Turkish at The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago offers Turkish language instruction at all levels (elementary, intermediate, advanced). In addition, instruction in Ottoman Turkish is available up to the advanced level. On demand, reading courses in Modern Turkish Literature, Late Ottoman, Old Anatolian Turkish, and Old Turkic are also offered. The University's Modern Turkish language classes aim to develop students’ practical proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the language. Authentic Turkish material from various media such as songs, dialogue recordings, short ads or news video clips, blogs etc. are used in class. Occasionally, students prepare group video recordings of themselves staging dialogs from certain common social situations. Thus, the program fosters not only reading and writing, but also speaking and listening skills. In addition, the University's Ottoman program places great emphasis on the philological education of all students, reads Ottoman literature in the original, and encourages students to work on texts and take them as the basis for their studies.
Outside of regular classes, the program hosts Turkish Circle, which meets weekly on Mondays at 5:00PM in Pick 218. Turkish Circle features talks on various topics of popular and academic interest in Turkish and students of all levels are invited to practice their listening skills and take part in a discussion following the talk.
TURK 10101 Elementary Turkish I
This sequence features proficiency-based instruction emphasizing grammar in modern Turkish. This sequence consists of reading and listening comprehension, as well as grammar exercises and basic writing in Turkish. Modern stories and contemporary articles are read at the end of the courses.
TURK 20101 Intermediate Turkish I
This sequence features proficiency-based instruction emphasizing speaking and writing skills as well as reading and listening comprehension at the intermediate to advanced levels in modern Turkish. Modern short stories, novel excerpts, academic and journalistic articles form the basis for an introduction to modern Turkish literature. Cultural units consisting of films and web-based materials are also used extensively in this course, which is designed to bring the intermediate speaker to an advanced level of proficiency.
TURK 10103, or equivalent with intermediate level proficiency test
TURK 30101 Advanced Turkish I
Advanced Turkish students will develop their language skills in speaking, reading, translating, listening, and writing, while learning about Turkish society and culture at the same time. To address all of these aspects each class is divided into three sections which focuses on a specific skill.
TURK 20103, or equivalent with intermediate level proficiency test
TURK 30501 Ottoman Turkish I
A selection of Turkish printed texts in Arabic script from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is introduced in order of difficulty. Hakan Karateke's unpublished "Ottoman Reader" serves as a text book. The texts are drawn from historical textbooks, official documents, novels, and other genres.
2 years of Turkish, or equivalent