The Trip of our TOMER Students among Purple Trees


Our foreign students receiving Turkish education at IMU Turkish Teaching Research Center (IMU TOMER) took a trip to Emirgan Grove and the bays of the Bosphorus on May 2, 2019 guided by Instr. Resul Altuntaş and Instr. Habibe Demir. The trip started with a visit to Emirgan Grove, which lent its name to a period in Ottoman history and was once home to the Tulip Festival as a symbol for a significant cultural and social change. Just before starting a new level in their extensive learning process, the students relaxed by touring around the bays of the Bosphorus adorned with purple cercis trees. Throughout the trip, they both witnessed our tangible cultural heritage and established close bonds with local community, particularly with the youth and children thanks to their advanced Turkish language skills. This spontaneous bonding and fun environment was important both for revealing how far our students have come in their Turkish learning and providing them with a chance for cultural communication in a warm atmosphere.

Lunch at İstinye Social Facilities as the guests of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality was followed by a tour around the districts of İstinye, Yeniköy, Tarabya, Rumeli Hisarı, Bebek, Arnavutköy, Ortaköy and Beşiktaş. The students were provided with historical and touristic information about our invaluable historical heritage in these districts.