UTSA community: Register for free Turkish language and culture class

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Galata tower, Beyoglu district in Istanbul, Turkey

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(Jan. 24, 2011)--The UTSA Turkish Student Association will offer two free Turkish language and culture classes from 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 25-April 26 and Thursdays, Jan. 27-April 28 on the UTSA Main Campus. Open to UTSA students, faculty and staff, each class will be limited to the comfortable size of 15 participants.

Each 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 a class, e-mail turksa.utsa@gmail.com and provide your name, occupation, e-mail and phone. On registering, class members will be contacted with information on the class location.

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

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Why learn to speak Turkish?

  • Turkish is the fifth most popular language 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, making it 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.