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New Turkish GCSE and A Level Exams: Changes, Challenges, and Tailored Preparation Strategies
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New Turkish GCSE and A Level Exams: Changes, Challenges, and Tailored Preparation Strategies

Jan 14, 2024    |    0

Hello Dear Parents and Educators,

Today at Roots & Talks, we want to share detailed information about the Turkish GCSE and A Level exams, which hold an important place in the education system in the UK. We are looking forward to the views of our educators and experienced parents on this topic, as knowledge gains value when shared.

The New Turkish GCSE System: Structural Changes and Their Importance

In the old system, our students could achieve high grades with minimal effort. However, in the new system, the Turkish GCSE exam is managed by the Edexcel Exam Board and is more challenging compared to the old one. The exam measures four fundamental skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The most interesting part is the English-Turkish, Turkish-English translation sections included in the reading and writing exams. This new approach more comprehensively evaluates language skills.

Reading Section:

Students need to read and understand various Turkish texts. These can range from news articles to literary works. For instance, a student might be asked to read and analyze poems by Nazım Hikmet or a short story by Orhan Pamuk.

Writing Section:

Here, students write compositions on given topics. These topics can range from current events to personal experiences. For example, they might be given a topic like "The Role of Technology in Our Daily Lives".

Listening Section:

In this part, students are presented with audio recordings in Turkish, and they are expected to extract the main ideas and details.

Speaking Section:

In this section, students demonstrate their language proficiency by speaking on designated topics in Turkish.

A Level Turkish: Content and Structural Changes

A Level Turkish offers a more in-depth Turkish language education for students. This level includes listening, reading, translation, and a substantial amount of writing. Students choose from three designated books and three films and write extensive essays on them. For example, they might write on the thematic connections between Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's novel 'Huzur' and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'.

Additionally, students are expected to undertake a research project and write an essay on this topic. This can be a topic of their own interest, such as "The Impact of Social Media on Politics in Turkey".

Roots & Talks Approach: Preparing Not Just for Exams, but for Life

At Roots & Talks, we aim to prepare our students not just for exams, but for life. Language learning is not just about academic success; it is also about cultural richness and communication skills. We want our students to see Turkish as a tool that can open new opportunities for them in the future.

Additional Note:

While we at Roots & Talks offer personalized one-on-one Turkish lessons, this article primarily focuses on the Turkish GCSE and A Level exams. For more information about the courses and teaching approaches offered at Roots & Talks, please contact us through our contact page.

With love and respect,

Roots & Talks Education Team