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Academic Turkish


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Middle Eastern Studies or to the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research). Proficient reading skills in modern Turkish (level B2 European Common Framework, i.e. having had approximately 80 EC = 2240 hs of language training courses). Students who are interested in taking this course, but who are not admitted to one of the mentioned master programs and/or are not sure whether they meet the language requirement are requested to contact the convener M.E. Yıldırım.


This course focuses on reading, presenting and writing of academic texts in Turkish. Discussions and presentations will be based on articles from various areas of social sciences and humanities as well as journalistic pieces. The course gives student the opportunity to write short critical reviews of the weekly reading assignments. It is expected from students to write a term paper in Turkish on a subject of their own interest.

Course objectives

The course aims to improve reading and writing skills of academic texts and to enlarge vocabulary. The goal is to gain proficiency in reading, picking out the main ideas and arguments of a text as well as presenting them in oral or written form.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end paper and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

The course load is 10 ECTS equal to 280 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending the seminar: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hours

  • Hours spent on reading: 140 hours

  • Short review essays: 40 hours

  • Preparing presentations: 20 hours

  • Final paper: 54 hours

Assessment method

The final mark of this course will be composed of the following elements:

  • Active participation in group discussions and presentations (50%)

  • 5000-word essay (term paper) (50%). A printed draft version is to be presented and discussed during the course (=second presentation); the feedback given by the instructor and fellow students must be integrated into the final version.

The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.



Reading list

Will be made available to the students at the beginning of the course


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.


Dhr. M.E. Yıldırım.


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).