Building Turkish Cultural Competence Through Movies
Building Turkish Cultural
Competence through Movies
University of Florida
Center for European Studies
12th Annual NCOLCTL Conference, 2009
* Cultural Competence
* Use of Movies
* Scenes from movies
* Students’ comments
* My comments
people involved in language teaching
have again begun to understand the
intertwined relation between culture and
language (Pulverness 2003)
culture influences language teaching in
two ways: linguistic and pedagogical
What do movies provide?
Movies present language in a way that is
often more natural (authentic) than that
found in course-books, the fantastic
visual context aids understanding and
boosts listening, and students just simply
It was interesting to note that Turkish people pour some
water down after someone goes away for a long time.
Even though I dont understand why they do (pouring water
down), it is an aspect of Turkish culture.
I found out that they do it because they do believe that their
beloved relatives will go back very fast.
From the movie “ Babam ve Oglum”, I learned that you guys in
Turkey kiss your elders’ hands as you respect them.
In the film 'Babam ve Oğlum' I can see lifestyle contrasts between
Istanbul and Anatolia, where differences in accents, dress, and
familial relations were clearly visible.
It was a decent movie.
I think this is something cultural, to kiss your elders’ hands when
you see them. I wish it would be here , in the US, too.
Friends greet each other with a kiss on each cheek. Then they stop
they meet another man and they kiss each other in the face.
There is great respect for elders, and the elders often take care of
He (Metin Akpinar) didnt let her (Nilufer Acikalin) pay for the drink.
There was the part where they put the handkerchief on the side
view of mirror of the car as they were going to the airport to show
Galip was going to be with his beloved.
Movies are influential in building cultural
Learners are involved in cultural components of a
language through movies due to the fact that they
are exposed to lifestyles, people attitudes, and
Movies increased students’ interests in learning