SOAS University of London

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

Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (Postgraduate)

Module Code:
1 unit - 45 CATS (September 2011)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Turkish grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Turkish vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Turkish structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Turkish of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Turkish of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Turkish and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Turkish in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

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.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of their studies.

Method of assessment

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

Suggested reading

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

2) Additional 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.

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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