Konuşan Paragraflar (Talking Paragraphs)

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Konuşan Paragraflar (Talking Paragraphs) takes a process-oriented and student-centered approach geared specifically for Anglophone learners of Turkish trying to move from the intermediate to the advanced level. Activities are guided by the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the exploration of authentic materials will be structured to encourage cross-cultural comparisons.  Learning outcomes are clearly provided at the beginning of each unit with grammar and vocabulary introduced in a carefully controlled manner and with a wide variety of activity types that increase in complexity over the course of the unit.

Each unit has a text written by the authors to introduce the theme(s) of the unit as well as an authentic text, both with warm-up activities and reading comprehension questions that require the learner to work on and with the texts to identify the text type, topic sentence, supporting arguments, and other salient details.  Each text is accompanied by a “Spotlight on Culture” section that examines a cultural practice, product, and/or perspective mentioned in the text in addition to explanatory sections on grammar and vocabulary.  Task-based, communicative activities focused primarily on developing speaking skills (information gap, choice, and feedback) are employed throughout each unit.  Each unit concludes with an extended writing assignment that activates schemata for vocabulary, syntax, and cultural content while exploring a variety of different text types including personal writing, public writing, social writing, creative writing, and institutional writing.  Chapters in this project will be released in a serialized fashion with work completed during the summer of 2022.

Thematic Plan (subject to change)

1 – Self

Personal and Academic Goals; Career Planning

2 – Professions

Current Job Market; Business Etiquette; Job and Internship Applications

3 – Society

Cultural Diversity; Women in the Workforce; Being a Child in Turkish Society

4 – Family and Contemporary Life Styles:

Family Relations; Traditional vs New Parenting Trends; Work-Life Balance; Child Rearing; Divorce Trends; Social Media and Family Time

5 – Nature and Recent Movements

Recycling and Climate Change; Sustainable Energy; Slow Food and/or E-Food Movement; Food Geography vs Food Nationality

6 – Healthy Living Approaches

Traditional Diets and New Eating Habits; Obesity Epidemic in Turkey; Eastern Medicine vs. Western Medicine, Overuse of Antibiotics

7 – Money, Time and Technology:

International Relations and Trade; Turkey: A Sleep Deprived Society; Infrastructure Boom: Projects and Economic Crisis

8 – Education:

Education Systems and Learning Styles; Current State of Education in Turkey; University Entrance Exam Debates

9 – Cultural Reflections:

Social Acceptance and Stereotyping; Traditions and Practices; Urban vs Rural, East vs West, Adaptation vs Adoption

10 – Identity Question

Ethnicity and Nationalism; LGBTQ Community; Gender Roles and Discrimination

11 – Global Mobility and Immigration

Syrian Refugees; Immigration to and from Turkey; Safety and Security; Assimilation vs. a Melting Pot Society

12 – Media & Visual Arts

Turkish TV Abroad as Soft Power; Netflix and Online Streaming Services; Turkish Cinema; Cartoons, Comics and Politics