Courses and Summer Programs

Summer Domestic Program at UF

Basics: 8 weeks, 8 credits (5 credits language, 3 credits area studies)

Dates: May 8 – July 3

 

Beginning Turkish, 5 credits

This course teaches intensive beginning level Turkish. It is the equivalent of University of Florida’s academic year-one Turkish program. It improves four basic language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking — while exploring Turkish culture. Besides classroom activities, students will be paired with a native-level language partner where they will simulate targeted, real-life oral proficiency activities such as shopping in the super market or buying a plane ticket. Additionally, the class will drink tea and enjoy Turkish cuisine, music and films with local Turkish families. By the end of the semester, they can expect to moderately discuss their interests and ideas in verbal and written form (targeted level is ILR Level 1+).

Contact hours. 15 classroom hours per week; 120 hrs in total

Additional hours. 10 weekly hours for homework; 5 weekly hours for interactive events (with language partners/tutors, for movies and dinners with Turkish families in town); 3-day excursion to prominent “Turkish spaces” in Florida (Miami and Tampa).

Intermediate Turkish, 5 credits

This intensive course is for students who have studied Beginning Turkish. It is the equivalent of the University of Florida’s Second-Year Turkish language program. Throughout the course, students will improve and practice four basic communicative skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing; while exploring Turkish culture, history and politics. They will also work at the newly revamped UF language laboratory and with native-level language partners. These sessions will be targeted to improve students oral proficiency in simulated real life scenarios and increase the students’ ability to discuss their lives and opinions with greater fluency. Additionally, the class will drink tea and enjoy Turkish cuisine, music and films with local Turkish families. By the end of the program, students can communicate in Turkish with moderate confidence and precision (targeted level is ILR Level 2/2+).

Contact hours. 15 hours per week; 120 hrs in total

Additional hours. 10 weekly hours for homework; 5 weekly hours for interactive events (with language partners, for movies and dinners with Turkish families in town); 3-day excursion to prominent “Turkish spaces” such as the Turkish Consulate in Miami, Florida.

Turkish Politics and Culture Since 1808, 3 credits

This course examines Turkish political and cultural transformation since 1808. The central topics covered are: Western Perceptions of Turks; the Ottomans; Republican foundations; Daily Life; Islam; Migrations; and the European Union. The course explores these topics through the prism of original sources such as literary texts, and emphasizes the ways cultural forces contribute to the making of modern Turkey. At the end of the course, students should be able to identify major themes in Turkish-Islamic politics; demonstrate an understanding of Turkish and Muslim identities; analyze complex religious issues with empirical evidence; and develop skills for advanced focus on European, Middle Eastern, and Turkish studies.

Further Information: The Turkish Students Association, graduate students from Turkey, and designated language partners will help our students practice Turkish and improve their language skills during their time in the UF Project GO program. We will also have “Tea with Turks” and “dining with a Turkish family” with families in Gainesville on a biweekly basis. There will also be film screenings and other Turkish-related activities (soccer, scrabble, quizlet and other games) regularly scheduled as part of the immersion program.