TURKISH 8 COURSE DESCRIPTION 

- Study of the basic structure and pattern needed to understand written and spoken Turkish.

- Readings with emphasis on life and culture of Turkey.

BEGINNER COURSE OBJECTIVES

Comprehension and expression of spoken and written Turkish as used in everyday situations, and introduction to Turkish culture.

Students will be expected to do the following with increasing skill as the semester progresses:

      1- Answer simple questions in Turkish.

      2- Read aloud in Turkish with understandable pronunciation.

      3- Understand the passages that are read & respond to questions in Turkish about the

          passages.

      4- Follow commands given in Turkish.

      5- Write Turkish from dictation.

      6- Write simple letters in Turkish. 

      7- Basic Turkish Grammar.

MONTH 1:  SEPTEMBER

Introduction to Turkish language and alphabet, greetings, Introduce yourself, numbers.

OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-        Understand and use introduced greetings

-        Greet people and pay farewell

-        Identify and recognize the Turkish alphabet

-        Read and pronounce short words 0 to 100

-        Say the time in Turkish

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

            Personal Pronouns

ACTIVITIES:

-        Match letters of the Turkish alphabet with sounds

-        Practice Turkish pronunciation through oral exercise

-        Practice reading Turkish short words

-        Introduce yourself and Greetings

-        Bingo - Practicing the numbers in Turkish

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-        Reading from the book “Introducing Turkey” page 47 – 48 where Turkey is located, geographical position, economy, superstitions.

MONTH 2:  OCTOBER

Plural endings, days of the week, months,  the structure of a sentence

OBJECTIVES:

The students should be able to:

-        Identify objects in class

-        Be familiar with formal and informal styles

-        Body Parts (Page 29)

-        Know how to ask questions

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

-        Plural nouns

-        The cases (declensions of the noun)

-        Basic sentence structure

ACTIVITIES:

-        Identify classroom objects

-        Using pictures to describe objects and places

-        Ask Yes and No questions

ROLL PLAY:

-        introduce yourself to your classmate and instructor.

-        Give your address and telephone number.

-        Practice the same situation in the formal work setting.

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-        Reading from the book “Introducing Turkey” page 49 – 50

-        Communication, forms of address

-        Meaningful movements (sign “Yes” with a downward movement of the head, etc.)

-        Social life in Turkey

-        Turkish speaking countries (team work)

-        Turkish puppet show "Hacivat - Karagöz"

MONTH 3:  NOVEMBER

Colors, Directions, websites about Turkey, using the declensions of the noun (on, at, in, from, etc.) in a sentence.

OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-        Say colors, adjectives (big, beautiful, etc.)

-        Know the directions

-        Search for websites about Turkey

-        Use the declentions of the noun (on, in, from, at, etc.) in a sentence.

STRUCTURE ASPECT:

-        Declensions of the noun

-        Adjectives (white, beautiful, thin, etc.)

ACTIVITIES:

-        Provide simple sentences, ask questions according to the pictures

-        Listen to dictated numbers and transcribe them

-        Lottery: Choose a piece of paper and translate it into Turkish / English

-        Answer to your classmate’s 5 W’s basic questions

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-        Web sites about Turkey

-        Reading from the book “Introducing Turkey” page 51 – 52 – 53

-        Food, Turkish food (Page 33)

-        Entertainment places

-        Restaurants

-        A typical Turkish street

MONTH 4:  DECEMBER

Grammar, Present continues tense (Present progressive), the opposite words.

OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-        Make sentences with present continues tense

-        Make positive and negative sentences.

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

-        Introducing main tenses

-        The opposite words

ACTIVITIES:

Cultural “Arte Facts”.

-        Discovering cultural art effects by bringing Turkish items into the class.

-        Make sentences in present continues tense by looking at some pictures.

-        Describe the items in the class room

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-        History of Turkey

-        Bringing special Turkish items to the class and showing how they are used.

-        Reading from the book “Introducing Turkey” page 54 – 55

-        Traffic

-        Shopping

-        Typical Turkish goods

-        Special gifts from Turkey (Page 30)

-        Special gifts from USA (page 31)

MONTH 5:  JANUARY

Grammar:  We will continue learning the Present Continues (Present Progressive) Tense.

OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-        Make sentences with Present Continues Tense : Positive sentences – Negative sentences – Question sentences - Negative Question sentences.

-       Know where to use declentions of the noun (in / at / from) in a sentence.

-       Learn the repetition of Adjectives and Nouns (page 27)

-       Use Geographical names (Continents, Cities in Turkey).

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

-       Present Continues Tense

-       Using “in”/”at” and “from” as Declentions of the Noun.

ACTIVITIES:

-       Word Game (Say a word in Turkish, the next student will create a word starting with the last letter of that word.

