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Turkish Beginners Course

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1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

Course aim

This course aims to provide you with enough knowledge and confidence to be able to hold a basic conversation and to manipulate the language when finding themselves in situations where Turkish is used.  The course will aim to provide you with the skills to be able to read and understand basic texts as well as write your own ones. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.


The course is taught in Turkish and English. It includes coverage of listening, speaking, reading and writing with guided practice in language usage and use of authentic communicative activities in pairs and small groups. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online course requirements

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Course materials are provided by your teacher.

Entry requirements and progression route

For the first stage of Turkish Beginners (i.e. Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Turkish Beginners 1 is to Turkish Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3. Upon successful completion of Turkish Beginners 3 you will be able to progress to the Elementary level course in Turkish.

Please note, that each term, courses are subject to quorum requirements.

Turkish Beginners 2 is scheduled for our term commencing 16 January 2023.

For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Turkish Beginners 1

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • use greetings
  • introduce yourself
  • ask and give personal information (name, age, nationality, phone number)
  • talking about jobs and professions
  • use numbers 0-1000 (e.g. prices)
  • buy items at a market, souvenir shop and corner shop.
  • ask and tell the time
  • order food and drink in a restaurant/cafe
  • describe a place

Turkish Beginners 2

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • talk about likes and dislikes
  • describe daily routines and habits
  • narrate things happening at present
  • talk about things that will happen in the near future
  • express what you want
  • give reasons and contrast information
  • talk about your family and friends

Turkish Beginners 3

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • talk about and describe possessions
  • understand signs, announcements and noticeboards
  • give commands
  • make polite requests
  • talk about the past

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

See more information on the Turkish language on the Language Centre Turkish homepage

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