Erika Gilson, chair of Turkish board

Dr Erika H. Gilson received her Ph.D. in Turkology from the University of Pennsylvania, 1981. She is the executive secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Turkish, Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University. Her research interests include language acquisition, instructional technology, language learning, SLA, and writing as an enabling activity. She has regularly received grants for AATT to improve Turkish language learning, such as the two-year project to develop with ACTFL guidance Proficiency Guidelines for Turkish, and the two-year project to develop its foundational "Turkish Language Learning Framework." She has also received grants to run the fellowship program for advanced language learning in Turkey. Under the National Critical Languages Initiative, she is developing intensive summer programs in Turkey to increase the capacity for in-country language study at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Some representative publications:

  • "Turkish and AATT Today and Twenty Years Ago: The Building of a Language Field," AATT Bulletin 20th Anniversary Special Issue (Portland State University: 2006).
  • "Language Instruction and Turkish Studies," Turkish Studies in the United States, Quatert, Donald and Sabri Sayari, eds. Bloomington, (Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Publications: 2003).
  • Intermediate Turkish II: Manual for Individualized Study, Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications 80 and 80A, (1994).
  • The Turkish Grammar of Thomas Vaughan: Ottoman Turkish at the End of the XVIIth Century According to an English Transkriptionstext, Near and Middle East Monographs, N.S. II (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1987).
  • "Introduction to New Writing Systems: the Turkish Case," Languages in the International Perspective, ed. Nancy Schweda Nicholson, (Norwood, NJ: Ablex 1986).
  • "Writing Systems Using the Arabic Alphabet: a Preliminary Look at Two Current Turkic Applications," Turks, Hungarians, and Kipchaks: A Festschrift in Honor of Tibor Halasi-Kun, ed. P. Oberling, Harvard University Journal of Turkish Studies, 8 (1985).