Saturday 22 May 2010

The Native is Restless

I feel the time has come for me to pack my satchel and move onto greater things. But what can be greater than this, you might ask? Well that's entirely up to you.

I'm looking for your help. In an ideal world, I'd be working at a university, sharing my culture and language with individuals who don't show you the contents of their hands every time they sneeze.

Here's the killer though, and I hope you'll support me in this... I want some time next year. I want some time to write. I have a feeling deep down in my toilet area that there's a book or a film in me. I want a chance to prove that. For this reason, I'm looking for fewer hours than the 31 I'm doing now (like dogs, 1 teaching hour = 7 actual hours).

Please think hard about who you know and tell them that you know this incredibly talented, slightly odd, Anglo-Turko, gentleman teacher. Don't get too hung up on the university thing, I'm open to any offers. Perhaps it's not teaching. Perhaps a traveling lecturer, promoting (or warning about) Englishness/Turkishness to Caribbean nations. Translator (from English into shit Turkish? or shitter French? ...or even shitter German?). Maybe a kitten/puppy sitter. Beauty contest judge. Private Dancer (a dancer for money, any old music will do).

Come fly me!


Anonymous said...


This university is new which means az öğrenci az iş. :) They are in İstanbul, though. Would it be a problem?

Thought you might want to give it a try.

Good luck.

Instructor, School of Foreign Languages

Istanbul Sehir University is a newly established non-profit university which will open its departments to students in September 2010. The University aims to provide high quality English-medium education to undergraduates and graduates both from Turkey and abroad.

The School of Languages is seeking a number of qualified and experienced, native or non-native English language instructors to teach general English and academic language skills at the preparatory and freshman English programs.

Instructors are expected to work as part of a dynamic team in all phases of the curriculum development process with a committment to continous improvement and high quality in learning outcomes.
Interested candidates can send their applications electronically to:

Applications should include the following:
1. An up-dated CV with the names and contact details of at least three references
2. A cover letter indicating the reasons and the suitability for applying for the position
3. A short statement of teaching philosophy

Applicants should meet most, preferably all, of the following requirements:
Master's Degree in TESL/TEFL, Education, Applied Linguistics or a closely related field
or a BA degree and RSA DELTA
Knowledge of current ELT approaches, methods, and techniques; curriculum, materials and test development trends
Experience in teaching EFL at tertiary level for a minimum of two years
Committment to professionality with strong work ethics, attention to detail, ability and willingness to learn and take initiative
Highly organized, task-oriented, and computer literate and familiar with current CALL practices
Ability to work both independently and as a team member in an innovative environment, with high tolerance of ambiguity

Sehir Unıversity is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without discrimination

For further details please contact

Anonymous said...

My first introduction to your blog was the
"You know you're in Turkey when..." from 25 March.

I knew somewhere up high in my thinking area that I hadn't read anything so interesting and insightful for... years. So, I believe "there's a book or a film in [you]".

I hope you enjoy writing it, as much as I know I will enjoy reading it.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Arse About Fez: The Movie!
I'd go see it. :)
Sorry we missed you in Izmir this time round...

Unknown said...

I'll keep my eyes open for something that might suit!

Unknown said...

Heya Billy. Travelling lecturer? I think that's a possibility. Any of the nice cruise ships that sail to Turkish ports would probably have guest lecturers on them. You could do lectures on Turkish culture, or expand on your Englishman's guide to Turkey, a couple or a few times per cruise, and have the rest of the time to yourself, to pursue your writing. Seriously. There were many people on ships I've worked on doing just this kind of thing... Let me know what you think about it...