THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE FOREIGN STUDENTS LEARNING TURKISH: A TATURK UNIVERSITY CASE

Abstract

Author(s): Nur?at B?ER, ?smail OBAN, S?dd?k BAKIR

The aim of this research is to determine the problems that the foreign students learning Turkish at Ataturk University D?LMER (Language Education Application and Research Center) face and put forward solutions for these problems at 2012-2013 academic year. Within the scope of the research, by using semi-structured interview form, the data were collected from the foreign national students learning Turkish at Ataturk University. A content analysis was made on the data collected.

With this research, the problems about the language characteristics of Turkish, the problems about the teaching method, the problems about the assessment an devaluation, the problems related to the lecturers, the problems about the environment, and the problems about the institutions were ascertained in accordance with the views of the foreign students. It was determined that the foreign students had more difficulty in the cases such as pronunciation, alphabet, writing, lecturers’ fast speaking, high cost of living etc.

It is envisaged that there sult of the research will contribute to the solutions of the problems faced by the foreign students who are learning Turkish at Ataturk University.

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