Konuşan Paragraflar (opentext.ku.edu/konusanparagraflar)

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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.

Chapters in this project will be released in a serialized fashion as they are completed.

Thematic Plan

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