TURKISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Turkic languages have a literary history which dates back more than 2,000 years. These languages are spoken by some 180 million people as a native language and the total number of Turkic language speakers is over 200 million including speakers as a second language. The Turkish language spoken today in Republic of Turkey, which was modernized during the Turkish revolutionary independence movement of the first half of the twentieth century, is the language being taught in ATA-NC’s Turkish classes. The idea of learning Turkish is new to many Americans. With the increasing global importance of Turkey in the last couple of decades and as a result of rapidly growing number of Americans visiting Turkey, more and more Americans are interested in learning Turkish. The following classes are offered at ATA-NC attempt to help individuals who want to speak the Turkish language and learn more about the Turkish culture.
Classes Taught at ATA-NC
IMPORTANT: Please note that not all classes listed below are offered in the same semester. The classes are opened based on student demand and availability of our teachers. Please click here to see the list of currently offered or open classes.
Turkish 101: Elementary Turkish 1
Basic grammar elements (vowel harmony, pronouns, nonverbal predicates, and simple adjectives) and key suffixes (noun cases) are introduced; basic phrases used during common situations are taught; homeworks will be assigned in this class.
Prerequisites: Understanding of basic grammar elements in English.
Turkish 102: Elementary Turkish 2
More elements of the Turkish grammar including imperatives, possessive constructs, postpositions, and present continuous tense are introduced; telling date and time and also common phrases used during daily conversations are taught; homeworks will be assigned in this class.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 101 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 103: Beginner Turkish 1
Advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, primary postpositions, adverbials, definite past tense, present/aorist tense, and future tense are studied; verbal nouns and noun clauses are introduced; introductory development of listening, speaking, and reading skills; homeworks will be assigned in this class.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 102 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 104: Beginner Turkish 2
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including more postpositions, adverbs of time, compound tenses, when/while clauses with adverbial auxiliaries, and necessitatives are studied; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; homeworks will be assigned in this class.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 103 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 110: Intermediate Turkish 1
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including more postpositions, reflexive pronoun, non-future subject participles, and intensive adjectives are introduced; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; no homeworks will be assigned in this class. Variety of class exercises will take place.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 104 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 111: Intermediate Turkish 2
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including more postpositions; reflexive, emphatic and indefinite pronouns; adverbial suffixes; and non-future object participles are studied; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; no homeworks will be assigned in this class. Variety of class exercises will take place.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 110 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 112: Intermediate High Turkish 1
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including abilitatives, future-subject and object participles, and more advanced uses of non-future object participle are studied; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; no homeworks will be assigned in this class. Variety of class exercises will take place.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 111 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 113: Intermediate High Turkish 2
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including partitives, diminutives, optatives, passive and reflective forms of verbs, relative suffix, and a few derivative suffixes are studied; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; no homeworks will be assigned in this class. Variety of class exercises will take place.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 112 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 120: Intermediate High Turkish 3
More advanced elements of the Turkish grammar including causatives, conditionals, reported past tense, predicative and emphatic suffix, and a few derivative suffixes are studied; further development of conversational skills; more complex phrases with clauses used during common conversations are taught; no homeworks will be assigned in this class. Variety of class exercises will take place.
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 113 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 201: Intermediate Advanced Turkish 1
Students will be taught how to form complex grammar elements using the fundamental elements that were covered in 100 levels. Classes at this level will focus on forming expressions for different situations (e.g., expressing gratitude, expressing displeasure, concerns, talking about past, remembering past, etc.)
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 120 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish 202: Intermediate Advanced Turkish 2
Classes at this level will focus on conversations about topics relevant to Turkish life and culture (e.g., history, geography, politics, food, arts, leisure, relationships, etc.).
Prerequisites: Completion of Turkish 201 or equivalent proficiency in Turkish.
Turkish Conversation Class / Advanced Turkish
This class is for students who have taken advanced level of Turkish classes before. Some grammar might be reviewed. However the main focus will be on conversation. Communicative Language Teaching methods will be used to help students speak Turkish. Authentic reading materials and video clips in Turkish will be used to improve students' reading and listening abilities.
Please note that all Turkish 100 level classes are heavily grammar based and only 6-7 topics are introduced in each semester.
Currently Offered/Open Classes
IMPORTANT: Please note that only the classes listed below are currently offered or open. Please also note that "offered" does not mean "open." An "offered" class is "opened" only when there is sufficient amount of registered students for that class and the teacher is available to teach it. In other words, if you do not see the class for which you want to register listed below (e.g., Turkish 101), that means it is not currently offered and will not be opened until its teacher becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding. Please revisit this page for updates.
• Beginner Turkish 1 (Turkish 103): Every Thursday between 5:45PM and 7:30PM (two 45-minute theory plus practice classes with a short break in between) • Teacher: Bora Bali • This 10-week class is currently opened and will take place between February 6th, 2020 and April 9th, 2020 (now June 25th, 2020 because of cancellations due to COVID-19). The class may be extended to 11 or more weeks at teacher's discretion for makeup classes. This class has prerequisites. Please contact the teacher by February 6th, 2020 and read the rules & the location information below BEFORE registering for this class.
Due to COVID-19, all Turkish classes that are opened will be held on-line through a video conferencing service used by the teacher. Please contact the teacher video conferencing details before the first day of your class.
