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Evaluation of the Turkish Language Teaching Program for foreigners at Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus : a case study

Yıldız, Ümit
The aim of this study is to evaluate the Turkish Language Teaching Program for Foreigners at Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus. The study aims to answer the following two main questions: 1) what are the discrepancies between the current status and the desired outcomes of the Turkish program at MSLU? 2) What aspects of the Turkish program should be maintained, strengthened or added? In order to answer these questions, data were collected from students who were attending the program in the 2002-2003 academic year, instructors who were teaching in the program in the same academic year, the graduates of the program, former instructors of this program, the parents of the students who were currently attending the program, the authorities at the institution, the employers of the graduates of this program in Minsk. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected in the study. The quantitative data were collected through questionnaires. The qualitative data were collected through interviews and written document analysis. The results of the data showed that the Turkish Language Program at Minsk State Linguistic University partially meets the needs and demands of all the involved parties. However, it was observed that enthusiasm and interest for the Turkish language among the current students, graduates and the University authorities were high. Some changes and additions could be made in the program to make it better suited to the needs and demands of its under goers and institution.