FORIEGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT
The main foreign language which is taught at AKA College is English, German is the second one and Spanish is the optional language.
The ELT programme that has been widely used in AKA College is based on four main skills(READING-SPEAKING-LISTENING-WRITING).Our students study topic based lessons which are propped up these four skills.
Students at AKA College will read and respond to a wide range of writing to build an understanding of written materials, of themselves, and of others.
Reading is a complex, interactive process that continues to be a primary means of acquiring and using information. Society regards reading as essential to daily living. Because reading is fundamental to the mastery of other school subjects, students at all levels must learn to understand what they read. They must know and use various strategies-ways of unlocking the meaning of words and larger blocks of text-to become successful readers.
Students should be challenged to read literature and other materials that reflect and stimulate their interests and intellectual abilities. They should read a wide variety of materials, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and other written works that reveal the richness and diversity.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING:
Students at AKA College will listen to understand and will speak clearly and effectively for diverse purposes.
The spoken word, essential to our individual and social development, remains a central means of communication. Whether in informal interactions or more formal settings, speakers are required to communicate clearly in a manner that befits the occasion.
Listening is the most used and least understood of all communication skills. We spend approximately 45 percent of all communication time and as much as 57 percent of school instruction time listening. The ability to listen and follow instructions is highly prized in the workplace.
Students at AKA college will write clearly and effectively to share information and knowledge, to influence and persuade, to create and entertain.
Written communication skills are central to learning. Whether in academic life, in the workplace, or in personal life, they offer a powerful advantage in a world in which people must constantly learn new information. To become confident and effective writers, students need to learn how to write for various purposes and audiences. To ensure that their writing is understood and well-received, students need a working knowledge of language as well as grammatical structures, diction and usage punctuation, spelling, layout, and presentation.
The ELT programme at our school has successfully been integrated with Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) lessons starting from Grade 1 up to Grade 5. Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is a programme which helps our students to improve four skills and grammar in English. It is flexible, effective and easy to use. The programme covers all essential areas of foreign language acquisition (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation). It introduces and develops the English language according to a spiral, concept-based syllabus where meaning, grammar and communicative purposes are woven together. It presents language in context
that can and should be linked and even extended into the lives and experiences of the learners. The programme helps students to achieve a higher rate.
Conference hall speaking and projects hours are strictly used in order to help students get used to speaking and performing in front of the audiences. Knowing that learning a language can only be possible by creating an English speaking environment, all faculty has contributed great effort to achieve this.
Our students will choose German as a second language starting from Grade 4. Improving basic skills which are based on all four skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) helps students to achieve A1 Level in High School. High School students will be able to achieve A2 Level.
Our students will study Spanish as an optional language in case of improving communication skills and being a part of a changing global world.
Learning the foreign language improves students’ ability of solving the problems and critical thinking.
During this period of time students learn how to be tolerant and respectful to the other cultures, travel around the world, follow newspapers, magazines and visual media or watch films and listen to music in origin. Our goal is to enable students to express themselves and wide vocabulary by using their mother tongue or the foreign language.
The mission of Foreign Languages Department is to use various resources, including the learners’ creative potential to enable students to confidently communicate in more than one foreign language as a learning tool, as they grow into citizens of a changing world in our school.
Our students will attend different international education programmes in order to take Cambridge University YLE-KET-PET-FCE Exams. IB Diploma is equal to TOEFL Exam.
TURKISH AND SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
-To lead students to use the Turkish language confidence and care, through the stages of Turkish language development:
-Arousing interest in language.
-Enriching students’ vocabulary through activities.
-Making students aware of the language's importance in society.
-Encouraging students to enjoy reading
-Developing students' abilities in listening, seeing, and thinking both in writing and orally in the most effective way.
-Enabling students to think creatively, analytically, scientifically and positively.
The main goal of Turkish Literature and Language lesson is to train a person who uses the language accurately and fluently, has reading and systematical thinking habit; is respectful to changes; knows the world culture. Different types of works reflecting different point of views are chosen and also language and essay writing exercises are planned around that frame. Spelling and punctuation issues are emphasized. Turkish Language and Literature programme is constructed according to the goals of the National Educational programme and the beneficial parts of IB programme. The development of mother tongue and literature, the ability of understanding and explaining are at the centre of the programme. Students in Grade 9 will pay attention to literary types, terms, concepts. On the other hand the students of the other levels will study the written works/essays in different periods of Turkish Literature (in chronological order). They also study different movements of World Literature and have oral and written presentation.
In literature lessons, not only pieces of texts but also integrated texts are included. Students study in details about different types and authors. For Turkish Literature, three written exams are done which are graded out of 100. Also in Turkish lessons, subjects about grammar and language are taught through texts and if necessary the issues covered in Turkish Literature lessons are used. By this way, literature, grammar and language are combined. For Turkish lesson, 2 written exams are done which are graded out of 100.