Textbooks, Dictionaries, and Notes
• The textbook for the classes Turkish 101 through 104 is “Teach Yourself Turkish, Complete Course” by Asuman Çelen-Pollard, et al (ISBN 978-0071434225). Students should to bring their own copy to the class. If the student already has other Turkish textbooks, they can bring them to the class as well. However, comparisons, reviews, confirmations, and questions based on other texts are not allowed during the class. They can be brought to the teacher's attention during breaks or after the class through e-mails.
• A Turkish-English dictionary is highly recommended. Dictionaries from the publisher Redhouse are good choices as they indicate suffix usages with particular Turkish words, which are very useful for beginners. Students can also use online dictionaries. Two good ones are http://www.seslisozluk.net and http://tureng.com.
• Please note that there are no class notes handed out by the teacher. Students must take their own notes in the classes.
• There will be homework assigned in the classes Turkish 101 through Turkish 104. The teacher will provide PDF files containing exercises. Students will need to print out, complete assigned exercises, and return to the teacher for their review. Various class activities focusing on hands-on practices will replace homework in Turkish 110 and higher level classes.
• For 10-week Sessions: $250.00
• For 5-week Sessions: $125.00
1. Only checks are accepted as a form of payment. Please make them payable to ATA-NC.
2. Prorating is NOT offered. The tuition is the same regardless of the number of the classes a student attends.
3. Tuition is due before the 2nd week of the semester/session. If the student is permitted to join the class after the 2nd week, the full tuition is due when they start the classes. If the student does not pay the tuition but continue to come to the classes, they will be dropped out of the class.
4. Tuition is NOT REFUNDABLE after the 2nd week of the current semester/session.
5. There is NO ATA-NC member discount applicable to the tuition.
6. There is NO returning/former student discount. The fees are as indicated above.
1. ATA-NC Turkish Classes are for ADULTS only. You must be 17 or older to be able to register for any of the classes offered.
2. Although the aforementioned classes are offered, they are opened only if there is more than one registered student. In other words, there must be at least two registered students to open up a class. Prospective students must contact the teacher(s) using the e-mail address provided at the bottom of this page BEFORE the announced start date of any class to learn whether or not the offered class is going to be opened. If students drop out during semester, the class remains open even if there is only one student remaining. However, in such case, the full attendance by the remaining student is required. Otherwise, the class is cancelled. There is no refund of the tuition in such case.
3. Registered students who have attended all the classes in a given level will have to take a test and pass it with a score of 70 or higher out of 100 to be able to move on to the next level. Returning all assigned homeworks is also requirement for advancing to the next level.
4. The registration forms can be downloaded from the link given below. It is imperative for prospective and continuing students to contact the teacher(s) BEFORE the announced start date of any class to indicate their desire to take the class. See the rule #2 above. Students must fill out the registration form and bring it to the first class.
5. Joining classes after the 2nd week of the semester is usually not permitted although it is left to teacher’s discretion. Please check with teacher(s) to see if you can register late.
6. If a student does not attend THREE or more consecutive classes without teacher's approval, they will be dropped out of the class. Please note that the tuition is not refundable after the 2nd week of the semester/session to which the student is registered.
7. There may be makeup classes at teacher’s discretion. These will be announced during the semester.
8. As indicated above, there are prerequisites for taking Turkish classes. If you have not completed the prerequisites of the class you would like to take, but believe that you have sufficient proficiency in Turkish for that level, you must contact the teacher to see if you can join the class. You may be asked to demonstrate your proficiency in Turkish.
9. Recording and/or broadcasting the classes using any method or device including but not limited to video or voice recorders and smart phones is not permitted due to the privacy policies of ATA-NC, which require explicit and written consent from ALL PARTIES including all students taking the class, its teacher, AND the ATA-NC BOD. Recording and/or broadcasting the classes furtively without permission results in student's dismissal from the class.
10. No food is allowed in the classrooms during a class session unless eating has been explicitly permitted by the teacher conducting the class. Hot or cold beverages are permitted, but must be carried in covered containers that are both spill-proof and leak-proof. Permissible containers include squeeze bottles, reusable cups/mugs with lids. Cold beverages sold in bottles and cans are also acceptable.
11. Mobile phones can be disruptive in the classroom in a number of ways and their use should not be abused. If the phone must be on during the class, it must be put in vibrate mode. If there is a need to check for and/or receive a call, the student must inform the teacher in advance and conduct their phone conversations outside the Turkish House. Students should refrain from text messaging in the classroom unless the teacher has given explicit permission.
12. Using computers, tablets, phones and other devices are permitted only to "take notes" and "access online dictionaries." Recording the classes in any way (voice, audio, or both) is not permitted. Please see the rule #9 above.
13. These rules and the content on this page can change without notice to students and during open semesters. Registered students are considered to have agreed to the modified rules.
To register for the class you're interested in, please contact the teacher first. Depending on the schedule and the level of the class you want to attend, you may be asked to provide relevant information and/or your proficiency in Turkish in case prerequisites apply to you. Once you are approved by the teacher to take the class, print and fill out the registration form, which can be DOWNLOADED FROM HERE. Please DO NOT e-mail the completed registration forms to the teacher. Bring the completed form with you to the FIRST class. By signing the registration form, you also agree to the above rules.
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