SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Advanced Modern Turkish Language

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
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Taught in:
Full Year

A course in speaking, essay-writing and translating into and from Turkish for students who have completed Intermediate Modern Turkish language (T2) or who have reached a similar standard of competence in the language. 


Successful completion of Intermediate Modern Turkish language (T2) or the equivalent standard of Turkish is required.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • communicate fluently and appropriately in Turkish;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers, etc of Turkish.

Also as a generic skills, the student should be able to:

  • communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing;
  • gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources;
  • be an effective and self-aware independent learner.


The course entails three hours of class work per week. Students are expected to complete regular assignments to improve skills in reading, writing, translation and conversation.

Scope and syllabus

Reading: Material written in a variety of styles is studied through reading selected texts. The development of the language is studied extensively through representative samples. 

Writing: This skill is developed through writing essays on abstract and complex topics. Emphasis is placed on precise use of syntax and idiomatic expressions. 

Oral-Aural: More advanced communicative and descriptive skills are developed. Students are expected to put forward persuasive and clear arguments in Turkish in class discussions. 

Method of assessment

One written paper (80% of the final mark), one oral examination (20%), both in May-June.

Suggested reading

  • Anday, M. C., 1975. Dilimiz Ãœstüne Konusçmalar. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu. 
  • Aksoy, Ö. A., 1982. Dil Gercçe©i. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu. 
  • Dil Yaz∫lar∫, 1974. 2 vols. Ankara: Türk Dili Kurumu. 
  • Timurtasç, F. K., 1977. Türkcçemiz ve Uydurmac∫l∫k. Istanbul: Bo©azicçi Yay∫nlar∫.


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