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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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On The Convenience of Reading Texts in Course Books of Turkish As a Foreign Language to the Level

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Abstract there has been significant progress in recent years in the field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language. For developing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills - which are the four main elements in language teaching – course books designed with this aim in mind are the primary course materials. In this study, the convenience of reading texts in course books in teaching Turkish as a foreign language will be discussed. The paper aims to analyze reading texts in course books prepared for teaching Turkish to foreigners in a descriptive way. While doing this descriptive study, document review methods and qualitative research methods will be used. The database of the study will comprise Yeni Hitit Yabancılar İçin Türkçe Öğretim Seti (Yeni Hitit Set of Teaching Turkish to Foreigners) used in the country and abroad for teaching Turkish to foreign students in A1 and A2 levels and İstanbul Ders kitabı (İstanbul Course Book) developed by İstanbul University Language Center. Students who are learning Turkish as a foreign language and who have completed or are about to complete the determined level will be asked to read the texts in each book; and answer comprehension questions. Depending on the answers, the profile of the existing situation will be put forward. Finally, in the study, various evaluations will be made about education, country, learning motivation etc. of learners according to their answers.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish as a foreign language, ELP, Reading skill, Istanbul, Hitit.

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