SOAS University of London

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

Turkish 1 A (PG)

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Term 1


This is a basic introductory language acquisition module for absolute beginners in the written language; students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script. The module covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing and comprehension. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts.

Students taking this as an open option are strongly encouraged to also take Turkish 1 B in term 2.



Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of basic grammar
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of essential vocabulary
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic structures and expressions in a given context
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand sentences and short passages in written language on certain everyday topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce sentences in written language on certain everyday topics


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Method of assessment

  • One midterm test taken in term 1 (30%)
  • One end of term test taken in term 1 (70%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

Suggested reading

Rona, Bengisu, 1989. Turkish in Three Months. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Hugo.

Rona, Bengisu, 1989. Get by in Turkish. BBC Publications.

Thomas, Lewis V., 1967. Elementary Turkish. Revised and edited by Norman Itzkowitz. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Reading material in the form of selections from modern fiction and current journalism is also provided.


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