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Turkish 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Turkish 1 Beginners.


Through a communicative approach, this course emphasizes lower-intermediate conversational skills without underestimating grammar. All four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are integrated into the course. New grammar topics include but are not limited to the future, the reported past, the aorist, the abilitative, the epistemic copula, the aorist, nominalizations, and converbs to express adverbial subordination. Reading activities are solely based on authentic texts to provide access to naturally-occurring language tailored for students’ needs and interests. Speaking and listening activities underlie real communicative events with information gaps. By the end of the course, students will have developed a pre-intermediate to intermediate proficiency level of Turkish grammar and vocabulary as well as pre-intermediate to intermediate communication skills (A2), and will have become ready to take the next level (B1).

Course objectives

Grammar: In this course, further Turkish morpho-syntax will be introduced. By the end of the course, students will have learned to accurately use the future, the reported past, the aorist as well as some combinations of these from the perspective of the past, present and future. In addition to these tense and aspect markers, some basic modals, nominalizations and converbs will also be introduced.
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.
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 course, 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 meaningful ways.
European Common Framework goals:
Listening: A1
Reading: A2
Spoken interaction: A2
Spoken production: A2
Writing: A2


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours
Attending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)
Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 208 hours

Assessment method


  • There is no re-sit test during the course.

  • Use of the target language to communicate with correct pronunciation, vocabulary items and grammar, In-class oral performance (Listening/ Dictation/speaking) 40 %

  • Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar. Written exam and quiz 60%

  • Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar. Writing assignments 10% 1 time


Assessment: Written exam and quiz: 60%
Assessment: In-class oral/listening performance: 40%

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following: the final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.


If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit.
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Yeni Hitit Yabancılar için Türkçe Ders Kitabı 1 (TÖMER Ankara Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2005), ISBN 9789754825374
A Student Grammar of Turkish (Cambridge University Press, 2012), ISBN 9789754825374


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


M.E. Yildirim


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.