SOAS University of London

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

Turkish 2

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2020/2021
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Turkish language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Turkish. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Turkish writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and translating a variety of Turkish texts dealing with different topics and drawn from different registers of the language.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Turkish and practice of using Turkish in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. Texts for study are selected from newspapers and magazines, scholarly articles and literary works (short stories and excerpts from novels).  The course prepares students to interact with Turkish speakers in Turkish and to use original Turkish language sources within the level covered in the course.  This provides students with a basis to use primary sources in Turkish to research various aspects of Turkish language, history and culture.

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 is taught over 22 weeks and consists of weekly 4-hour language classes.

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 oral exam (15 minutes) (30%)
  • One exam (3 hours) (70%)

Suggested reading

Core Reading

The course will be based on materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Turkish References: 

Rona, Bengisu, 1998.  Turkish in three months. London: Hugo.

Underhill, Robert, 1984.  A Turkish grammar.  MIT.

Lewis, Geoffrey, 1967.  Turkish Grammar.  Oxford.

Banguoğlu, Tahsin, 1979.  Ana hatlariyle Türk Grameri.  Ankara.

Ergin, Muharrem, 1962.  Türk Dili Bilgisi.

Swift, Lloyd B., 1963.  A reference grammar of Modern Turkish.   Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series 19.  Bloomington.

Göksel, Aslı & Celia Kerslake, 2005. Turkish.  A comprehensive grammar. London - New York.

Dilaçar, Agop, 1971. “Gramer: tanımı, adı, kapsamı, türleri, yönemi, eğitimdeki yeri ve tarihçesi.” Türk Dili Araştırmaları Yıllığı Belleten 1971: 83-145.

Additional Reading

Turkish Learning Resources:

Galin, Müge, 1989.  Turkish Sampler.  Writings for All readers.  Indiana Uniuversity Turkish Studies 7.  Bloomington.

Tietze, Andreas, 1973.  Advanced Turkish Reader:  Texts from the Social Sciences and Related Fields.  Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series 118.  Bloomington.

Linguistic Studies:

Aksu-Koç, Ayhan A., 1988.  The acquisition of aspect and modality.  The case of past reference in Turkish.  Cambridge.

Sebüktekin, Hikmet I., 1971.  Turkish-English contrastive analysis:  Turkish morphology and corresponding English structures.  The Hague: Mouton.




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