nl en

Upper Intermediate Turkish


Admission requirements

Intermediate Turkish or equivalent.


Upper-Intermediate Turkish” is designed as a continuation of “Intermediate Turkish” but puts more emphasis on academic and literary reading skills and vocabulary development. This course is appropriate for students who have a threshold level of Turkish. It is also recommended to heritage speakers of Turkish interested in improving their academic skills in Turkish. By the end of the course, students will achieve a B2 level of Turkish proficiency.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in Turkey as well as short stories from contemporary Turkish literary prose. Complex sentences such as subordination of verbal and nominal predicates and relative clauses will be mastered through reading such texts. By the end of the course, students will also be able to write texts that describe a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest, understand extended speech on familiar topics, analyze and translate Turkish texts to English, and engage in written and spoken communication with native speakers in a variety of complex issues.

European Common Framework goals after fulfilling Beginners' Turkish II
Listening B1
Reading B2
Spoken interaction B2
Spoken production B1
Writing B1


Timetable BA MOS

Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

10 EC x 28 hrs = 280 hrs
Lectures 52
Assessment 4
Self-study 100
Homework assignments 120

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Points Weighing
Quizzes 4 x 5 20%
Homework assignments 3 x 10 30%
Midterm exam 20 20%
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.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


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

  • Türkçe Okuyalım Yazalım - Yabancılar İçin Türkçe (Aslı Altan, Elif Aka, 2017, Papatya Bilim)

  • Turkish Reader – Political and Cultural Articles (Şenel Symons, 2012, Routledge)

We will also be using a number of extra materials provided by the instructor.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website


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).