Needs of Students and Instructors in “Beginning Turkish I” Course

The field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language is relatively a new area that still needs frameworks and theories regarding its learning and teaching processes. In addition, recently there is a growing interest to learn Turkish by foreigners for various purposes, business, tourism and educational purposes. This study was designed as a case study which examines a current phenomenon in depth and within its real-life context, when the boundaries between phenomenon and context are not clear (Yin, 2009). Research questions are as follows: 1. What are the needs of the students who are taking the course “Beginning Turkish I”? 2. What is the students’ general evaluation of the course? 3. What does the course instructor expect from the program? 4. What kind of improvements might be suggested for the course and the instructor? As for the results of the study, as for needs assessment, it was found that students request more emphasis to be put on speaking skill and there is a need to focus on developing speaking skills more throughout the semester. In addition, students request that it might be beneficial for them if more audiovisual materials and technology integrated into the course. Moreover, they also expressed they would like to cover more topics about cultural aspects of the language into the course. They generally expressed that their expectations were satisfied mostly and the instructor had a good attitude and was knowledgeable enough to offer this course. In terms of the students’ replies to course evaluation survey administered showed that the course was seen so important by the students and the course was successful enough to achieve most of its aims. Keywords: Keywords: Beginning Turkish course, Erasmus exchange program, instructional design, curriculum development, foreign language teaching.
6th International Congress on Curriculum and Instruction, ( 11 - 13 October 2018)


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A. Kandemir and C. Engin Demir, “Needs of Students and Instructors in “Beginning Turkish I” Course,” Kars, Türkiye, 2018, vol. 1, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: