SOAS University of London

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

Intermediate Modern Turkish Language

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Full Year

A module in the use of Turkish. Finer points of grammar and idiom not covered in the module Intensive Turkish language are studied with the help of specially selected material and audio and video tapes. Emphasis is placed on complex sentence structures, both in reading and writing, and on strengthening communicative competence.


Successful completion of Intensive Turkish language (T1) or an equivalent competence is a prerequisite for all students.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of intermediate Turkish grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Turkish vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Turkish structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand and to produce passages written in Turkish of medium length on everyday and some specialized topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Turkish and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday and some specialized topics
  • the ability to translate from and to Turkish of medium length with use of appropriate language on everyday and some specialized topics


The module normally entails one two-hour (reading and grammar) and one one-hour (conversation) class every week, plus additional video screening sessions. Students are expected to prepare a written translation for all assigned readings.

Scope and syllabus

Reading: The finer points of grammar and idiomatic usage are studied through close reading of a variety of texts. Texts will be selected from newspapers and magazines, literary works and scholarly articles. The choice of topics will partly depend on the interests of the students, but an effort shall be made to cover as many different fields as possible (culture, current social issues, economics etc.). 

Writing: This skill is reinforced through the regular writing of compositions and translations. 

Oral-Aural: Conversational skills are developed with the help of interactive role play and audio-visual materials. Basic interpreting skills are also practiced. Videos from Turkish television will be used to enhance listening comprehension of both formal and colloquial Turkish.

Method of assessment

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

Suggested reading

Basic bibliography:
  • Banguo©lu, Tahsin, 1979. Ana hatlariyle Türk Grameri. Ergin, Muharrem, 1962. Türk Dili Bilgisi. 
  • Lewis, Geoffrey, 1967. Turkish Grammar. Oxford. 
  • Galin, Müge, 1989. Turkish Sampler. Writings for All readers. Indiana University Turkish Studies 7. Bloomington.
  • Sebüktekin, Hikmet I., 1971. Turkish-English Contrastive Analysis: Turkish Morphology and Corresponding English Structures. The Hague: Mouton.
  • Swift, Lloyd B., 1963. A Reference Grammar of Modern Turkish. Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series 19. Bloomington.
  • Tietze, Andreas, 1973. Advanced Turkish Reader: Texts from the Social Sciences and Related Fields. Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series 118. Bloomington.


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