- Private Tutoring
First the quick basics: My base rate: $40 per hour for individual students. (For groups of two or more students, lower rates are available depending on several factors). Each lesson is usually 2 hours. Classes take place at a public location such as a library or a coffee shop. Alternatively, It can be held at student's home or office, possibly at an small adjusted rate depending on location.(No extra charges in New York City) My availability: generally wide-ranging, week-days and evenings as well as part of the weekend, depending on my current tutoring commitments. To contact me please click on the "reply" link above, with a brief description of your situation and availability. We could then simply set up a session, or I'd be very happy to call you if you'd like to discuss any details beforehand. My profile: A 27 year old male, born and raised in Turkey, with a university degree in communications at Istanbul University. I've done private Turkish tutoring at all levels for over five years including regular classroom experience at some private language schools in New York. My conclusion being that it is far more interesting and fulfilling to teach an individual than a class. My natural accent is "standard Istanbul Turkish". My "mission": To offer a PRACTICAL and REALISTIC approach to developing your Turkish, and in particular your oral proficiency, within a culturally authentic context. Like all major teaching endeavors, teaching a language is a matter of creating a balanced approach. And in the case of language, I believe a truly balanced approach is one that strives to adapt itself to each individual. I would say the most important thing I myself have learned as a teacher is that, when it comes to acquiring a second language, people learn in very individual ways. To put it very broadly, some of us are more intuitive learners, and others more objective or analytical. And all of this is not just a question of intellectual aptitude -- personality and temperament can also play an important role in how an individual absorbs a second language. My teaching goals are "practical" because they are tailored to your aptitude in this larger sense. And I would say they are "realistic" because it seems I am constantly fighting the unreasonable (and sometimes false) expectations that many language programs and resources have fostered. Contrary to so much advertising that has no doubt crossed your path, learning even "the basics" of a language is never easy. It requires serious effort and dedication, but with a smart, nimble approach that makes the right choices with just the right combination of ingredients, it can be a wonderfully stimulating and gratifying experience. My method: For most students between the beginner and intermediate stage, I favor an approach of "progressive immersion", as opposed to the often overwhelming and impractical "full immersion" approach that some language schools practice (and which I myself have practiced in the past). Which is to say, we begin with an appropriate balance between English and Turkish, then gradually shift that balance to Turkish in accordance with the student's aptitude and progress. As I like to point out: by nature, adults inevitably seek explanation (in a language they can understand) -- after all, isn't that precisely what makes us adults? An approach of "progressive immersion" incorporates comparative explanation in English at key points in the early learning process, and particularly at the many hidden points of similarity between Turkish and English grammar and semantics. Having said that, I believe some high-beginners who have a good ear for language will benefit from more immersion at the very start. In all cases, as one approaches a high intermediate level, I favor an increasingly immersive conversational approach, integrating carefully structured dialogue with grammatical and idiomatic topics.