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New entrants to ELT career path

New entrant career path – ICELT* on full scholarship

Would you like to start a teaching career in English Language Teaching (ELT)?

We offer you the opportunity to start working as a university instructor, teaching general English or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in one of the top 250 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education. We welcome applications from recent university graduates with a B.Ed. or language degree with little or no teaching experience.

What can I expect as a new entrant to the ELT profession coming to Bilkent University?
An induction program at the beginning of the year, with continued support throughout the year
A high quality University environment
An in-service Cambridge English Language Assessment ICELT program with full scholarship
Opportunity to progress to a high level English language teaching qualification Cambridge English Language Assessment DELTA**
with scholarship
 Membership of a vibrant school community of some 300 international and local staff
Opportunity to do research in second / foreign language learning
A top-notch library and electronic resources tosupport learning and career development

We Offer:

An attractive employment package, with a two-year renewable contract
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, quoted in US Dollars and Turkish Liras, paid locally
Fully-furnished, rent-free private accommodation on campus (a fee is charged for utilities)
Residence permit, work visa, and airport transfer
Air fare at the beginning and end of contract
Baggage allowance
Turkish language courses
University gym membership
Monthly lunch allowance (electronic cards)
Ankara is centrally situated in Turkey offering access to a range of interesting destinations.

                      Annual Teaching Load: 680 hours (spread according to course demand)
                                                                               Weekly Teaching Load

 Year 1  Year 2
Fall semester:  ICELT course + 15 hours + probation Spring
semester: ICELT course + 20 hours*** + probation
 Fall semester: 20 hours Spring semester: 20 hours

* ICELT: Cambridge English Language Assessment In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching
** DELTA: Cambridge English Language Assessment Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults
*** In the Spring semester ICELT candidates will have the option of deferring 5 hours a week to a later course, teaching 15 hours

Job Description

Responsible To: Head of Teaching Unit

Overall Goal: To improve the quality of learning of all BUSEL students irrespective of their learning profile.

General Aims:
1. To provide quality tuition to the students.
2. To effectively carry out non-teaching related duties.
3. To contribute to institutional and professional development.
4. To fulfill other job related duties as required.
5. To teach a full instructor course load of 680 hours.

1. To provide quality tuition to the students by:
1.1. planning, preparing and delivering effective lessons to meet students’ cognitive and affective needs;
1.2 ensuring that the learning objectives specified in the Preparatory Program Syllabus are met in the best possible way to meet students’ needs; 1.3 providing formative assessment and feedback on a range of tasks through the Learning Portfolio and other assessments;
1.4. contributing to the development of critical thinking skills of students;
1.5 providing individual support and attention to students as required and through tutorials and individual meetings;
1.6 contributing to students’ personal development in BUSEL through the promotion of a suitable learning environment;
1.7 contributing to evaluation and planning of courses to better meet student needs;
1.8 selecting, adapting and preparing materials for classes;
1.9 using computers for effective teaching and learning.
1.10 responding positively to student feedback gained through the Evaluation of Learning (EL) results and the University Course
and Instructor Evaluation

2. To effectively carry out non-teaching related duties by:
2.1 liaising with colleagues in all matters related to teaching of their students;
2.2 actively participating in, minuting and chairing Teaching Unit meetings and any other meetings as required;
2.3 effectively invigilating and marking all exams organised as required;
2.4 maintaining records in designated formats;
2.5 substituting for absent colleagues as required;
2.6 adhering to and enforcing institutional rules.

3. To contribute to institutional and professional development by:
3.1 participating in staff development and other training programmes as and when required;
3.2 contributing to the climate of development in the Teaching Unit;
3.3 contributing to the positive working atmosphere in the Teaching Unit and the school;
3.4 participating in the establishment and maintenance of an ‘open door’ policy, which includes class visits and classroom observations;
3.5 having classes videoed for professional development purposes;
3.6 developing computer-related skills for teaching and learning;
3.7 positively contributing to the appraisal process;
3.8 actively participating in task groups;
3.9 positively contributing to consultation on key Teaching Unit and institutional issues.

4. To fulfil other job-related duties assigned by the Director.

5. To teach a full instructor course load of 680 hours.


For password requests, please send an e-mail to intrec@bilkent.edu.tr.


The probation period for instructors registered in the ICELT course is two semesters. Successful completion of the probationary period includes meeting the probationary requirements in a satisfactory manner and completing the ICELT course successfully.

Probationary Criteria Headof Teaching Unit (HTU)manages the probation process and makes the finalrecommendation to the Directorate referring to the data collected. The recommendation made falls into three categories:

a)  approval of successful completion of the probationary period;
b)  extension of probationary period
c)  termination of contract.

Probationary requirements are as follows:

a)  Satisfactory fulfilment of all duties detailed in the job description.
b)  Demonstration of essential teaching skills and techniques observed over four assessed lessons observed by the  HTU and a  Teacher
Trainer by the end of the probationary period.
c)   Successful completion of the ICELT course and active participation in training.
d)  A clear indication of a successful instructor-student relationship.
e)  A clear indication of a successful working relationship with instructors in the Teaching Unit (TU), line manager, instructors
in other TUs, Post of Responsibility holders, management team, administrative and support staff.
f)  Adherence to the Professional Code of Conduct outlined in the Staff Handbook.
g)  Maintenance of acceptable standards of behaviour within the academic community,
h)  respect for the precepts of reasonable behaviour within the community at large; individual support of institutional values.

Probationary Criteria

There are four probation meetings­ with the HTU, three Probation Update Meetings and a Final Probation Meeting.The Probation Update Meeting takes place towards the end of each course and is designed to be an opportunity to discuss the probationer’s progress and to address any issues that need to be considered. The Final Probation Meeting takes place at the end of the probationary period where points identified in the Probation Update Meetings are revisited and evaluated.

A password is required to gain access to the Probation Handbook.  Applicants who have submitted an application may send their  password
request to intrec@bilkent.edu.tr.


At the beginning of each academic year, an induction is given to all new colleagues to welcome them and to support them in settling into their new positions.  The program covers a typical working week and offers an excellent opportunity for the beginning of a constructive dialogue between new colleagues and the school.  The program aims and topics are summarized below.


The programme aims to provide:

• a supportive, non-threatening environment for participants
• all participants with the necessary information to be an effective member of a Teaching Unit from the beginning of the new academic year.
• participants with an understanding of the specific teaching/learning culture at BUSEL
• an outline of school procedures and policies
• an opportunity to discuss school wide issues

Sessions Include:
• Introduction to Bilkent University and the School of English Language (BUSEL)
• Life in the Teaching Unit, a typical work week
• Introduction to the BUSEL Curriculum
• Introduction to computerized learning programs in use
• Working with students, how students progress
• Assessment in BUSEL
• Question and answer sessions
• An introduction to ICELT with some practical tips for the first week in class

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