Responding to the national need for experts in Turkish language and culture, the course will enable students to access variety of course materials and develop their communication skills. They will be reading different publications and newspapers in Turkish..
The Turkish language is rarely taught in the United States. The federal government’s National Security Education Program, an initiative to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills, has designated Turkish as a critical language. Yet last year’s survey by the American Association of Teachers of Turkish revealed that only 408 students were enrolled in Turkish courses across the entire U.S. during the 2016-17 academic year.With Turkey’s increasing role in the Middle East, an expanded pool of professionals who are fluent in the Turkish language and culture is crucial to our understanding of the region. To help meet this need, TASO’s Turkish language instructor, Ali Kucuker, will offer a new Turkish course during the 2018-2019 academic year. This will be Ali’s second group this year.
The course seeks to improve all four skills in the language: reading, speaking, writing, and listening. The course will be arranged around weekly themes. Students will read articles, watch videos, take part in classroom discussions,visit Turkish Families and complete writing assignments on each week’s theme. Throughout each quarter, students will prepare individual research projects using online and offline sources in Turkish.
The course will introduce students to the historical, cultural, and social debates that are key to understanding modern Turkey. Authentic texts, audio, video and multimedia materials will expose students to more complicated grammatical properties and idiomatic uses of the language. At the end of the course, the students will be able to read articles written in journalistic language, carry out daily conversations on general ideas, write short essays using some vocabulary, and distinguish between different types of formal and informal registers that come with the advanced use of the language.