A New Endeavour Of Teaching Classics
 
Abstract
This study seeks to determine how students, aiming at becoming teachers of Turkish Language and Literature, define classics and their knowledge of classics; to shed light on the question of how classics, as the basis of language, literature and culture, can be adapted in line with the needs of present day for better public visibility. The purposeful sampling method was utilized in this study which was prepared based on the ‘’World Literature’’ course included in the junior year curriculum at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Science and Letters. A chronological order was followed for the course ‘’World Literature’’ which covered works from Old Greek Literature to Modern Western Literature, and an anthology was compiled from globally acclaimed works. This chronology aims at demonstrating the reflection of social and cultural life on literature by means of literary periods. At the end of each lecture, Turkish classics were construed through the comparison of a globally acclaimed work and its equivalents in Turkish literature. 50 students were directed open-ended questions in relation to their definition of classics, and in-class discussions, descriptive compositions were created based on the resulting data. Certain themes, shedding light on the restructuring of the teaching of classics, were determined by means of the general inductive approach. Consequently, the conclusion part covers the assessment of these themes.
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