In “Introductory Turkish II,” we will cover eight more units from Kurtuluş Öztopçu’s Elementary Turkish: A Complete Course for Beginners, our main textbook. “Introductory Turkish II” is a beginning-level language course designed specifically for English-speaking students. The course aims to help students build basic proficiency in modern Turkish and give them the tools to communicate at a beginner’s level in many everyday situations (meeting and greeting, describing oneself and one’s family and friends, student life, basic shopping and directions, one’s likes and dislikes, daily routines, and more). Following Dr. Öztopçu’s cyclical methodology [“materials presented in one unit recur in the same or expanded form, in the subsequent unit(s),” p. ix], the course sets out to establish a sound linguistic and cultural foundation for future studies of the target language. Students will develop communicative skills as they assimilate the basics of Turkish grammar. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) will be covered in classroom activities and at-home practice. In addition to our main textbook, we will be incorporating various other sources into our teaching and learning process, such as short video clips from Turkish television, songs, and newspaper articles.
Required Textbook: Kurtuluş Öztopçu, Elementary Turkish: A Complete Course for Beginners. Türk Dilleri Araştırmaları Dizisi (Kitap Matbaası: Santa Monica and Istanbul, 2006).
- Attendance and Class Participation: 20%
- Vocabulary Quizzes/Unit Tests: 20%
- Homework Assignments: 20%
- Midterm Exam: 20%
- Final Exam: 20%