When it comes to teaching English in Turkey, cultural sensitivity is key!
Teaching Children – TESOL Turkey
Very young children – say, at the preschool level – in Turkey generally have no experience with foreigners, and so may be reluctant or even frightened of their ESL teachers. The good news is that employers don’t generally blame you for this, and so everyone is permitted to find their own way. Once the little children get to know you, however, there may be an excessive comfort level for them. The main reason being that due to traditional belief, parents – and the society in general – expect the teacher to act as both parent and disciplinarian in their absence. Though this trend appears to be changing, it is very common to see children going up to their teachers, hugging and kissing them hello or goodbye, and the Turkish teachers doing the same.