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Explore multimedia stories about the NSLI-Y Turkish summer and academic year programs on NSLI-Y Interactive!

Turkish Summer Program

The 2017-18 NSLI-Y Turkish programs have been suspended. We hope to resume the NSLI-Y Turkish programs in 2018-19.

Ankara CastleProgram Location: Turkey
Program Dates: Summer programs are six to eight weeks in duration and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-August
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 120 hours during the program
Accommodations: Host families

Academic program: The Turkish summer program offers students the opportunity to increase their Turkish language skills through intensive language classes and experiential learning opportunities. Classes focus on improving speaking, listening, reading and writing in Turkish. Host family stays provide participants with valuable opportunities for Turkish conversation and insight into Turkish culture. Cultural activities and excursions complement the formal language classes and give participants a deeper understanding of Turkish history, society, and culture.

Pre- and post-program expectations: All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. TomerAll participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested), and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Good to know: The Turkish language is remarkable for grammar concepts such as vowel harmony and six noun cases. Turkish uses the same alphabet as English but with six additional characters. During Ottoman times, Turkish was written in Arabic script. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey, initiated the use of the Latin alphabet.

 

Turkish Academic Year Program

The 2017-18 NSLI-Y Turkish programs have been suspended. We hope to resume the NSLI-Y Turkish programs in 2018-19.

Program Location: Turkey
Program Dates: September through late June
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 10 hours per week
Accommodations: Host families

Academic program: The Turkish academic year program seeks to improve participants’ Turkish through an intensive immersion experience. Upon completion of the program, students should be able to understand clearly, speak smoothly, read comfortably, and write creatively in the Turkish language. Participants learn Turkish culture and customs first-hand by living with a host family. Local trips to places of cultural and historical interest will be arranged to reinforce lessons learned in school.
Host family house

Pre- and post-program expectations:  All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. All participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested),   and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Good to know: Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia creates a unique blend of Eastern and Western traditions and culture, apparent in the customs, dress and language of the Turkish people. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is known and revered as the father of modern Turkey. The name Atatürk means father of the Turks.

Fun fact! Many Turkish food terms have made their way into the English dictionary, including şiş kebap (shish kebab), and yoğurt (yogurt).