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About the Program

The Turkish Flagship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at Indiana University Bloomington to achieve advanced language proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. Our students study abroad, build highly marketable skills that set them apart when looking for jobs right out of college, and have fun while doing it! Interested? We’ll also help you find funding for the entire experience!

 

The Language Flagship is a rigorous program of study in 12 languages at 23 universities across the United States. IU is home to three programs—Chinese, Swahili and Turkish. Read more.

 

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IU Language Flagship Centers:

 


No plans this summer? Study Turkish at IU!

 


Partnership with ROTC:

We have scholarships available for IU Army and Air Force ROTC Cadets! Contact us to find out more!

Air Force ROTC Scholarship
The Air Force recently began awarding 3-4 year scholarships to Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets to help meet the current and emerging strategic language and cultural competency needs of the Department of Defense and United States Air Force. The Air Force Foreign Language Flagship Scholarship Program is designed to help students pursuing an Air Force commission complete an advanced language and cultural study program at home and abroad with one of IU’s three Language Flagship Programs in Chinese, Swahili, or Turkish. For additional benefits of IU AFROTC membership, keep reading.


Turkish Flagship Events:

January

Turkish Talk: Sosyal Protestolar Sırasında Kullanıcı Davranışlarının Değişimi

Guest Speaker: Onur Varol

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, January 21st

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

February

Flagship Gala

Time: 4 -6 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 10th

Location:IMU Alumni Hall


Flagship Poetry Night

Time: 1 -3:30 pm

Date: Saturday, February 14th

Location: Union Street Center


Turkish Talk: Polluting Electronics

Guest Speaker: Özlem Sadık

Time:7:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 17th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Movie Matinee

Time: 2 pm

Date: Saturday, February 28th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

March

Turkish Talk: Turkish Death Ceremonies and Traditions

Guest Speaker: Dr. Metin Eren

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, March 25th

Location: Eigenmann Hall, Room 1138


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

April

Game Day

Time:1 pm

Date: Saturday, April 4th

Location: Union Street Center C102


James Dirgin ILR Workshop

Time: 1- 5:15 pm (Friday) 10am - 4pm (Saturday)

Date: Friday-Saturday, April 10-11th

Location: Ballantine Hall 109 (Friday) - Ballantine 006 (Saturday)


Talk with Ambassador Abhyankar

Guest Speaker: Rajendra Abhyankar

Time: 5:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 22st

Location: Psychology 100


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

May

Turkish Breakfeast

Time: 11 am

Date: Saturday, May 2nd

Location: 989 S Woodlawn Ave (Bryan Park)


Conversation Table

Time: Beginners: 1-2 pm Advanced: 2-3 pm

Date: Every Friday

Location: IMU Starbucks

Please visit the event calendar page for more information about the events.


IU Spring 2015 Events:

January

Turkish Movie: Winter Sleep

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Thursday-Friday , October 5-6th

Location: IU Cinema

February

Turkish Music: Love, Lost and Found

Time: 12 pm

Date: Friday, February 20th

Location: Morrison Hall 006

March

Navruz Celebration

Time: 6 pm

Date: Thursday, March 26th

Location: Willkie Auditorium

April

Turkey's Quest for Influence in International Governance

Time: 2-4 pm

Date: Friday, April 10th

Location: Maurer School of Law, Room 122

May

Workshop on Online LCTL Teaching

Time: 8:30-5 pm

Date: Friday, May 22nd

Location: State Room East, IMU


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Summer Language Workshop

 


Jihadist and Islamist Antisemitism

 


Workshop on Online LCTL Teaching

 


Talk with Ambassador Abhyankar

 

On Wednesday, April 22nd, Ambassador Rajendra M. Abhyankar from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs gave a lecture entitled, "Turkey's Changing Internal and External Profile," in which he described his experiences serving as India's Ambassador to Turkey in the late 90's as well as a comprehensive overview of Turkey's history as a state since its foundation in 1923. Ambassador Abhyankar explained the many changes and challenges the new Republic underwent in its early years, and emphasized the secular nature of the Turkish state, a defining characteristic he said the Turkish Republic shared with India. He ended with a compelling explanation of current events in Turkey, looking in particular at the activities of the current administration, and commented on the recent social transformations that have been taking place in Turkish society today.

 


James Dirgin ILR Lectures and Workshop

 

James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.

James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.

James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.

James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.

James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.James Dirgin gives presentation on ILR scale to faculty and instructors.

(Third row from top) Turkish Flagship Student Neeli Southwick being given an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by James Dirgin during the ILR Workshop on Saturday. (Bottom row left) Central Eurasian Studies and Turkish Flagship Program faculty, Sibel Ariogul Crum with James Dirgin. (Bottom row right) James Dirgin with Turkish instructor Zeynep Elbasan-Bozdogan and Turkish Flagship Director Professor Kemal Silay.

 

On April 10th and 11th, the Turkish Flagship Center and the Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair were fortunate to host a visit from James Dirgin, our esteemed colleague and foreign language education specialist. James, who spent the last 20 years as an assessment expert for test development and program evaluation under the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) guidelines, has had an illustrious career that includes establishing a proficiency testing quality control system for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). More information about his many achievements can be found below.

 

On Friday, April 10th, James gave two lectures. The first, geared towards language instructors, was titled "An Overview of the ILR Scale, Text Typology and Passage Rating." James described the ILR scale, answered questions about how ILR and ACTFL assessments differ, and shared information about what kinds of questions are appropriate for assessing various levels of language ability.

