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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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Overcoming Lexical Difficulties For Learners Learning Turkish As A Foreign Language


Abstract Vocabulary learning is one of the major challenges for many foreign language learners. Even though teaching and learning vocabulary has been researched thoroughly, new studies apparently seem necessary for some other agglutinative languages such as Turkish. For that reason, this study intends to explore four questions: 1) what sort of problems foreign learners of the Turkish language encounter while learning Turkish vocabulary, which has an agglutinative system; 2) what kind of strategies language learners use; 3) what kind of techniques teachers should employ to make vocabulary learning easier; and 4) what solutions could be found to make it easier to learn Turkish. The results indicate that even though learners have linguistic problems while forming Turkish structures, vocabulary learning strategies help them improve their target language.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language, Vocabulary Teaching, Vocabulary learning strategies.

1. Introduction

Teaching Turkish as a foreign language (TFL) has become widespread and gained importance in different countries as a result of globalization and increasing socio-political interests towards Turkey. Therefore, in several institutions, studies on Turkish are being conducted regarding the difficulties foreign learners of Turkish encounter, such as lexicology, phonology, morphology, translation, semantics, and syntax.

Learning any foreign language (FL), including Turkish, requires attention not only to how linguistic patterns are structured but also to how lexical items are formed and function in different notions. Lexical competence, knowledge of, and ability to use the vocabulary of a language consists of lexical...

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