Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Ahmet Okal, PhD, has been teaching Turkish at the University of Arizona since 2005. He taught German and Italian at Texas Tech University before coming to Arizona. He teaches all levels of Turkish language classes as well as a second-year Turkish language and culture class designed to give students cultural competence before going to study abroad programs in Turkey. His dissertation focused on second-year classes and a program called Turkish Global Simulation. TGS prepares students for life in Istanbul by simulating a digital living environment in an apartment building in Istanbul. TGS class takes place in a language lab and all the class material pertaining to various aspects of life in Turkey and particularly in Istanbul are accessible on and off campus. He has coordinated study abroad programs to Turkey.