A Typical Day Teaching in Denizli

I’ve probably already told most people what my life teaching English in Denizli is like, but I thought I’d give a quick summary anyway.

The university I work at is Pamukkale University, just a short walk from where I live. The campus has a nice background, located at the foothills of the mountains.

Yabancı Diller Yüksekokulu (School of Foreign Languages)

I visit about 30 classes for a 45 minute conversation lesson during each class’ four hour day. That means that I see some classes every week, but some classes only every other week. I like that I have been able to meet many different students (each class is unique from the others), but at the same time it would be nice to have more of a personal connection with the students.

The English classes are divided into three levels: A (elementary), B (intermediate), and C (advanced). Even among classes of the same level, there is a wide range of actual language level, so I try my best to tailor the lessons according to each class’ needs. When planning lessons I also take into consideration the dynamics of the class–some classes are very quiet and need a fun activity to get them interested, while other classes are very energetic and need an activity that will help settle them down a bit. I try to make the conversation classes as interesting as possible and am constantly brainstorming activities that students would enjoy. Some of my favorite activities have been teaching English idioms (in a game format), playing Taboo, and using Tic-Tac-Toe to correct common writing errors (I divided the class into two teams and they were only allowed to mark “x” or “o” if they found the error in the sentence written on the board). My plan for the C classes next week is to try and have a debate. I’ve done this as a TA in the US and it generally works out pretty well, but I’m still a little nervous to see how it will work in this situation. I think the students have a speaking level high enough to be able to do well with it though.

My schedule varies depending on the day, but generally I visit four to six classes Monday through Thursday. There are classes held in four 45 minute blocks in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Some days I only teach for four hours in the morning or afternoon, but other days I also teach for an hour or two in the evenings in addition to that. As I mentioned before, I teach in 45 minute blocks. There are 15 minute breaks between each block, so usually Jane and I head downstairs to our office until it’s time for the next class.

IMG_0984 Our office

I teach for 21 hours a week, so that leaves me with time to read, write, hang out with friends here, and catch up with family and friends at home.

Thanks for reading and I hope to have another post up soon!

16 thoughts on “A Typical Day Teaching in Denizli”

  1. Hey! My boyfriend and I were just hired by English Life in Denizli. We’re excited to start a new adventure there. How do you like life in Denizli? Is it safe there? (There is a lot of negative press about Turkey at this time due to the war in Syria).

    1. Hi Diana, wow that’s great you guys will be in Denizli! I finished up my time in Turkey though and I’m back in the US now. I actually know 1 American and 1 Welsh girl that are at English Life now if you’d like me to put you in touch with them. Denizli is totally safe, so don’t worry about that! Very far from Syria. I felt safer in Syria than I do in most US cities to be honest. If you want I can send you an email with some more info!

  2. Hi,
    I am a teacher in Istanbul and wan’t to relocate to Denizli.
    Though i haven’t received any offer from any school yet, i still want to move there.
    Please do help me with information about the place any if possible, help me get a school.
    Thank You

    1. Thanks for your comment! In Denizli you can check out English Life, the Turkish-American Association, and British Culture.

  3. Hi there Anisa!

    Some time has passed, however, any info on life in Denizli would be much appreciated! Both my girlfriend and I landed efl positions with the Ted organisation. Anything you may know would be of use!

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Byron, thanks for your comment! It’s been about a year since I left Denizli, but I’m sure most things are still the same 🙂 I haven’t heard of Ted actually. Denizli is considered a “big city” but it’s pretty spread out. I lived close to the university and there were convenient grocery stores and other shops. There are mini-buses and city buses you can take to get to other shopping areas. There is a mall with a movie theater in it. Be sure to visit Pamukkale! If you find someone with a car, have them drive you instead of taking a mini-bus…it’s way faster! Hope this helps!

  4. I’m considering a tutoring position as well from English Life and wondering the same thing a/b safety and politics considering everything going on in Syria and the refugee camps & relocation of so many of their citizens.

    How safe is it for a white american girl? haha
    Any certain public dress code etc? I’m quite a spiritual person but by no means am I religious. Would this pose a problem in society?


    1. Hi, Denizli is a very safe city and you won’t have any trouble! As far as the Syrian crisis, you are far from the border and don’t need to worry about that 🙂 Denizli is not a very conservative city (though not nearly as progressive as Istanbul), but there are a few places further out where people are a little more conservative. You can wear pretty much anything–shorts aren’t very common, but some students at Pamukkale University (where I taught) would wear shorts and short skirts and tank tops, so you should be fine. Hope you enjoy Denizli!

    2. Hi dear Anisa,
      Thank you very much with the information you have provided. I have an MA in TEFL, and I’ve been teaching English to young adults for 6 years. I’m not a native speaker, do you think I can have a chance to get a job in Denizli? I would be so grateful if you would please help me.
      Best wishes

      1. Hi Mehdi,

        Thanks for your comment. In Denizli you can try English Life or Hey Dil–they are language schools and are always looking for teachers. Good luck!


  5. Hey, I found your story very interesting, and I loved the way how you wrote and described it ( actually i had the same ideas for activities that you created for your students : D that’s amazing ) in Denizli and all the cities in Turkey, So I guess it’s worth to go to Denizli. I ‘m going to internship there, I’m a girl and I want to know more about the system in Denizli, how do they treat women? is there any unsafe places and is there specific times when I should not go out?
    Thank you I wish you good luck in your career.

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