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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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An Evaluation on How the Reported Past Tense is Dealt with in Turkish Grammar Books and Coursebooks Used in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

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Abstract Turkish is one of the most widely used languages in different regions of the world. Moreover, according to some sources, it is ranked among the first five languages which are spoken all over the world. Therefore, there are many people who want to learn Turkish with different goals both in Turkey and abroad. As in the teaching of other languages, the most important goal of teaching Turkish as a foreign language is teaching and developing four skills and using them effectively to accomplish communication goals. In addition to these, teaching grammar is inevitable so as to make the learner have a good mastery of the target language. Due to the fact that Turkish is an agglutinative language, teaching affixes is vital in teaching Turkish as a foreign language, and using these affixes is one of the most common problems faced by the learners. Indicative mood affixes are widely used in Turkish. Using them correctly is essential for an effective learning of the tenses. Thus, indicative moods are represented in many grammar books in detail. In this study, the place of grammar in teaching Turkish as a foreign language, how the reported past tense is dealt with in four Turkish grammar books and three course books used in teaching Turkish as a foreign language are revealed respectively.

Keywords: Teaching Turkish as a foreign language, grammar, the reported past tense.

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