Turkey, with a population of seventy million and vast economic resources is one of the fastest growing countries in the world.
Turkish language courses
The official language of
The earliest known alphabet developed by the Turks is the Gokturk alphabet, in which the well known Orhon inscriptions from the eighth century AD were written. However, Turks have also used Suryani, Armenian, Georgian and ancient Greek alphabets in their writings to produce works of outstanding literature. The Ottomans used the Arabic alphabet to produce millions of books and official documents which are preserved in the libraries and archives of both
The Turkish language program aims to provide students with the skills necessary to read, write and speak modern Turkish and to familiarise them with modern Turkish culture. In the classes, particularly those for Elementary Turkish, the emphasis is on drills, exercises and situational practice.
All lessons include exercises, reading passages and listening to tapes. The lecturer may provide additional reading when necessary. Students are encouraged to read articles and books on Turkish language and culture.
Turkish History and Culture courses
According to Chinese sources, the history of the Turks dates back to the seventh century BC. The first known
It was after the advent of Ottomans in the fourteenth century that a new era began in Turkish history, for the Ottomans were able to incorporate three cultures: Turkish, Islamic and Byzantine. The Ottoman Eastern policy during the reign of Selim the Grim and Suleyman the Legislator can be better appreciated in the light of present day conflict in the
Turkish courses can be undertaken as single courses, or as a minor in the Bachelor of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies, or as an Arts minor within the Bachelor of Arts degree or combined BA degree options. Turkish courses can also be included in the Centre’s post-graduate coursework, and as an adjunct to research for MA, MPhil and PhD.
Turkish courses offered
- Elementary Turkish A
- Elementary Turkish B
- Intermediate Turkish A
- Intermediate Turkish B
- Turkish History: From Ottoman State to Modern Turkey
- Modern Turkey: History, Culture and Regional Relations