SOAS University of London

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

Intensive Turkish Language

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The module covers all the major grammatical structures of Turkish. The aim is to provide a thorough grounding in grammar with constant practice in the spoken and written language. Students should reach a standard that will enable them to read newspaper articles, short stories and novels (all unedited) with the help of a dictionary.


Registration for BAs in Turkish (single honours) and Turkish and another subject (combined honours)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The module aims to develop a solid elementary level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Turkish. Besides the four skills mentioned above, acquiring translation skills, both to and from Turkish/English, and some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the module requirements. At the end of the module, students should be able to handle basic materials in Turkish and produce fundamental Turkish.


The module normally entails eight hours of teaching per week consisting of two-hour sessions on four days. Oral and written drills, compositions, simple conversations and translation tasks are used to reinforce the grammar covered. Specially prepared hand-outs and material extracted from different sources (e.g. newspapers, short stories, poems etc) are distributed regularly in class.

Scope and syllabus


Reading skills are developed through analysing sentences and short passages which become progressively more complex.


Writing skills are acquired through working on the assignments prepared outside class hours. These are then discussed in class to reinforce the structures learnt. 


Oral practice will proceed from exchange of greetings to common everyday exchanges, especially of the type foreign students are likely to encounter in Turkey. The approach is interactive and involves pair-work and role playing. 


Specially prepared audio tapes are supplemented by video tapes from Turkish television in the latter part of the module to expose students to different types of speech.

Method of assessment

Two written examinations (80% of the final mark), one oral (20%), all in May-June.

Suggested reading

Course books
  • Rona, Bengisu, 1989. Turkish in Three Months. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Hugo.
  • Underhill, Robert, 1976. Turkish Grammar. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 
  • Türkcçe Ö©reniyoruz. TÖMER, Ankara.
Reference works and dictionaries 
  • Alderson, A. D. & H. C. Hony, 1978. The Oxford English-Turkish Dictionary. Second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.   
  • Lewis, Geoffrey, 1967. Turkish Grammar. Oxford. Redhouse 
  • Yeni Türkçe-ıngilizce Sözlük. 4th edition. Istanbul: Redhouse
  • Yay∫nevi, 1981. Langenscheid, Turkish-English Dictionary.


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