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Text 1 Pre-Intermediate

Turkey is a big country with a population of about 75 million. The capital of Turkey is Ankara however the biggest and most important city is Istanbul. Istanbul lies on the Bosphorus and it is one of the world’s most interesting cities.

A long time ago the Seljuks came to Anatolia. Next the Mongols arrived in 1243. After this there were beyliks for two hundred years. Eventually the Ottoman Empire was formed and the sultans ruled for hundreds of years. The Ottoman Empire ended after World War I and other European countries took control. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and other people fought against these people and they won. Turkey became a republic and Atatürk was the first president.

Questions

Which two cities are mentioned in the text?

What happened to the Ottoman Empire after World War I?

How would you describe Atatürk to a foreigner?

If you found this text challenging, you’re ready to enrol in Pre-Intermediate lessons!

If you understood the text and didn’t find it difficult to answer the questions, go to the next text.

Text 2 Intermediate

Turkey is a country in both Asia and Europe. Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Iran and Iraq are some of Turkey’s neighbors. In the south you will find the Mediterranean Sea. In the west of Turkey is Aegean Sea and the Black Sea is in the north.

Seljuk Turks came to Anatolia a long time ago. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongols arrived in 1243. After this there were ‘beyliks’ for two hundred years. At the end of the 13th century, the Ottoman ‘beylik’s created the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire finished after World War I and other European countries took control. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and other people fought against these people and they won. Turkey became a republic and Atatürk was the first president.

Turkey is a democracy and it has a very interesting and rich history. Turkey has important cultural, political and economic relations with other regions and countries. Turkey is a member of many international organizations.

Questions

Which bodies of water surround Turkey?

When was the Ottoman Empire created?

What type of government does Turkey have?

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Text 3 Upper-Intermediate

Turkey is located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria; Greece; Georgia; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan, Iraq and Syria. The Mediterranean Sea is in the south; the Aegean Sea is in the west; and the Black Sea is in the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles form the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia.

Seljuk Turks moved to the area now called Turkey in the 11th century. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongols arrived in 1243. After this the country was ruled by several Turkish beyliks. At the end of the 13th century, the Ottoman beyliks came together and created the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I and the victorious Allies occupied parts of it. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues organized a successful resistance to the Allies. In 1923 they established the modern Republic of Turkey and Atatürk became the first president.

Turkey's location makes it a country of significant importance. In addition to its location, Turkey's growing economy and diplomatic initiatives are helping it become a regional power.

Questions

Describe where Turkey is situated in relation to the regions mentioned.

What is the name given to the group of countries that was victorious in World War I?

With which regions and countries does Turkey maintain strong ties?

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