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Turkish 3 (Upper-)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 passes Turkish 1 Beginners and Turkish 2 Pre-intermediate.


“(Upper)-intermediate Turkish” is designed as a continuation of “Intermediate Turkish” but puts relatively more emphasis on spoken production and interaction, and prepares students to situations likely to arise during their stay in Turkey. By the end of the course, students will have learned to participate in short conversations in daily and professional settings, and express facts, opinions, requests and wishes. In order to be able to do so, the necessary grammar, vocabulary and interaction strategies are introduced in this course. By the end of the semester, students will have a better understanding of Turkish language and culture needed to successfully interact with the native speakers in Turkey and elsewhere.

Course objectives

Grammar: To supplement the previous level’s grammar for a more complete understanding of the structure of Turkish, forms of voice (the incoative, the reciprocal, the causative and the passive), additional forms of modality (necessity, obligation, wishes, desires), conditionals as well as further complex tenses will be introduced.

Vocabulary and use: Vocabulary needed to talk about issues related to job search and applications, education, sports, creative arts and technology will be introduced through communicative tasks and authentic materials.

Reading: Students will develop an intermediate level of reading proficiency, and will understand main ideas, supporting ideas and reference in authentic texts.

Writing: By the end of the course, students will have become able to write about their reflections on everyday matters, narrate anecdotes and personal experiences, and compose a short formal letter.

Listening: Students will be able to understand the main ideas in a conversation, follow routine conversations, and recognize key words.
Speaking: Students will become able to produce sentences referring to facts, events, opinions and desires accurately in terms of sentence structure and prosody.

Spoken interaction: Students will not only expand their interaction skills regarding everyday, routine conversations, but also learn new ways to interact with native speakers when they need to express their opinions and wishes.
European Common Framework goals:
Listening: A2/B1
Reading: A2/B1
Spoken interaction: A2/B1
Spoken production: A2/B1
Writing: A2/B1


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Two 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 for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: 48 hrs (4 hours per week x 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 92 hrs

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: 50% Twice/semester Use of course contents, including vocabulary items, grammar, Written exam and quiz 40% Use of the target language to write with suitable vocabulary items and grammar Writing assignments 10%


  • Written exam and quiz: 40%

  • In-class oral/listening performance: 50%

  • Writing assignments 10%

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 2 (TÖMER Ankara Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2005), ISBN 9789754827910
Selected short stories from Turkish literature to be provided by the instructor


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.