-       Turkish Songs

-       Look at the picture on the screen and talk in Present Continues Tense.

-       A presentation about a famous Turkish person (team work)

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-       Life in Turkey

-       Bargaining (Page 56)

-       Dancing, Folk Dancing

-       Turkish Music

-       Architecture (Page 57)

-       Soccer

MONTH 6:  FEBRUARY

Grammar: Future tense

OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-       Make sentences with Future Tense

-       Make positive, Negative, Question and Negative Question Sentences.

-       Know the typical Turkish Breakfast and the typical Turkish Appetizers.

-       Provide information about the cities that the students will visit

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

       -  The Future Tense

ACTIVITIES:

-       Talk about activities you and others like to do

-       Mixing words: Put the mixed words in order and make a correct sentence.

-       Look at the pictures and talk in Present Continues and Future tense.

-      List the sports you play, report on your favorite sport and how you do it

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-       Sports in Turkey (page 58)

-       The Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magasines in Turkey)

-       Looking at Turkey’s map and talk about the cities

-       Watching Turkish movies

MONTH 7:  MARCH

 Grammar: Past Tense

 OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-       Make sentences with Past Tense.

-       Make Positive, Negative, Question and Negative Question Sentences by using Past Tense.

-       Know the Turkish Food and food related words

-       Know how to express themselves politely.

 STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

-       The Past tense

ACTIVITIES:

-       Describe yesterday life activities

-       Ask and answer simple questions about one’s yesterday activities

-       Learn how people spend the week in Turkey

-       Ask Questions about and order food/beverages

-       Mixing words in a sentence 

-       Watching a Turkish Comedy Film

 ROLL PLAY:  You are in a restaurant ordering food/beverages and answering the waiter’s questions.

 CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-       Do’s and Don’ts Appendix (Page 59-61)

-       Introducing Turkish Food and Food related words (Page 33-36)

-       Turkish Cafes/Restaurants around Seattle (Page 38)

-       Turkey presentation by: Selma

MONTH 8:  APRIL

 Grammar: Using the 3 Tenses in a conversation

 OBJECTIVES

The student should be able to:

-       Make sentences with Present Continues Tense, Future Tense and Past Tense

-       Talk about the cultural differences between USA and Turkey

-       Recognize Turkish proper names and family names.

-       Ask questions while shopping.

-       Have information about travel, hotels, Places (Page 40-41-42)

-       Talk about clothing/Shopping

-       Talk over the phone in Turkish

STRUCTURAL ASPECT

-       To have possessive (has, have)  

 ROLL PLAY: You are in a shopping center, asking questions and talking to the items you are interested. Ask questions about how much does the item cost, is it new or used, etc.

 ACTIVITIES:

-       Tell us about a place you visited

-       Talk about  the travel.

-       Bring some items to your class and pretend you are in a store and asking questions and making conversations with the seller. 

-       Have a phone conversation with your friend 

CULTURAL INFORMATION:

        -  Useful informations about travelling:  Money – Pick-Pocket – Traffic –Passport                                                                                                consulate – Shuttles (Page 62-63)

        -  Differences between USA and Turkey (Page 65 – 70) 

        -  Emergency numbers (Page 71)

MONTH 9:  MAY

 OBJECTIVES: 

The student should be able to:

-       Make a fluent conversation about daily life

-       Talk about people, introducing family members to friends, etc.

-       Describe one’s family members: What they do, where they live, age and other personal information (It doesn’t have to be true).

-       Learn how to call family members in Turkish

 STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

       -  3 Tenses: Present, Future and Past Tense

 ACTIVITIES:

-       Make a family tree and identify each family member

-       Draw a tree on the board in which you point to your family structure

-       Talk about the family.

-       Talk about the Turkey trip with pictures (If you went to Turkey)

-       Watching a Turkish Film 

 ROLL PLAY :

-       At a reception, you see your friend in a group of people. Approach them, politely interrupt, and introduce your family members.

 CULTURAL INFORMATION:

       -  Talk about what you did in Turkey (First talk in English, then interpret it into Turkish).

MONTH 10:  JUNE

 OBJECTIVES:

The student should be able to:

-       Talk about “Horoscopes”

-       Know their sign

-       Talk about their charactherisics.

STRUCTURAL ASPECT:

-       Verbs of motion without prefixes (Yürümek, koşmak, etc.)

ACTIVITIES:

-       Tell us about your sign and its charactheristics.

-       What you would like to be in the future.

-       Read stories from a Turkish book

-       Watching a Turkish Comedy Film

 CULTURAL INFORMATION:

-       Horoscopes (Page 39)

-       Talk about the cultural differences and situations

-       Watch Turkish movies 

-       End of year Turkish party and conversations