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1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

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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Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language in Turkey from the Viewpoints of PhD Students

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Abstract Turkish, which is considered as one of the critical languages of today’s world, has had a rather limited chance of being introduced to a wider group of people around the world due to the lack of a complete framework. Therefore, research should be carried out to improve the methodologies and materials used in teaching Turkish as a foreign language so that it can be taught effectively both in Turkey and in the other parts of the world. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to explore the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in teaching Turkish as a foreign language from the perspectives of the current PhD students in this program and to serve solutions and recommendations to the threats and weaknesses in the area. The SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis was used to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in relation to the field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language. This study takes PhD students who are the future academicians that will have an important impact on the field as participants. The results showed that the participants have some common views on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language, SWOT analysis, PhD students.

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