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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Turkish-FL, Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Lang

Author: Johan Vandewalle

FYI Body: I hereby wish to inform all colleagues teaching Turkish as a Foreign
Language that a "Forum for Teachers of Turkish as a Foreign Language"
has been created on the adress:


Everyone who is teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language (TFL), all over
the world, is kindly invited to contribute to this Forum. You may write
in Turkish or English. The aims of this Forum are: (1) to describe
problems encountered by foreign students of Turkish and, most important,
suggest possible solutions; (2) to clarify specific problems of Turkish
language use that have not yet been sufficiently described in existing
Turkish grammars; (3) to discuss different didactic approaches, methods
and techniques that are being used or could be used for TFL; (4) to
evaluate new publications in the field of TFL; (5) to exchange
information on seminars and symposia on TFL; (6) to maintain contac
between Teachers of TFL.

Best regards,

Johan Vandewalle

Turkish-FL moderator

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