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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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A Study on Word Frequency for Teaching Turkish As Foreign Language

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Abstract Language training is a multidimensional process. In this process, one is expected to show the same rate of growth for the acquisition of language skills. In particular, this is more difficult to learn in other languages except for the acquisition of one’s mother tongue. Recently, interest in Turkish for foreigners has increased, as a result, our country has gained prevalence in teaching Turkish to foreigners. In teaching Turkish to foreign learners, language skills are the most important task for effective teaching of languages in tutorials of all sizes. In language skills, the speaking skill is not as measurable feature as the writing and reading skills; the evaluation process is a bit more difficult. In this study, the frequency of words at B1 level of foreign Turkish language students is emphasized. For this purpose, the students were provided with predetermined topics of conversation and their free speech and speeches were recorded. Also, during the session there was a entitled “technology is useful, or it is harmful?” The debate was also secured on the record. Free speech and debate records were transcribed. The transcribed sentences were resolved with an Internet-enabled text analysis program and word frequency studies were conducted. At the end of the study, the amount of words B1 lveel students can use and the target level of vocabulary learning were concluded.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish Language to foreigners, Speech, Debate, Word Frequency.

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