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Upper Intermediate Turkish


Admission requirements

  • This course is only open to students in the Turkish track who – upon written request – were granted access by the Board of Examiners to the Shadow Programme.

  • 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


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

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
Quizzes 2 x 5 10%
Presentation / Projects 2 x 10 20%
Assignments 3 x 10 30%
Midterm exam 15 15%
Final exam 25 25%
Total 100 100%


The resit is a make-up for your scores for the final exam only. (not midterm and final)

Exam review

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

Reading list

Required coursebook:
Turkish Reader – Political and Cultural Articles (Şenel Symons, 2012, Routledge)
Extra materials will be provided by the instructor.


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