Who we are ?
TOM GODFREY / Executive Producer
I have had a joyful and fulfilling career as an EFL teacher, enriched by deep emotional engagement with a huge variety of learners in different countries. I am now proud to have the opportunity to share my experiences with the next generation of teachers as a teacher trainer.
The complexities and expertise of teaching is not so widely recognised and that is why I am excited about making this groundbreaking documentary revealing for the first time the authentic story of ELT training and the artistry of learner-centered teaching methods.
MURAT GÖNÜLLÜ / Director
Murat Gönüllü is a director, sociologist and an artist. After working at NTV news channel as video editor, he was accepted to video and cinema department of Fabrica (a communication research centre of Benetton) by Marco Muller who has been the Director of the Cinema section of the Venice Biennale Foundation and the Director of the Venice International film festival since 2004. Murat Gonullu started his director career making music videos and Tv spots after he moved to Milan – Italy (2002)
MUSIC VIDEOS DIRECTING CREDITS
Incognito – ‘’Listen to the Music’’ (2004), Incognito – ‘’Can’t get you out of my mind’’ (2005)
MTV Turkey – Tv ident spot (2005), Gülşen – ‘’ Ya tutarsa’’ (2005), Ajda Pekkan – ‘’Vitrin’’ (2006)
Sezen Aksu – ‘’Yaşanmamış Yıllar’’ (2006), Mirkelam ‘’Bi fotoğraf çekilebilir miyiz? (2007)
Defne Samyeli ‘’Son Arzum’’ (2011), Karnaval Feat İskender Paydaş – Gitme (2012)
Romina – ‘’Aşkın yalan’’ (2019)
CINEMATOGRAPHER CREDITS, Cinema in Sarejevo (2001)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDITS, My name is Batlir, not Butler (2018)
About the documentary
The documentary provides an authentic and truthful depiction of the experience of following a EFL training course. Since the 1970s the TEFL industry has exploded and there is an estimated 2 billion English language speakers in the world (a quarter of the world’s population). This film is targeted at the global market of more than 12 million EFL teachers and specifically the more than 25,000 young people who embark on a TEFL career globally each year. I was one of this number 41 years ago when I flew to Africa as a fresh faced 20 year old to start a career as an English Language Teacher in Libya but I did not have the benefit of a professional training course. Today TEFL training centres exist in every country in the world but there has never been a documentary film showing the work they do and the methods they employ. As owner and founder of one of the leading teacher training centres, I am uniquely placed to open a window on the experiences of following an EFL training course and introducing the stories of the people who participate on them.