Turkish 3 (PG)

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Module overview

The module provides teaching and learning of upper intermediate (Independent user CEFR B2) and advanced (proficient user CEFR C1) level Turkish language. It covers a wide variety of newspaper, academic and literary texts covering a wide variety of topics.  Teaching covers reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as linguistic analysis of texts.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced Turkish grammar
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of Turkish  vocabulary
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of Turkish texts
  • demonstrate ability to produce written Turkish at advanced level
  • demonstrate ability to communicate in Turkish at advanced level


This module will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

Reading: Material written in a variety of styles is studied through reading selected texts. The development of the language is studied extensively through representative samples.

Writing: This skill is developed through writing essays on abstract and complex topics. Emphasis is placed on precise use of syntax and idiomatic expressions.

Oral-Aural: More advanced communicative and descriptive skills are developed. Students are expected to put forward persuasive and clear arguments in Turkish in class discussions.

Method of assessment

  • An oral exam in May-June (20%)
  • One unseen written exam paper in May-June (80%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

Suggested reading

Aksu-Koç, Ayhan, and Eser Erguvanlı-Taylan. 1986. Proceedings of the National Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Boğaziçi University Publications, Istanbul.

Boeschoten, Hendrik E. and Ludo Th. Verhoeven. 1987. Studies on modern Turkish: Proceedings of the third conference on Turkish linguistics. Tilburg University Press, Tilburg.

Boeschoten, Hendrik E. and Ludo Th. Verhoeven. 1991. Turkish Linguistics Today. E.J. Brill,

Erguvanlı Taylan, Eser. 2001. The verb in Turkish. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.

Göksel, Aslı and Celia Kerslake. 2000. Studies in Turkish and Turkic languages: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Harrasowitz, Wiesbaden.

Hankamer, Jorge and Laura Knecht. 1976. “The role of the subject/nonsubject distinction in determining the choice of relative clause participle in Turkish.” NELS 6, 123-135.

Kornfilt, Jaklin. 2000. “Some syntactic and morphological properties of relative clauses in Turkish.” In: The Syntax of Relative Clauses, Artemis Alexiadou et al, eds., Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 121-159.

Rona, Bengisu. 1996. Current issues in Turkish linguistics. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Turkish linguistics. Hitit Yayınevi, Ankara.

Schroeder, C. 1999. Turkish nominal phrases in spoken discourse. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

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

Slobin, Dan I. and Karl Zimmer. 1986. Studies in Turkish linguistics. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.


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