Turkish Course Offerings

This is an intensive beginning language class based on the Elementary Turkish textbook by Kurtulu? Öztopçu, available from the Bookstore or on-line (www.oztopcu.com).  Our aim will be to master basic communicative skills and the fundamentals of Turkish grammar.  In the spring semester, we will work through the rest of the textbook, using various extra resources.  Each student will be required to keep two separate composition notebooks according to fairly specific rules (‘Ders Defteri’ for exercises, ‘Gramer Defteri’ for grammar review – separate instructions will be provided).  Students will have opportunities to practice their speaking skills with a native speaker TA.

Materials for this course will be provided by the instructor. Some of the sources for materials are: the TÖMER Hitit series, D?LMER workbook,on-line materials, newspaper articles, and short pieces of Turkish literature. The handouts should be neatly completed and handed in to be graded. Then, each student should develop a tidy method to keep all worksheets in one folder or binder.

It may be worth buying the comprehensive yet expensive grammar book by G Lewis: Turkish Grammar. It has clear organization, comprehensive treatment of grammar, and wealth of examples.

You must own (and put to good use) an approved English-Turkish/Turkish-English dictionary. (Redhouse ordered to Bookstore)

Handout exercises: 40% of final grade
Compositions: 20% of final grade
Verbal participation, including conversation sessions: 15% of final grade
Midterm exam: 15% of final grade
Final exam: 10% of final grade
The four skills in language acquisition must work together:
Listening (in class, with Blackboard materials, in chat sessions, with films)
Speaking (spontaneous in class and in chat sessions; also with pre-formed dialogues)
Reading (as homework: with textbook, literature, newspaper articles, specialized articles)

This language course is a continuation of TURK-021 and requires the completion of that course or its equivalent, as determined by the professor.

This language course is a continuation of TURK-201 and requires the completion of that course or its equivalent, as determined by the professor.

The course will cover a range of topics from contemporary life in the Republic of Turkey: politics, literature, social media, international relations, and others. Students will be reading only authentic materials and writing at a near-professional level, and will get the opportunity to engage with multiple guest speakers in the field. Academic discourse and vocabulary will be important in this class. 

This course will examine the role of anthropology and anthropologists in the history of the contact that Europe and the U.S.A. have had with the Muslim World.  Examples will include anthropological writing produced both during and following the period of British, French, and Russian colonialism in places such as Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, India, Afghanistan, North Africa, Lebanon, and in the Caucasus and Central Asia (all readings are in English).  More recent ethnographies of Bosnia, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, and Indonesia will be examined.  An ethnographic study of Muslims in Germany and an examination of global musical trends among Muslim youth will round out the course.  Talal Asad’s critique of the Anthropology of Islam will inform course readings and discussions exploring the history of academic orientalism and the theoretical challenge to it as elucidated by Edward Said.  Intellectual engagement with both primary anthropological texts and critical responses will be required.  The Muslim reform movement of Jadidism, the Naqshibendi response to colonialism, the work of Muslim anthropologists and folklorists, and other topics of individual interest may be addressed in the case studies.
The grading for the course will be based on multiple essays posted to the class site, a case study research paper and presentation, a timeline assignment, and a connective final essay.

This course is open to both upper level undergraduates and graduate students.

In this Advanced, 3 credit, Turkish class, we will use a range of readings and exercises to improve fluency in the four main language skills of:
Reading Comprehension
Listening Comprehension
Various Materials will be required including DILMER workbooks, the Penn Modules, and selections from Turkish Literature
Grades will be based on:
Graded compositions and worksheets:  50%
Class and Discussion Group Participation: 25%
Midterm Exam:  15%
Final Exam:  10%