CELTA Tutor Simge O’Grady guides you on taking your CELTA or DELTA via Ankara, Turkey

Ankara, the buzzing capital of Turkey, home to around 5 million people, is an exciting and memorable place to take your CELTA course! The cosmopolitan…

Ankara, the buzzing capital of Turkey, home to around 5 million people, is an exciting and memorable place to take your CELTA course! The cosmopolitan city has a wealth of history and culture to explore, including being Turkey’s premiere location for performing arts. The Ankara centre, located in the heart of the country, offers excellent value face-to-face and online CELTA courses as well as online DELTA Modules 1 and 3. Book your place for one of the Ankara CELTA or DELTA courses this year. 

We had a chat with CELTA Tutor Simge O’Grady from the Ankara, Turkey centre, who has given us the expert’s view on taking your CELTA via Ankara, as well as the DELTA Modules 1 and 3. Here’s our chat with Simge:

What brought you into the world of English language teaching in Ankara?

I was born and raised in Ankara and have always loved this city deeply. After completing my BA in Linguistics, I started teaching at a university and after receiving my DELTA diploma and completing my training, I started working as a trainer in Cambridge courses.

What is a face-to-face CELTA in Ankara like?

We do full-time face-to-face courses in the summer that last for four weeks. These are rather intensive but fruitful courses and there is a strong sense of community among the participants as you see each other more than your family during CELTA! It is an international environment with participants and trainers from different countries, which I think is also great preparation before entering the world of English language teaching.

If someone prefers to take an online CELTA via Ankara, what are these courses like?

We deliver our part time online courses via Moodle, which means participants can access the input material at their convenience, so online courses are more suitable for people who have full-time jobs and cannot spare a month to do the course because of other commitments. They only need to be available full-time during the two weeks of teaching practice. We want participants to still interact with each other, so we set some online discussion forum tasks and get together in a synchronous session on Zoom every two weeks. This also helps trainees to receive continuous tutor support.

How do the DELTA Module 1 and Module 3 courses you offer work?

Our fully-online Module 1 course is the preparation course for the Module 1 exam. The course is delivered via our online learning platform Moodle and helps participants with areas that may come up in the exam, provides further reading and study ideas and has exam tasks for them to try. They get individual feedback from a tutor on these tasks. In addition to that we also deliver four live Zoom sessions.

Our online Delta Module 3 course is also administered fully online via Moodle. We provide a lot of support through guideline documents, further reading and study ideas and an online forum course participants can use to ask questions. Course participants are encouraged to send in draft versions of their assignment at five stages for feedback from a tutor. We also deliver some live Zoom sessions on course design and assessment. Most teachers will choose to do the course design extended assignment for Module 3, but there is an ‘ELT Management’ option and we can support applicants in doing that as well.

How should a student prepare for the CELTA course?

The core principle in a CELTA course is communicative and student-centred teaching, so candidates who are willing to take CELTA might want to read about the communicative approach and how to move away from a traditional teacher-centred teaching. Jim Scrivener’s Learning Teaching is a great resource to familiarise with the concepts we focus on in the course. Language analysis is another key area in CELTA, so those who have not studied English grammar explicitly before might want to improve in that area. Scott Thornbury’s About Language and Parrott’s Grammar for English Language Teachers are two key books on this. At the Ankara centre, we provide access to such reference books with our online library for those who are doing distant courses.

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What advice would you give in terms of post-CELTA employment?

It is important to try and see what context and age group you would like to teach first. For those people who would like to teach abroad, we recommend doing research on what it is like to live in the country preferably by contacting other expats in the area to have a more realistic picture. One of the most important aspects of professional development after CELTA is continuing to apply and experiment with all the techniques introduced in the course so that one can internalise them and keep improving as a teacher.

What is the one thing people shouldn’t miss when they come to take their CELTA in Ankara?

First and foremost, visiting Anitkabir, the mausoleum of our nation’s great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, where participants can learn about the history of the Turkish Republic. For those who are interested in history, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations would be great, and participants can also visit Ankara Castle in the area. CerModern is best for those interested in modern art. I also recommend taking a stroll in Tunali and visiting our lovely swans in the Swan Park.

Apply to take the CELTA or DELTA online via Ankara, Turkey today!

If you are looking to start an exciting career where you can teach around the world, the CELTA course via Ankara, Turkey is a great place to start! Or if you are looking to take the next step in your teaching career, why not take your DELTA Module 1 or 3 via Ankara!

You can apply for the CELTA or DELTA through our online form. There are no application fees and the form form usually takes five to 15 minutes to complete.

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