As with all foreign language instruction, standardized language is used for teaching Turkish as a foreign language. However, it is inevitable for a student learning Turkish in the standardized form to encounter many regional dialects in everyday life. In fact, it has been observed that students find it challenging to communicate with the local people as they come across different variations of Turkish than what they learned at the language centers. In this study, the story of Kerem ile Aslı, narrated in the Kars dialect, was organized according to four fundamental language skills, and applications were designed to introduce the features of the Kars dialect. The qualitative research methods of interview and document analysis were employed in the study. The story was collected through interviews, and various activities focusing on reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills were implemented using excerpts from the story. It is believed that through these activities, the Kars dialect will be introduced to the students, and this approach can be adapted to other dialects as well.
Dialects of Turkish, Foreign language, Kars dialect, teaching Turkish, The story of âşık.