 

The second lecture, geared towards Flagship students and learners of all languages, was titled, "ILR Testing: What You Need to Know." This lecture was similar to the first, but focused on the student perspective. James answered student questions about how they should prepare for proficiency tests, especially the Oral Proficiency Interview, and gave examples of what they could do to make sure they attain a Level 3 proficiency in their prospective target languages. Notably, he encouraged students to read widely on their own, since everyday conversation is conducted at an ILR Level 1 or 2. Rarely do we use Level 3 language, even in many workplaces. He said that reading literature is a particularly good way to expose one's self to high level language, like metaphors and rhetorical devices.

 

Friday evening, the Turkish Studies Chair hosted a dinner for James, Turkish Flagship students, and a couple of other students studying Turkish. James and the students spoke only Turkish, discussing everything from their future plans to politics, while enjoying Turkuaz's excellent menu.

 

Instructors from the Chinese Flagship Program, Turkish Flagship Program, Central Eurasian Studies, and a handful of other language programs on campus joined James for a workshop on Saturday. During the workshop, James instructed the audience on how to give an effective OPI. He gave one in Turkish to a Flagship student in her second year of the program, and another in English to a native Turkish speaker studying at Indiana University. Additionally, James worked with the instructors to examine a variety of language passages and activities that can be used in the classroom.

 

Both the Turkish Flagship Center and Turkish Studies were delighted to bring James Dirgin to campus. We look forward to hosting him again in the near future.

 


Congratulations to Turkish Flagship Students and Staff Members

 

The Turkish Flagship Center would like to recognize the following students and staff members for their outstanding achievements this semester!

 

Congratulations to Turkish Flagship students Katy Hockerman, Casey Vaugh and Haily Merritt for receiving the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Turkish. They will spend eight weeks intensively studying Turkish in Bursa (Katy) and Ankara (Casey and Haily).

 

Congratulations as well to Kira Bushman for receiving a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Turkish at the Summer Language Workshop this summer at IU.

 

We'd also like to congratulate Turkish Flagship student Grace Burris for receiving the David E. Albright Memorial Scholarship from the Center for the Study of Global Change for her commitment to international issues.

 

Congratulations as well to staff member Keely Bakken for receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Russian in Nizhny Novgorod and a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Kazan, Russia; to staff member Melisa Frost for receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and an academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Uzbek; to staff member Connor Leach for receiving a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Bulgaria; and to staff member Cesur Dağlı for receiving the IST/AVC Memorial Award for a research fellowship.


Turkish Game Day

 

On Saturday, Turkish Flagship Students competed in a Turkish Flagship version of Jeopardy, stretching their knowledge of Turkish language, culture and history. The popular trivia game was known in Turkey as Riziko when it first premiered in Turkey in the 1990s.

 

The students were divided into 4 teams that also included Turkic speaking members of the Bloomington Intercultural Dialog Group (BIDG) and students from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs who will be traveling to Turkey this summer. Each team chose a Turkish city as their team name: Izmir, Istanbul, Gaziantep, and Batman.

 

Though technically answering the fewest questions correctly, Team Izmir came in first after an exciting round of Final Jeopardy! in which team Gaziantep (previously in the lead) bet all their winnings… and a bike, but lost. Team Batman came in a close second, just one point behind Team Izmir. The questions covered a range of topics relating to Turkey from history to cuisine and manners. The final jeopardy question, “Which other name has the city of Ankara gone by? (Angora or Ancyra)”, was a difficult question, and even the native Turks could not find the answer.


Before the game, the Turkish Flagship Students also had a chance to practice their Turkish with native speakers. BIDG generously brought a plentitude of wonderful Turkish food that participants enjoyed before and after the game. Thank you BIDG and SPEA participants. We hope you had as much fun as us!

 

 

      


Turkish Flagship Center Volunteers at Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar

 

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On March 26th and 27th, Turkish Flagship Center staff and students participated in Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar, a free multicultural arts and education event for kids and families from the Bloomington area. Volunteers taught students to make fezzes, cutting and gluing colored construction paper for the base of the fez and attaching yarn tassels to the top. Volunteers had a chance to tell participants and members of the community about Ottoman history, Turkey, and Turkish culture, and even shared some of the stories and anecdotes of the popular Nasreddin Hoca.


The Language Flagship Gala

 

The first ever Language Flagship Gala was a collaborative effort by the Turkish, Chinese, and Swahili Flagship Programs to showcase our students’ achievements and introduce the IU community to the cultures associated with our respective languages.

 

Flagship students from each program gave short presentations, talking about their experience in the host country and discussing their academic and professional achievements. Grace Burris, who studied at Ankara University’s TÖMER institute in Summer 2014, represented the Turkish Flagship Program. Students from the Turkish and Swahili Flagship Programs each sang a song, and Huan Zhang of the Calligraphy Club gave a guqin performance. Additionally, Gulnoza Yusupova and Jewher Ilham shared Uzbek and Uyghur dances, highlighting the ability of Turkish Flagship students later pursue the study of other Turkic languages and cultures.

 

The night ended with an opportunity for attendees to mingle, taste Turkish, Swahili, and Chinese dishes, and talk to the Flagship students about their experiences in each program. Deans from the School of Global and International Studies, and faculty and advisors from across campus were in attendance.