SOAS University of London

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

Intensive Turkish Language (PG)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

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 basic Turkish grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Turkish vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Turkish structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Turkish on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Turkish on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Turkish and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of Turkish in language based scholarship and research (PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 8 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides a thorough grounding in all the major grammatical structures of the Turkish language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Turkish. The course covers phonetics and phonology, verbal morphology and noun classes, and basic tense-aspect-mood distinctions. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations.

This is an intensive course which normally entails 8 hours of teaching per week, with written and oral drills, compositions, and simple composition and translation tasks used to reinforce the grammar points.

The course provides students with a comprehensive (rather than basic) knowledge of the major structures of Turkish and practice of using Turkish in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Turkish speakers in Turkish and enables them to use (read and comprehend) original Turkish language sources (unedited newspaper articles and fiction excerpts) with the help of a dictionary.  This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Turkish language and the history, society and culture associated with Turkish.

Method of assessment

Two three-hour written examinations taken in May/June (30% each); a translation project to be completed over the academic year of a suitable length to be submitted on the first day of term 3 (20%); one 15 minute oral examination (20%).

Suggested reading

The course will be based on

  • Rona, Bengisu, 1998.  Turkish in three months. London: Hugo.
  • Underhill, Robert, 1984.  A Turkish grammar.  MIT.

and additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Additional Turkish References
Turkish Learning Resources

  • Emine, buraya Hitit vs bir kaç tane başlık bulabilir miyiz?
  • Yılmaz, H. and Söker, Z., 2008. Yabancı Dilim Türkçe 1-3.  Dilmer Yayınları. İstanbul: Dilmer.


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