After much research, we enrolled in a TEFL course and soon after began researching potential schools to work for. One school that stood out was Wall Street English (WSE). After completing the interview process, we were soon offered a position to teach at a center in Ankara, Turkey. As you know, we accepted the offer and moved in February 2014. Two weeks into our experience, all we can say is that we’re enjoying the position, our colleagues and our new life in Ankara. Here are a few highlights about our professional experience so far:
1. We Work for Wall Street English
We work for an international language school called Wall Street English. Wall Street English (formerly known as Wall Street Institute, School of English), has been a leader in English instruction for adults. Their website shows that there are nearly 450 centers in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and The Middle East. Interestingly enough, the WSE curriculum is in alignment with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
2. Our Center is Beautiful
(Yes, we sit next to each other).
3. Our Job is Fun and Fulfilling
We work 6 days a week (a typical work week in Turkey) for a total of 33 hours. During our time in the office, we are active in various part of the student ‘Acquisition Cycle’:
- Interactive Lessons – These multimedia lessons teach new vocabulary, grammar and idioms through dramatized real–life situations. Students take part in this online lessons on an individual basis. We have no role in this part of the cycle.
- Student Manual – Summarizing the learning points from the Interactive Lesson, students complete various activities in their workbook, or Student Manual. Again, this is done on an individual basis and we have no role in this part of the cycle.
- Encounter – Led by a native English speaker (enter Chris and Pouneh), Encounters allow 1-5 students to apply their new language skills. During an Encounter, our job is to assess each student’s ability to reproduce the grammar and vocabulary acquired during the Interactive Lessons and reinforced by the activities in the Student Manual. Our role in the Encounter is probably the most important part of our job at WSE. This takes up about 75% of our time.
- The other 25% of our time is spent on hosting other sessions, like Complementary Classes and Social Club Activities.These are opportunities for us to be creative and create additional opportunities for students to practice their English. So far, we have discussed travel, food, politics, the Olympics and many other topics. These two types of sessions are very fun for us, as it allows us to really get to know the students, who are all very sweet, motivated and at times, quite funny!
In short, we are enjoying this opportunity in Ankara and look forward to what the next 11 months have in store!