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In materializing these objectives, it is given emphasis on preparing more flexible, optional orientation programs in secondary school period than those in basic education period. The pupil is given support to select an appropriate program for his further education through scientific approaches and personal communication. Efforts are continuously made to promote the pupil's skills such as self- control, searching, inquiry, communication, creativity and self-knowledge through the understanding of pupil-centered education and lifelong learning. Within this understanding, a common program providing support and orientation is offered to the pupils in secondary school period.

Pupils are trained through appropriate objectives and contents which conform to "The European Language Portfolio" and "The European Language Passport" in order to improve their foreign language skills. As from the 6th grade, the pupil chooses either German or French as a second language apart from English. The purpose of foreign Language learning is to enable the pupil to communicate with the people of different cultures.

In addition to these language programs, it is also planning to include Greek (Modern Greek), the language of neighboring society, in the programs as an optional subject as from the 6th grade after pilot implementation in some schools whenever possible.

The curricula and the book contents at secondary schools are common. The language of instruction other than foreign language is Turkish at the 6th grade. Pupils who reach a satisfactory level at the end of 6th grade will be able to take Mathematics, Science, History and Geography in English in upper grades.

Pupils choose "optional subjects" in line with their interests, inclinations and needs together with their form teacher, their parents and guidance counselor. Optional subjects aim to support and orient pupils toward High school programs. Pupils who wish to take GCE/IGCSE programs choose a content-based subject titled "Academic English" (Terminology) as an optional subject in addition to the compulsory English subject as from the 6th grade.

In parallel with the principle that every human being can be trained, educated and improved; and with the law of National Education, the pupil is given the opportunity to continue his education without isolated from his age group.

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