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Turkish through Media


Admission requirements

Beginners' Turkish or equivalent.


This course is designed to complement Pre-Intermediate Turkish with beginning to low-intermediate knowledge of Turkish grammar, vocabulary, spoken interaction and pragmatics through the use of audio-visual aids selected from Turkish conventional media and 'new' media. The language instruction adopted in this course is content-based approach supported with listening and speaking skills. Students will have a better understanding of the lexical, structural, pragmatic aspects of language and cultural constructs through familiarizing themselves with contemporary issues in Turkish art and literature, women's issues and the LGBT+ community in Turkey, television and pop-culture, economy, and life in Istanbul.

Course objectives

The main goal of this course is to provide exposure and practice on various aspects of Turkish society and culture in conjunction with forms and vocabulary learned in Beginners' Turkish I & II as well as Pre-Intermediate Turkish, and to put them in better social and cultural perspective.

By the end of the course, the students will have:

  • expanded their Turkish vocabulary being exposed to both frequent, every day vocabulary and, to some extent, less frequent, academic vocabulary and use;

  • become exposed to advanced grammar and build on strategies to guess meaning from structural context and discourse in videos;

  • improved Turkish speaking skills (presentation as well as spontaneous);

  • had better listening skills due to exposure to a number of styles and idiolects/dialects.

  • become familiarized with several persons, places and themes in modern Turkish history and culture.

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


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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.

Assessment method

Partial Assessment Points Weighing
Presentations 5 x 10 50%
Homework Assignments 5 x 10 50%
Total 100%


To be announced.

Reading list

Students will be provided with handouts for assignments and class activities through Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.


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).