The Turkish Language Program

Courses

Elementary Modern Turkish I-II

In this course it is primarily aimed to develop students speaking as well as writing skills in a lively and interactive classroom atmosphere through communicative activities including pair-work, group work, role-playing and games. Students are encouraged to communicate freely and develop fluency in Turkish. Since effective communication, interaction, and accuracy are the primary goals, students will be given plenty of assistance and guidance. Oral practice will proceed from exchange of greetings to common everyday exchanges; especially of the type foreign students are likely to encounter in Turkey with particular attention to the key vocabulary centered on each topic. Since language and culture are inextricably bonded, students are encouraged to both respect the opinions of others and develop understanding and tolerance for people from different cultures and intercultural communication strategies throughout the classroom activities. The professors approach combines communicative approach with the Deep approach. Communicative approach prioritizes the interaction in all skills. Deep approach is processed oriented. Students own goals are prioritized and the goal is learning for proficiency. While building a strong foundation of 4 skills in Turkish, students are also encouraged to choose their own themes and topics and develop their own projects with the expectation that they involve oral exchange, reading and viewing, writing and the basics. Turkish, as all other languages, requires a deep motivation by students. Students are expected to spend 1-2 hours for each class and expected to search extra materials. Authentic materials like songs, movie clips, movies and newspapers are substantially used. Electronic Portfolios and projects will be used to evaluate students work.

Intermediate Modern Turkish I-II

Intermediate class will develop students 4 skills in an interactive class medium. Students will move from the level of the realm of me and my world to the factual world of others. Factual newspaper articles, current event reports, movies as a way of cultural immersion opportunities, discussing abstract topics, supporting opinions, hypothesize are some of the main tasks that will be accomplished this year. The professors approach combines communicative approach with the Deep Approach. Deep approach is processed oriented rather than the outcome. Students own goals and projects are prioritized for learning for proficiency. While building a strong foundation of 4 skills in Turkish, students are also encouraged to choose their own themes and topics in modules that are given in the class website and develop their own projects with the expectation that they involve oral exchange, reading and viewing, writing and the basics. The projects will be evaluated based on accuracy and the virtues of these four categories and constructive feedback will be provided both by the professor and the TAs.Online Class material http://deepapproach.wceruw.org/modules.html

Advanced Turkish I-II

During the course, the students will read and understand news items on various topics. This course also offers students the opportunity to improve significantly written, oral and complicated grammar skills by discussing topics of their interest. Students will be expected to write summaries and articulate cohesively while exposing to local Turkish community and culture. The Deep Approach Modules are used according to students interests. Students own goals are prioritized and the goal is learning for proficiency. While building a strong foundation of 4 skills of Turkish, students are also encouraged to choose their own themes and topics in modules that are given in the class website and develop their own projects with the expectation that they involve oral exchange, reading and viewing, writing and the basics. The projects will be evaluated based on the virtues of these four categories (See Pdf texts of each module for instructions). Online Class material http://deepapproach.wceruw.org/modules.html

Beginning Ottoman I-II

Beginning Ottoman Class will deal with Ottoman Grammar and Ottoman text materials. It is mainly a reading class. The class might use Turkish as the primary language for instruction, and students might also be expected to translate the texts of their interests into English. The ottoman classes might be mostly conducted in Turkish or English depending on the student body.

Other Courses

The Ottoman Empire: 1300-1922
The Ottoman Empire in the Arab World
The Ottoman Empire and its Rivals (Christine Philliou, History Department)
Religion and Politics (Karen Barkey, Sociology Department)
Topics on Contemporary Turkey (David Cuthell, SIPA)