Turkish Classes at Rumi Forum Washington, DC
Courses are offered at Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
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1150 17th St. N.W., Suite 408
Washington, DC 20036
• Turkish language classes are open to everyone who is interested in studying the turkish language.
• The classes are arranged based on the number of students interested in at any level.
• Our teachers are using a Turkish Language Book Set written in Turkish.
For the intensive program: A two and a half class per week and four classes in a month.
Intensive Turkish Classes for Summer 2013
April 15 - July 7
12 weeks (30 hours) intensive program
All levels 1-7 will be offered
Testimonials form Past students
The course was well organized and well conducted. Each class reviewed past lessons and built upon the previous lectures which provided good continuity from week to week.
The culture that was brought out through the language was the best part. Kenan bey always related what we were learning to some real part of Turkey or some history as to where some language came from.
I do recommend it because it's enjoyable but also convenient for those who are working full time.
Kenan Top is outstanding teacher. Small class size helps individualized learning. We learned a lot this semester; I really feel like I am making progress. Nice, also, to have break with turkish tea and treats.
Very good atmosphere, very good teaching method.
Very Professional. Well put together. informative.
This was a course focusing on the fundamentals of Turkish. There was much time devoted to an explanation of and the practicing of basic principles of Turkish grammar and structure. Additionally, there was time devoted to aspects of Turkish culture as they arose. Frequently, Turkish television commercials were used both to change the pace of the class and to develop listening comprehension skills.
The instructor's presentation of the grammatical concepts was always clear and to the point. We had numerous written opportunities to practice the principles that had been introduced, absolutely essential to assimilating the fundamentals of a language as suffix-rich as Turkish. As a native speaker of Turkish, the instructor had complete control of his own language while also possessing an outstanding knowledge of English, allowing him to explain the concepts in terms that native speakers of English could easily comprehend. He was extremely patient at all times and unceasingly polite, considerate, understanding, and helpful. Providing us all on a regular basis with cookies, tea, and assorted other Turkish delicacies, he was the epitome of Turkish hospitality.
Yes, I would definitely recommend the course to others. Kenan Top is a knowledgeable instructor, understands both his subject and his students, and does a very good job of creating a comfortable, non-threatening environment in the classroom. This is essential to successful foreign language instruction.
The small class sizes offered by Rumi Forum foster an excellent learning environment with personalized attention and maximized participation. And the course instructor teaches not only the Turkish language—he also teaches about Turkish culture, the linguistic origins of certain words, and many helpful idioms and famous proverbs.
I greatly enjoyed the small class size and the course instructor’s teaching skills. In terms of dislikes, I got nothing!
Yes, I would highly recommend this course to others. The price is very fair, the teaching quality is outstanding, and the class environment is very attentive and enables learning. We even get tea and snacks at every class!
This is a wonderful foundations class that sets the right tone between language learning and cultural learning. I loved the pace and the class participation. I thought it was perfect.
I absolutely want to continue to the next level class. I loved the teacher and how well he explained everything. Always very clear and logical, always time for questions and making sure everyone understands before moving forward. At the same time, keeping up an appropriate pace of progress.
I would totally recommend this class to anyone and think it's a great way to learn a new language and meet other people that have the same goals. Really looking forward to the next session when it begins!
My impressions were very positive. I think we learned a lot in a short period of time without it seeming overly burdensome. I found the homework to be quite manageable, but useful in learning the language. I liked having class once per week, as it was easier to fit in to my schedule.
Likes: fast pace, focus on speaking early on rather than just memorizing vocabulary words, opportunity to speak in class
I think we learned a lot at a manageable pace for a good price.
It's once a week, so I can still have a life.
A lot of homework, but doable if once a week.
Plenty of interaction.
Good groups of people taking these courses.
Rumi Forum creates a nice learning environment.
I would definitely recommend it to others. There are very few places in DC that teach
Turkish and this one has more to offer than just Turkish instruction.
I found the course extremely informative and has provided me so far with good grounding in the Turkish language to continue on in learning the language. The pace of learning is also well balanced. The homework load, going over the homework in class, and the instructor's personable skills allowing students to ask questions about language and culture is an added value.
I like the instructor's pace in teaching. He goes over homework, provides ample time for questions and discussion, and then there is still more time to learn new material each week.
Yes I would recommend this class to others. I learned a lot in only the first introductory course, the class size is perfect which allows for more interaction with the instructor, and the instructor is extremely friendly.
I have learned more through these courses than the month I spent in Turkey taking language courses every day 3 hours a day.
Kenan bey is an outstanding language instructor; his delivery method of the curriculum is very effective! I'd like to continue my Turkish language courses with him.
[Would you recommend to others?] But of course! ...also because it's exceedingly difficult to find good Turkish language instructions anywhere else in town.
My impressions of the Turkish course was that it was a good introduction to the Turkish language. The cost was very reasonable, compared to average tuition costs in Washington D.C. There was a small class size, which contributed to student learning, and allowing the instructor to spend more one-on-one time with each student. The book we used was well-written, and was more interactive than simple rote memorization. Additionally, our instructor was available by email for additional language practice.
What I liked best about the course was the small class size and informal atmosphere.
I would recommend to others who want a short, introductory class in Turkish, and dislike the rigid formality of a school classroom. In addition to Turkish language, it is a good introduction to Turkish culture as well as a place to meet other DC area residents interested in learning about Turkey.
Good for adult learners - time, place, and flexibility
Likes: teaching style, teacher sympathy and encouragement, textbook, small class size, dedicated students, and delicious food
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