Pre-Islam and Islam Influenced Turkish Literature are taught by the presentation of the significant era of Turkish Literature. Students have the opportunity of comparing different cultures and point of views while analyzing these texts. In Turkish lessons, techniques such as presentation, discussion and explanation are used.
West Influenced Turkish Literature is taught through typical works written until Republic Era. These Works are analyzed through comparing the Turkish Literature with World Literature examples at the same era. In language studies, word groups, sentence, sentence analysis issues are included. In explanation studies, text analysis and essay writing tecniques are emphasized.
Republic Turkish Literature is presented by outstanding examples and comparisons between Turkish literature and modern world literature. Acquired knowledge about Literature, Language and Essay Writing in 9th, 10th and 11th grades is strengthened through practice.
It’s an elective lesson which is beneficial in terms of preperation for the university. Language subjects are taught through studying texts.
Language and Literatue
Improving the abilities of using Turkish language fluently and accurately is aimed. Improving the abilities of text resolving, text construction and using different types and explanation techniques is aimed. These studies are helpful for the students while preparing for the university exam.
International Baccalaureate Turkish A1 The Aim of the Diploma Programme
IB department arranges all the process about the students’ attending to IB programme. During A1 Turkish programme, it aims to reach the proficiency level.
IB programme aims to train students under the quality standarts accepted by the universities from all around the world. This program aims students to associate the theoretical knowledge acquired in the lessons with the real world and also to make contributions to the development of the analytic reflection, personal development and integration of the society. Morever, the programme aims to vaccinate the international principles and merits.
OUR PHILOSOPHY AND OUR GOALS
Our students possess these knowledge at the end of the secondary school :
Our aim is to train students who can comment on the world countries’ physical, geographical and ecomonical features and their interactions; has the ability to analyze the tools such as map and graphic; can figure out the effects of the developing and global world on our geography; is sensitive to the environment; is a supporter of Kemalism.
IB and SBS EXERCISES
SBS means School Based Subject and as a term, it is the shared name of history, geography and sociology lessons in IB programme. In these lessons, Turkish history, geography and sociology is taught interactively. It’s aimed students to possess an international point of view that is respectful to different cultures.This programme is improved by the teachers from different schools for history, geography, sociology and religion lessons in order to combine the necessities of the Turkish National Education and international point of view.
10th grades TM classes (Turkish-Maths); 6 hours a week: History (4 hours) and geography (2 hours)
11th grades TM classes (Turkish-Maths); 7 hours a week: Geography (4 hours) and sociology (3 hours)
The goal of this lesson is to train students who can associate different disciplines, learn, do research, observe and comment on them.
The exams of SBS and other social lessons are far away from rote learning; they are prepared in a way which enables students to read maps, comment on graphics and figures. We try to make students like the lessons and the lessons memorable.
THE GOALS OF HISTORY LESSON
We aim to train students who have the ability of thinking analytically and anotomically; is the supporter of Kemalism; can comment on current issues in the light of history and are bound to international human rights.
We know the importance of education in being a civilized society so that no matter which area our students focus on we give importance to their knowledge acquired in the field of social sciences.
In our global world, teenagers need to be informed about the ways of reaching the knowledge and solving problems, questioning, analyzing and reaching the results. Consequently, we make our students ready for the 21st century.
THE GOALS OF GEOGRAPHY LESSON
To introduce the conditions, opportunities and sources of the earth; that these opportunities and sources are limited; consequently to make them grasp that they shouldn’t waste them. To make them love the nature and gain the habit of protect it.
To emphasize that the nation’s commonwealth and happiness depend on the geographical environment and our country’s unworked natural sources with examples.
To introduce neighbour and far countries, to give information by comparing countries with each other.
To make them grasp that the nations need each other, have to collaborate each other and that the problems can be solved just by good intention and struggle.
While getting the students oriented with Turkey’s main agricultural, industrial products and commercial enterprises, and surveyed how Turkey has economic bonds with global economies’ actors, on the other side getting them Turkey’s role and importance in global economy. To promote Turkey’s underground and aboveground wealthiness which have positive effect on Turkey’s economic and social developments. To get the students interpreted varios maps, pictures, statictics, grafics and diagrams and tought how they use them, and to get them progressed their talents on how they plan, sketch and draw Turkey’s maps.
To get the students educated the importance of our national treasures and sources, how they protect and respect them, they see it a must for civilizations.
To get the students educated how they deal with our national problems, their sources and the way they can solve them.
Philosophy Groups' Lessons
The programme consists of Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology lessons. The aim is to enable students to think logically, freely, creatively and analytically; to provide them with a sound basis for learning.
The Features of Philosophy Lessons
Philosophy questions are generally of the paragraph kind. In this way, reading and comprehension related problems can be solved. You shouldn't go over choices without understanding the question. You need to underline new words. Before questions are solved you need to look into the roots of the verbs then go through paragraphs. To strengthen the oral expressions, criticize and think logically, it is important to solve the questions of philosophy.