The TPH is a platform where KU affiliates, their family members, and students from UNIC partner universities who are learning Turkish and have basic Turkish knowledge can practice their Turkish conversational skills with native Turkish-speaking volunteers. It was originally planned to be on campus as Turkish Coffee Hour accompanied by snacks and hot beverages. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve decided to move things online since Spring 2020. All international students, faculty, staff, researchers, their family members, and students from UNIC partner universities are welcome to join.
We hope to resume the online TPH as Turkish Coffee Hour after the pandemic.
Beginners: Every Friday, between 1-2 PM.
Intermediate/ Advanced: Every Wednesday, between 2-3 PM.
Spring ‘22 TPH Program
|Mon, March 7, 2022||Info Meeting||Noon- 1 PM||–||Info Meeting|
|Wed, March 9, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||1||Meet & Greet
How much do you know KU?
|Fri, March 11, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||2||Meet & Greet
Get to know KU
|Wed, March 16, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||3||Hobbies|
|Fri, March 18, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||4||Daily/ Social Life|
|Wed, March 23, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||5||Developmental stages|
|Fri, March 25, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||6||Art|
|Wed, March 30, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||7||Travel|
|Fri, April 1, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||8||Animals|
|Wed, April 6, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||9||Culture- Tradition, Folklore|
|Fri, April 8, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||10||Cuisine|
|Wed, April 13, 2022||Intermediate||SPRING BREAK|
|Fri, April 15, 2022||Beginner||SPRING BREAK|
|Wed, April 20, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||11||Technology|
|Fri, April 22, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||12||Relationships- Friendship, Family|
|Wed, April 27, 2022||Intermediate||2-3 PM||13||Psychology|
|Fri, April 29, 2022||Beginner||1-2 PM||14||Culture- Tradition, Folklore|
Certificate of Participation
One of the novelties in Spring ’22 TPH sessions is certification. ICO will provide a certificate of participation at the end of the semester for those who attend at least 5 sessions. The volunteers, therefore, will take the names of the attendees each session.
The program supervisor: Zikri Mert Demircan (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
CSSH provides ten different levels of Turkish classes for international students ranging from BASIC TURKISH (TURK 201, 202, 203, 204); INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 301, 302, 303); and UPPER INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 401) to ADVANCED TURKISH (TURK 402). These courses aim to develop students’ productive language skills by providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment.
In these communicative- based Turkish language classes, assessment is based on testing learners’ linguistic knowledge and accuracy, and their skills in reading and listening comprehension as well as in spoken communication and oral presentation skills.
These courses help students not only to adapt to life in Türkiye and get to know the culture better but also enable them to communicate in Turkish efficiently. They can be offered every semester (fall, spring, and summer) depending on student demand and faculty availability.
Human Resources Directorate offers paid Turkish classes every academic year for pay-rolled faculty members. The announcement of classes is made through KU Daily. Then the faculty members who signed up for the classes attend a test to check their level in the Turkish language.
The university pays a certain amount of the course fee. Therefore just a small amount must be paid by the faculty members. The spouses of faculty members can also benefit from the paid classes. The amount is deducted from the faculty members’ salaries.
More information is announced in KU Daily when it is that time of the year.
You can also contact the HR office for more information regarding sign-ups, regulations, and fees: email@example.com.
You can attend the Turkish courses for foreigners for free. Several İSMEK centers have the program to give the knowledge and skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and communicating the daily expressions for simple needs.
It is a portal that allows individuals to learn Turkish in an interactive way with the help of smartphones, tablets or computers without limitation of time and space.
Ankara University TÖMER (Türkçe Öğretim Merkezi) was founded in 1984 with the aim of teaching Turkish to foreigners by patterning leading language and culture centers of the world. There are 2 TÖMER branches in Istanbul: one in Taksim and the other in Kadıköy.
The site offers a very useful list of and sources to essential Turkish phrases.