The Function of “Turkish Language” Courses Taught in Universities in Mother Tongue Teaching in Turkey


In Turkey, in order for the individual to use his mother tongue correctly and efficiently, courses such as “Turkish, Turkish Language and Literature, Language and Expression” are taught throughout school life. This process of learning the mother tongue continues with the course named “Turkish Language” in universities and it is given to all students in their first year in all faculties for two semesters. The specialty of this course is that students who begin the university have to take it compulsorily. This practice began with the foundation of Higher Education Council in 1981. The aims of teaching this course include presenting information about the general linguistic structure of Turkish, improving written and spoken expression of the individual in his mother tongue, and raising young people with the awareness of mother tongue. The course is given by Turkish language lecturers. However, there are some problems for both teachers and students related to the content of the course and its being compulsory. Recently, there have been debates among academicians about whether this course should be taught or not. Some academicians think it does not contribute to learning of mother tongue and it must be removed. One of the other debate topics is about that the course can be selective instead of compulsory. In this paper, the aim of the course, its content and problems will be discussed with researches done before and surveys made with students. After all, the contribution of the course to mother tongue will be evaluated with this data.

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Didem Akyildiz Ay, University of Istanbul, Turkey

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Conference: ECLL2015
Stream: First language acquisition

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