About Us

Choosing a Language School

Learning a new language can be challenging, but choosing the right school can significantly affect the rate and enjoyment of your learning experience. A good language school provides a comfortable, relaxed environment and a serious but positive atmosphere for learning. Instructors will be experienced and attentive to your requirements, and will respect that students are clients and teaching is a professional service.

When choosing a school, ask to speak with an instructor about how the curriculum addresses your particular needs. A good language school will also offer to let you to sit in on a class and not charge you unless you decide to enroll.

Why Concept Languages?

Concept Languages was founded in 2001 in Istanbul as an alternative to the cookie cutter approach to language instruction used in franchise schools. We believe that language instruction must be flexible: personalized to meet our students’ individual needs.


Our diverse clientèle includes expatriates of all nationalities, ages, and backgrounds, as well as native Turks learning English or other languages. We have considerable experience coaching business professionals, diplomats, and academics whose work requires an exacting proficiency in the Turkish language.

We also provide services to variety of corporate and institutional clients.

Methodology and Curriculum

The curriculum at Concept Languages is a synthesis of communicative and task-based language teaching. These approaches emphasize meaningful interaction over rote memorization. Students participate in discussions and role playing that mimic real-life situations. At the same time, we recognize that our clients’ needs are diverse, and the small class size at Concept Languages allows us to incorporate relevant authentic texts and students’ own experiences into classroom activities.

Who are we?

Concept Languages was established in 2001 by co-founders Arzu Sekirden and Şule Hızal.

Relying on word of mouth, the school attracted a dedicated teaching staff and made a name for itself in Istanbul’s expatriate community. At the beginning of 2010, the school opened a tailor-made, new facility in Etiler. It’s operations continue to be directed by Ms. Sekirden.

Instructors at Concept Languages

Our experienced instructors are college graduates, have CELTA or equivalent certification, and are native speakers of Turkish. All are fluent in at least one other language. Moreover, instructors are rigorously trained in our methodology and curriculum, are monitored during the first weeks of working with us, and are periodically evaluated.

English and Other Languages

Concept Languages offers private lessons for individuals or groups in languages other than Turkish, including intensive courses for business professionals and diplomats, as well as programs for young learners. The curriculum and pace are tailored to your needs, and may focus on general language acquisition, language for business or academia, grammar, or conversation. Lessons are conducted according to your schedule, either on site or in our comfortable Etiler facility.

We have close working relationships with instructors of English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, including many on staff. Our experienced instructors are college graduates, have CELTA or equivalent certification, and are native speakers of the languages they teach unless a client prefers a native speaker of Turkish.