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1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

Edited By İsmail Güleç and Bekir Ince

This book consists of papers presented at the 1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language. The Symposium was held at Het Pand Culture and Congress Center of Ghent University in April 2015. It was presented by the Sakarya University Institute of Education Sciences and the Belgium Turkish Associations with the support of the Turkish Language Association and the Yunus Emre Institute.

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A Study of Syrian Students’ Comments on Turkish as a Foreign Language


Abstract Since the start of the Civil War in Syria in 2011, many Syrians fled to Turkey as refugees. The Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey welcomed them and granted university-aged and successful refugees the opportunity to study the Turkish language at Turkish universities. This study seeks to discern what the Syrian students, who have to live in Turkey, think about the Turkish language they try to learn as a foreign language. Within the scope of the study, the “Foreign Language Anxiety Scale” developed by Doğan (2008) has been applied at first in order to measure the anxiety level towards the Turkish language of the Syrian students, who learned Turkish at the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University during the 2014–2015 academic year. In addition, personal information forms and semi-structured interview forms have been applied and qualitative data has been obtained. A need for a focused group discussion was felt after analyzing the interview forms. Descriptive and statistical methods and content analysis techniques have been used to analyze the data. The result showed that the students’ anxiety level towards learning a foreign language was of a medium level. The students learn Turkish as an outcome of their current condition. During this period they struggle mostly with communication and writing skills.

Keywords: Syrian students, Learning Turkish, Foreign Language Anxiety.

1. Introduction

The teaching of the Turkish language to foreigners is accepted as dating back to the 11th century when Mahmud al-Kashgari...

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