“Thought stems from language, language stems from thought.”
The relation between language and thought is an ongoing process. The child by learning reading and writing in the elementary school, also formulates the language but in order to use the formula in a correct manner, s/he has to develop the listening, understanding and narration skills. Children come to learn foreign languages really easier if they have strong native language base. The reason why in Üsküdar SEV Middle School language learning has a special place is that language skills have an effective impact on communication skills and good communication skills are key to success in life.
Turkish lessons in our school aim students to comprehend four basic language skills through contents and methods. The Turkish language education aims to raise individuals who move forward from self-story to others’ stories, who stretch from daily life to universal life dimensions, who can make connections between self-living and others’ lives, who can work towards solutions and make comments and argue and write and share and push the limits, have developed language awareness and knowledge about themselves , the environment, the nature, the country and the universe and develop positive opinions about themselves.
Turkish lessons involve reading, writing, comprehending, listening / monitoring major areas of studying. The lesson adhering to the Ministry of Education curriculum, is carried out through literary works, text books and guided books.
Modern educational approaches are used for students to acquire these four major skills in a lasting and effective manner.
Concrete information instead of abstract information: Constructive, applicable information is given; methods and ways are followed to get this kind of information.
Method of Realization: Events, facts, objects, concepts are studied together with counterparts; individual – world - time triangle is handled on the dimensions of language and meaning.
Scientific Information: Researches, observations, studies, applications, comparisons, essays, and reason-consequence relations are all based on learning. All scientific, technological, audio-visual tools and means are used in Turkish lessons.
The subjects thought in Turkish lessons are reinforced with various activities and practices:
· Written and verbal expression studies and presentations are based on preliminary survey.
· Various essays are dramatized through group works.
· Writing essays with reference to journals, poetry, narratives, painting, photography, and music.