Site Search:
 
TEFL International Supports Dave's ESL Cafe
TEFL Courses, TESOL Course, English Teaching Jobs - TEFL International
Job Discussion Forums Forum Index Job Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Turkish Language course at Bakırköy

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Turkey
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Anitata



Joined: 30 Apr 2003
Posts: 42
Location: Sydney

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:19 pm    Post subject: Turkish Language course at Bakırköy Reply with quote

Hello...its me again. I want to learn some Turkish and I live close to Bakırköy on the European side of Istanbul. Does anyone know any Language center in the area. some information please!!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mike_2003



Joined: 27 Mar 2003
Posts: 344
Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I looked for language courses here for a while about two years ago. I went around a few of the bigger schools but none of them had anything. They used to, but they had shut down the Turkish lessons because there wasn't enough interest. Some of them said they could organize private lessons from one of their teachers but the prices were a bit silly. The closest I could find was Tomer in Taksim. Something might have opened up again since then.

In the end I found a Turkish literature/grammar teacher and got lessons off him and that helped a lot.

Mike
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
ghost



Joined: 30 Jan 2003
Posts: 1329
Location: Saudi Arabia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 6:28 pm    Post subject: Tömer Language courses Reply with quote

Yeah, Tömer is pretty good and the prices are usually reasonable. I took a one month Tömer course this past summer in Ankara. It was four hours every morning with the same teacher. We were 6 students in the class (and that is the smallest number Tömer accepts for a group course rate). 2 Israelis, one Iranian (who lived in the part of Iran where they speak a Turkic related language), one Bangladeshi and one Quatari.

If you sign up on site the usual price is around 250 U.S. for the one month course (I had to pay 1000 U.S.) because I made the mistake of going through an agent in Canada.

In Ankara (and I assume the same system is used in Istanbul) the Turkish teachers only speak Turkish from day one...that is the policy, and some people find that tough. But your 'ear' does really improve with a one month intensive. Plus you are given loads of homework. At Tömer Ankara the teachers told us we should spend the same amount of time doing homework as class time (i.e. 4 hours), but I found that about one hour per night was sufficient to pass the first level Tömer course.

At Tömer there is a nice blend of grammar, reading and conversation. After about one week you are expected to produce short one page essays in Turkish and if you follow the course this is what you will achieve.

At the end of the course you will be able to hold basic conversations using the present tense. If you do some extra on your own you will also have some past tense and future tense, because you really need those to be more street wise in the language.

One to one tutoring is a rip off as many of the language schools ask you for about 35 U.S. per hour.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Albulbul



Joined: 08 Feb 2003
Posts: 364

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 10:12 am    Post subject: turkish Reply with quote

Check out the ads in the Turkish Daily News.

I regret that I did not learn Turkish when I was younger. When I was a student in Scotland in the 1960's Turkish ws one of the languages on offer at Elementary level. Now that I am senile, tackling a new language from a completely different language group is just too much. If you want to learn a FL do it YOUNG !!!!!!!!!!!!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ghost



Joined: 30 Jan 2003
Posts: 1329
Location: Saudi Arabia

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 7:11 pm    Post subject: Language acquisition and age Reply with quote

Yes it is easier to learn languages when you are young but you can learn languages at any age if you are motivated. For example in the Koleji I teach at there are several English teachers (female) from Britain, U.S.A., Holland and they have all learned very decent level Turkish within one year. How did they do it? All of them in this particular case have Turkish husbands and/or partners.

Turkish is a medium level difficult language to learn because of the word order, and system of endings to words etc... but it has the advantage of being easy to pronounce and read once you know all the little rules.

Another example of people learning Turkish well are the foreign football players who play in the Turkish Super League. These players come from countries like Nigeria, Romania, France etc....and most of them operate very well in Turkish within six months. They can function well with directives and express all their needs. Check into the t.v. to hear these sports stars speak in Turkish.

At Tömer Ankara, for example, everyone who takes the course continually for 6 to 8 months would be considered advanced level Turkish students with oral fluency.

People who go in with the mindset that Turkish is difficult and restrict their social time to the company of other 'yabancis' could stay here for years and learn basically very little.

If you want to you can.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
scot47



Joined: 10 Jan 2003
Posts: 12207
Location: Ultima Thule

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 11:20 am    Post subject: learning turkish Reply with quote

Well it is difficult for me becasue I am not in Turkey ! I tried to learn - with a native Turkish speaker - while living in Saudi Arabia. Now I know about the real benefits of "total immersion" !
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
dmb



Joined: 12 Feb 2003
Posts: 8397

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Scot47. being in Turkey is better. Having been away from turkey for over a year I found it difficult to get back into turkish. However after about a week of being back this summer I was able to converse in Turkish again.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Turkey All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2011 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group

Road2Spain - TEFL and Spanish with one year student visa
EBC