UTSA community: Register for free Turkish language and culture class

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Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey

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(Sept. 10, 2010)--The UTSA Turkish Student Association will offer a free Turkish language and culture class from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 14-Dec. 2 in the University Center Hawthorne Room (2.01.34) on the UTSA Main Campus. Open to the UTSA community, the class is limited to 15 participants, but another section will be opened if there is sufficient interest.

The two-hours-per-week course will include videos, textbooks, Web-based content support and social activities such as Turkish movies, Turkish food, coffee hours and one-to-one conversation.

To register for the class, e-mail turksa.utsa@gmail.com and provide your name, occupation, e-mail and phone.

For more information, contact Husnu Narman at 210-584-6349.

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Why learn to speak Turkish?

  • Turkish is the fifth biggest language spoken in the world with more than 200 million speaking Turkish.
  • The Turkish language is written in a Latin alphabet and pronounced as it is written. Therefore, it is easy to learn.
  • Turkey is an emerging economic power with geographic and political ties with Central Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
  • According to the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), only 0.7 persons are available for each Turkish language teacher position in the United States. That means the supply does not meet the demand.