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Pre-Intermediate Turkish


Admission requirements

Beginners' Turkish 2 or equivalent.
This course goes in parallel with Turkish through Media, both courses must be taken simultaneously.


Pre-Intermediate Turkish is designed for students who are interested in improving their basic Turkish skills and have A1 level previous knowledge of Turkish grammar and vocabulary. Through an integrated and communicative approach, it emphasizes the fundamentals of grammar without underestimating the basic oral communication skills and micro-sociolinguistic rules of conversation in Turkish.

Course objectives

Reading activities provide early access to naturally-occurring language tailored for students’ needs and interests. By the end of the semester, students will have developed a pre-intermediate to intermediate proficiency level of Turkish grammar and vocabulary as well as pre-intermediate communication skills (A2), and will have become ready to take the next level (B1).

  • Grammar: By the end of the course, students will have learned to accurately use compound tenses, nominalizations, adverbial clauses, nominalizations, gerunds and converbs, reflexive and reciprocal, subordination, conditionals and relative clauses.

  • Vocabulary and use: Students will continue building on their existing vocabulary through communicative activities as well as texts. New vocabulary will include words related with family, careers, hobbies, history, story-telling, world cultures, geography, the media, health and travel.

  • Reading: Students will become able to find specific information in everyday texts, understand short and simple letters, follow directions and understand the course of events in narrative style.

  • Writing: By the end of the course, students will be able to write short descriptions of events and states, and personal letters and emails.

  • Spoken interaction: We will emphasize spoken interaction since language is primarily for interacting with people. By the end of the course, students will be able to interact with other speakers of Turkish for simple and routine tasks.

  • Listening: By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize high-frequency words and phrases, understand the main point in spoken form that is short and clear and of immediate relevance.

  • Speaking: By the end of the second block, students will have a pre-intermediate level of spoken production, and will become able to talk about events with reference to past, present and future, narrate events and stories in more precise and meaningful ways.

European Common Framework goals after fulfilling Pre-Intermediate Turkish and Turkish through Media
Listening A2
Reading A2
Spoken interaction A2
Spoken production A2
Writing A2


Timetable BA MOS

Mode of instruction

Seminar with mandatory attendance.
Class participation is extremely important in learning a language. It is even more important in learning a language for which the classroom context is the main source of input. You are therefore required to attend every session. The percentage of absence may affect your grade. In case you have to be absent in order to observe any religious holidays during the semester, you must let the instructor know within the first two weeks of class through email. Assignments or projects are expected to be submitted on time. Deadlines will be enforced strictly with exceptions like documentation from a hospital or athletic/academic excused absences. Mobile phones and electronic devices are allowed only if they are used for classroom purposes, such as when using a dictionary app.

Course Load

10 EC x 28 hrs = 280 hrs
Lectures 56
Assessment 4
Self-study 100
Homework assignments 120

Assessment and weighing

Student performance in this course will be based on the following distribution:

Partial Assessment Points Weighing
Quizzes 4 × 3 12%
Homework assignments 12 × 3 36%
Midterm exam 22 22%
Final exam 30 30%
Total 100 100%


The resit exam is a make up for your scores for the midterm and the final exam only.


Blackboard will be used for course information (syllabus and deadlines), course documents (homework assignments and review materials for each module), announcements, student grade center and for some occasional links to websites of Turkish language and culture.

Reading list

There are two required course books for both blocks:

  • Turkish Tutor – Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Emine Çakır & Berna Akça, 2018, John Murrey Press Learning)

  • A Student Grammar of Turkish (Nihan Ketrez, 2012, Cambridge University Press)

We will also be using a number of extra materials to supplement this book. The extra materials include grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading activities based on authentic texts, writing activities, listening activities, guidelines for spoken interaction in the classrooom.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


B. Erdem-Boonstra MA


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 accommodations 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).