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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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The Language Needs Analysis of Turkish Learners in Kazakhstan: An Example of International Hoca Ahmet Turkish-Kazakh University


Abstract The aim of this study is to describe the language needs of Turkish learners at International Kazakh-Turkish University, and to analyze these language needs according to variables like age, sex, and background. Additionally, the data was collected using the scale of Iwai et al’s (1998) Japanese language needs analysis, converting the form to Turkish language and testing the validity and reliability of this scale with Çangal (2013). The target group of this study includes 2.600 students who were learning Turkish at the International Kazakh-Turkish University in 2015. The sample group was determined as 235 students for this questionnaire. Percentage, arithmetic mean, t-test and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used to analyze the language needs of participants. According to the data obtained from this study, the language needs of the students learning Turkish at the International Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Turkish-Kazakh University prioritized four sub-dimensions including “individual interests and needs, education and business opportunity, communication inside class and merchandising”.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish to Foreigners, Language Need Analysis, Kazakhstan, International Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Turkish-Kazakh University.

1. Introduction

In different parts of the world, concerns are raised about Turkey’s a growing economy and quick development; Turkish is gaining more and more importance everyday and people from different age groups want to learn Turkish for various reasons. This demand leads to the creation of a universally accepted program to teach Turkish systematically to foreigners (Boylu and Çangal, 2014: 128).

The preparation of a...

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