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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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Viewpoints of Foreign Students on Turkey and Turkish Culture: A Sample from Sakarya University

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Abstract The aim of this study is to examine the reasons why foreign students prefer Turkey especially Sakarya University for their education and to determine their viewpoints about Turkish culture. A semi-structured form has been designed to determine viewpoints of 13 foreign students coming from 11 different countries and studying at various departments both in undergraduate and graduate studies in Sakarya University about Turkey and Turkish culture and these interviews were conducted face-to-face. Students’ opinions about food, accommodation, Sakarya and Turkish culture etc. have been obtained. The data collected was separated in meaningful parts after being examined and topics have been determined according to the draft themes obtained. Following this, the relationship between themes and topics were determined and regulated and interpreted in line with the aim of the research.

Keywords: Foreign student, Turkey and Turkish culture, interview.

1. Introduction

Along with globalization, changes have occurred in nearly all fields. Education systems have also been influenced by these changes. It has become inevitable that we internationalize today’s education-instruction media with the help of data transfer and sharing new technological equipment which enable easy access to information, variety and speed of transportation vehicles, migration, war and similar security problems, human beings’ desire to live in other countries, efforts of developed countries to attract students from other countries, the Erasmus Exchange Program etc. All of this contributes to the need for internationalization. If we look from the viewpoint of Turkey, in addition to aforementioned...

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