Language Learning at Small Projects Istanbul (SPI)
Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) has introduced Turkish courses into their curriculum. The course has been a critical support to students as they prepare for and enter the traditional Turkish classroom, setting them up for academic success against the odds. The classes also aid in social integration as students gain confidence to engage with Turkish peers and classmates. When the language barrier is overcome, the differences between the community and the local population start to fade, affording families and individuals with the opportunity to thrive in mainstream schools, workplaces, and greater society. In anticipation of this next stage for some families, SPI provides German Class to help them get ahead while they still reside in Istanbul. As an international language, English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are critical for students intending to further their educations or succeed in the business world. English is a tool our students will take with them and use no matter where they ultimately call home. Arabic classes are held at the center on weekends and are important for ensuring native language literacy in reading and writing as well as a way to maintain language and culture despite having been uprooted from home. This course offering allows students to connect and hold close the customs of home, while also garnering valuable language skills that will prepare them for their future.