Cambridge CELTA Course in Istanbul

Spanning two continents with a rich history, astounding culture, and monumental structures, a CELTA in Turkey means you can have your classes in Asia while relaxing thereafter in Europe.

TEFL Certification in Istanbul, Turkey

Formerly known as Constantinople, Byzantium and Stamboul through its different phases of history, Istanbul, the biggest city in Turkey, is one of its kind in terms of architectural wonders and an ageless charm attributed to its rich past. There is a striking collection of remnants of ancient empires like the Hagia Sophia, stunning skylines, and beautiful skyscrapers. Istanbul makes a great choice for CELTA candidates who prefer a mixture of fun, adventure, and study.

Our CELTA centers in Istanbul are located with easy access to most of the famous attractions for students to explore while getting an excellent teacher training experience. Our training schedule covers 120 hours of face to face work and aligns with the requirements of the University of Cambridge CELTA syllabus.

Classes are made up of input sessions on language skills, methodology, language analysis, classroom management, learning, and teaching contexts and lesson planning.

You will observe at least six hours of lessons by experienced teachers and teach two different levels of ESL students while being observed and evaluated by tutors. There is no final examination. Hence, you will have to complete four written assignments and assessed teaching practice during the course, which will contribute to your evaluation.

Istanbul Course Highlights - A Quick Glance

  • A minimum of 120 contact hours at our center, with additional hours spent outside class for self-study: background reading, lesson planning and assignment writing.
  • Trainees are involved in lesson planning, language analysis, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice along with peer observation.
  • 6 hours of observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals.
  • On-going job support, suitable assistance and continous professional development services.

Istanbul Course Dates

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Istanbul Course Details

Entry Requirements

  • You should be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (trainees can be accepted over 18 at the center’s discretion).
  • While the course itself does not require you to have a degree, you should have a standard of education equivalent to that required for an entry into primary or higher education.
  • Have a strong command, awareness of English language with equal skills over verbal and written English so as to follow the course and complete the assignments.

Course Syllabus

Some of the main units of learning are:

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation and management skills
  • Teaching practice and guidelines


You will be continually assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

CELTA course trainees will always be kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

Teaching Practice, Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course where trainees work in groups to plan, observe and give feedback to each other.

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes.
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice.
  • Observation of both peer and qualified ELT teachers for six hours.

CELTA Training Center in Istanbul

Our Istanbul TEFL centers are located within the heart of the city, offering high standard teacher training for decades. Both centers have very spacious facilities to support teacher training and are easily accessible with various transport links.

The Kagithane Center: The Kagithane center is located at Silahtar Sok. No. 9 Kat: 2, 4. Levent Kagithane, Istanbul. We began running courses in the year 1987 and has since trained a large number of teachers.

Our classrooms are very comfortable with computers, whiteboards, and Wifi systems that facilitate learning. Our CELTA classes usually consist of an interesting mix of students from different backgrounds and nationalities.

The Barbaros Center: The Barbaros Center is located at Cihannuma, Barbaros Blv. No 91, 34353 Besiktas, Istanbul with easy access to shops and public transport and within the same district that houses the Dolmabahce Palace Museum.

We have abundant classrooms, a well-set library, a computer laboratory, a film club, and free internet, all easily accessible to trainees to aid their learning experience. We also have a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and a rooftop terrace that offers a view of the Bosphorus, a delightful sight for most of our trainees during their break period.

Job Support and Placement: Istanbul, Turkey

At our Istanbul centers for teacher training, we place a high priority on our CELTA trainees' professional development during and after the course.

We provide a high level of job support services, including links to some of the most popular job websites with opportunities across the world.

We also act as referees and will put in a word for you as required to assist in finding jobs within and outside Turkey.

Why Choose CELTA in Istanbul?

Istanbul is one of the most historic destinations in all of Asia, and its status as covering two continents attracts many tourists. Apart from being a fascinating place to study for a CELTA, Istanbul is a major international economic center across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Hence there are a lot of opportunities for English language instructors. Also, the city has the highest market for ESL teachers in the whole of Turkey.

There is a diverse range of opportunities for teachers with a CELTA certificate in private language schools, universities, international private schools, and even private teaching jobs like weekend classes and group tutoring.

ESL Teachers in Istanbul can earn as much as 1,500 USD to 2,800 per month, depending on the type of institution. Those who teach in international schools may earn up to 3,000 USD with benefits including accommodation allowance and health insurance.

Although Istanbul is a great tourist attraction city, its living costs are affordable; hence, you can live comfortably, travel, and save on your salary as an ESL teacher. Istanbul also has an excellent transport system, which gives you easy access to breathtaking spots in Turkey, and you can easily explore different parts of Asia and Europe as well.

Things to do in Istanbul, Turkey while taking a CELTA

Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located on the Asian and European continent. It is separated on both sides by the famous Bosphorus Strait. The town was once referred to as the world's hippest city and has a lot of outstanding attraction spots for tourists. As a CELTA trainee in Istanbul, you can choose from a diverse range of activities, from visiting ancient empires to shopping and enjoying the best traditional dishes.

Visit the Sultanahmet Square at the heart of the city for both historical adventure and relaxation. You will find beautiful fountains and the remnant of an ancient hippodrome. From the square, you can also get a glimpse of the 6th-century mosque Hagia Sophia, one of the most prominent structures in the world, which is now a museum. Famed as the capital of the Ottoman Empire, you will also find a lot of architectural edifices in the city.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, are two of such antique structures and famous places to visit.

For more enticing historical adventures, visit the Basilica of Cistern to see the striking upside-down statue of Medusa or the Aya Sofya, which was originally a Byzantine church, then converted into a mosque and finally a museum. Shop at the Grand Bazaar, one of the biggest shopping centers in the city. There you will find all sorts of gift items, jewelry, leather, and the Turkish Kilim Rug.

CELTA trainees who love to try new dishes will also enjoy Istanbul. Try the traditional Kebabs said to originate from Turkey and made with fish, lamb, or chicken garnished with tomato sauce and melted butter. Then there is the Turkish Delight, called Lokum made of dates and hazelnuts with rosewater or bergamot orange flavors. Finally, during any of your weekends, enjoy saunas and traditional Turkish baths at spas known as hammams.

Begin your CELTA in Istanbul, relish in its rich history and enjoy easy access to the laidback Asian and modern European parts of the city while you earn the skills and confidence to teach English anywhere in the world.

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