, but they enabled me to harness and develop skills not yet mentioned by other reviewers:
* enhanced active listening
* improved ability to give instructions
* clearer board work, confidence in presentation
* ability to conduct Need's Analysis and customize deliverables
* working/communicating effectively as a team
* demonstrating good decision-making
These are lessons not taught in traditional classrooms - a good foundation to have for future leadership positions. I highly recommend this course!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I stayed the entire length of my Visa. I'd have planned it!
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A challenging and essential course for any future teacher.

The location is fantastic and the staff is courteous and caring. Everything is pretty straight-forward, meaning you won't have to deal with any unexpected events. The material covered in the course is incredibly helpful and will prepare you for any teaching position in the future. No matter how much you already know about teaching or how well experienced you may think you are, there will always be new things for you to learn and improve on. This TEFL course was challenging in terms of the workload, pressure to perform and any material that may be new to you, such as grammar rules and how to be able to teach them to students from all backgrounds and levels. I highly recommend this course if you're looking to actually become a good teacher and are not simply trying to get just any TEFL certificate. This course is well worth the investment!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The 10 hour practicum can be daunting for those with little or no experience teaching, and the criticism from the director can be hard to overcome, however, trust me when I say that this course will help you grow into a better individual. Accept the challenge and you'll be ready for any teaching job in the world.
Yes, I recommend this program

A unique experience!

The most exciting and rewarding experience in my life .
Everything was great, the location, the school the staff, just everything!!
From day one , you feel that you are a part of warm supportive family, with Ismail being the father and head of this family, you can count in Ismail regarding anything.
Teachers were extremely competent and highly professional; they make you understand and study language in a new light that adds up to your knowledge and teaching style and methods .
The school lies in Istanbul, my favourite city in the entire world, you can explore Istanbul while studying this program, and visit the historical places and discover the great legacy left by this city's rich history . Not to mention enjoying the delicious cuisine .
Thank you Vial Lingua for making my CTEFL program as special as it was .

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Wonderful experience!

The 130 hours with Via lingua in Istanbul were really comprehensive to all ideas, methodologies, and pedagogy related primarily to teaching English to all age groups. With the successful completion of this training, I have confident feeling that I have achieved all the goals I have set and walked through for four weeks of intensive theoretical and practical lessons, which actually developed my teaching skills and enriched my knowledge of the task of teaching English as a foreign language from all aspects that will help me in my future journey in this domain that I love so much.
In addition to what was said above, this course gave me the opportunity to develop several basic English language skills, the first and the most important one from my personal perspective was the skill of speaking and communicating effectively. All the training sessions were based on an active and systematic approach that encourages all trainees to participate and get involved with the subject of the lesson. I admit that all the trainers played an essential role that deserves all thanks and praise; most of them were able to provide all the trainees with full confidence, which unleashed our knowledge and linguistic abilities and enabled us to keep up with the training with all confidence and effectiveness. Another thing that I have learned throughout the intensity of this training course, is how to be more organized, punctual, flexible and able to work in a team without being under any kind of pressure or surfacing any sort of difficulty. I improved my communication skills with others, the thing that had enabled me to lead a group of students competently in several teaching practice sessions.
Before having this course, I had some teaching experiences in some countries; I used to teach without any previous academic training and without being conscious of my mistakes during the teaching process. After I had this course and immediately after my first teaching practice session I had become more aware of what I was doing and how to fix that in a professional way. After each teaching practice, my teaching skills and abilities have witnessed huge and clear development in term of my classroom management (including the students and the class activities) and my teaching performance.
Honestly, Via Lingua in Istanbul is a good place to boost and improve your teaching skills and many other skills as well.
It was a wonderful experience with wonderful people!
Ibrahim LHADAF

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Yes, I recommend this program

The Best place in Istanbul to start your TEFL career!

I moved from the US to Istanbul in 2015 to begin a new chapter in my life as a TEFL TEACHER. Before coming to Istanbul, I researched several TEFL programs online but none of them were reassuring to me. Finally, I came across TEFL VIA LINGUA in Kadikoy Istanbul and they were the most helpful to me. Via Lingua answered all of questions 24/7! I was a little nervous coming to a new country and all, so I had quite a few questions. But they never got irritated with me, they were always prompt, very resourcful and courteus. They made my move so much easier by helping me find a nice, safe and comfortable place to stay while earning my TEFL CERTIFICATE. They also helped me to land my first job. Via Lingua is a very credible and reputable school, which is also well known throughout Istanbul, this is what makes them an excellent aid to their students who are needing help finding a job. The program was easy to follow and had the latest and up to date information needed to be a successful TEFL TEACHER. I have lived in Turkey for almost three years now and i still keep in touch with them. My experience with Via lingua was the BEST descision I have ever made! And they are the foundation of all my successes as a TEFL TEACHER!

What would you improve about this program?