RIT -Turkish Language School (Ages 6- 16)
Research Institute on Turkey will launch a weekend language school to provide language classes for 4-14 year old children. Our goal with the program is to provide a socially engaging creative environment for children where they will develop their language skills in Turkish, confidently utilize the language, respect different cultures and languages, eager to learn Turkish and utilize it in everyday life by reading, watching, speaking and listening music in Turkish. In line with RIT’s vision as an institute, RIT- Turkish Language School will utilize egalitarian education concepts where children will be active participants and organizers of the learning environment, understanding and exercising age appropriate pluralistic, egalitarian and democratic practices as well as learning about their country from a critical historical perspective.
The initial stage of the project will include 10 children of two age groups:
Group 1: Ages 6-8
Group 2: Ages 9-16
Student Body: Turkish language classes are designed for children who are familiar with Turkish language in varying levels of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
Purpose of the program for Group 1 (Ages 6 – 8):
Considering the developmental characteristics of the children, Turkish language program highlights awareness and critical thinking built upon games, arts, drama and science activities.
Purpose of the program for Group 2 (Ages 9-16):
We aim to create a program where children between 9-16 will become active participants of the program by bringing their previous knowledge and experiences to our classes. We pay special attention to developing their critical thinking, problem solving and research capabilities further while learning Turkish in an interactive and creative environment. We believe that language learning can be achieved best when the language is utilized in a systematic structure and true language environment.
We aim to develop language awareness for each child by focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening capabilities in each theme. Some of our activities will include stories, songs, drama exercises, games, comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blanks exercises as well as puzzles. These activities will be diversified based on the individual differences and interests of the children. For visual learners, special focus will be on illustrated stories, for oral learners, there will be songs, listening activities and word repetitions. For kinesthetic learners, there will be hands-on and movement based activities. In line with the theory of multiple intelligences, we will offer different activities to fulfill the needs of each type of intelligence.
Administration and Academic Staff:
Our pilot program will be managed and organized by the staff of Research Institute on Turkey. Our academic staff includes two experienced teachers from Turkey:
Birim Bademli (Istanbul, 1980)
Seçil Koman (İzmir, 1982)
Research Institute on Turkey:
Research Institute on Turkey (RIT) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in New York State that consists of an interdisciplinary group of academics: researchers, artists, writers, architects, scientists and activists who explore and engage in academic and non-academic practices on Turkey. Through our events and collaborations, we support academics, researchers, journalists and artists that work within the fields of financialization, collective memory, arts, freedom of expression and academic freedom.