In July, Turkish Flagship staff, tutors, and pre-Capstone student Evan Lee presented three Turkish language classes and three cultural sessions to high school participants in the 2017 Business is Global international business summer camp.
Despite the fact that most Business is Global, or BIG, students came into the classroom with zero previous exposure to Turkish, everyone left with some knowledge of Turkish language greetings and introductions, classroom objects, formal and informal language, and business etiquette—and everyone learned their numbers, zero through ten and beyond! Each day of class incorporated traditional or popular music in some way, and day three wrapped up with a fun version of musical chairs. Students passed a traditional hat around the classroom, and when the music stopped, they drew a word from the hat and translated it from Turkish to English.
The BIG group also enjoyed cultural sessions covering Turkish and Kurdish folk dancing, Turkish water marbling (known as ebru), and backgammon. Several students competed to make the best flag during the ebru workshop. And in the backgammon lesson, tutor Yasin Aslan taught the students how the winning backgammon player sends the losing player off: with a handshake and instructions to “learn and come back.”
The weekend following the BIG Turkish-focused sessions brought the program’s annual Culture Night. Turkish Flagship presented Turkish tea and coffee culture, complete with coffee ground readings. Several students ended their night with some Turkish folk dancing learned earlier in the week.