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Language Acquisition Turkish (beginner's level)


Admission requirements



The Turkish Language Course consist of two modules: grammar (Van Schaaik) and conversation (Yıldırım), which are to be given in a parallel fashion. The duration of the course is limited to one academic term (september-december).
Turkish has a structure quite different from that of for instance English, Russian, Persian, or Arabic. The words of Turkish are built up by smaller elements like beads on a string. Through a systematic treatment of the main characteristics of this fascinating language, combined with ample exercises, the student will learn how to read, understand, and speak in less than no time.

Course objectives

  • To develop a good understanding of the basic principle of Turkish grammar.

  • To develop skills in reading, understanding, and speaking.



Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • 4 hours per week grammar: 52 hours

  • 4 hours per week conversation: 52 hours

  • 8 hours per week homework and preparation: 104 hours

  • 2 × 36 hours exam preparation: 72 hours
    = 280 hours (10 ECTS)

Assessment method

Two exams for grammar; progress in conversational skills can be assessed at the end of the term.


The course material will be published on Blackboard.

Reading list



Registration through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte via:
Registration Contractonderwijs via:


Dhr. Dr. G.J. van Schaaik


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).