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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 Relationship of Students with Turkish Origin with Turkish Spoken in Turkey


Abstract In 1991, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of new countries, there was an increase in the number of students coming to Turkey for education. With the TİKA and the ‘Big Student Project’ thousands of students started coming to Turkey. As the capital city of Turkey, many big important universities are located in Ankara, which also hosts international students, many of whom are Turkic students. In this study, the Turkic students’ perceptions of the relationship, the similarities, and the differences between their language and the Turkish spoken in Turkey will be researched. They will be asked to reflect on their personal experiences with Turkish spoken in Turkey through semi-structured interviews.

Keywords: Students of the Turkish Origin, Turkish spoken in Turkey, Relationships.

1. Introduction

After having satisfied their basic needs, such as the need to eat and live in a safe environment, people feel the need to satisfy their more advanced needs. One of these is the desire to learn new things and use them in a way that would be beneficial for mankind. For some people this is possible with a good education, therefore they try to get a good education in their home countries, whereas others try to go abroad and complete their studies there. For many years Turkish students have gone abroad to pursue a degree at the undergraduate and graduate levels both at their own expense and through the scholarships given by the...

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