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Turkish through Media


Admission requirements

Beginners' Turkish 2.
This course goes in parallel with Pre-Intermediate Turkish, both courses must be taken simultaneously.


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 broadcast media, print media and social media. The general approach to language instruction adopted in this course is content-based teaching.

Course objectives

The main goal of this course is to practice language forms and structures learned in first and second semester Turkish and to put them in better social and cultural perspective through analysing the lexical, structural, pragmatic and cultural content of the audio-visual materials. By the end of the course, students will have mastered basic rules of grammar and conversation covered in Beginners' Turkish I, II and Pre-Intermediate Turkish, and have familiarized themselves with contemporary issues in Turkish art and literature, women's issues and the LGBTQ community in Turkey, television and pop-culture, and life in Istanbul.


Timetable BA MOS

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.

Course Load

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140hrs
Lectures (13 x 2) 26
Preparation (12 x 3) 36
Assignment(s) 74
Exam(s) 4

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Points Weighing
Class participation 100 10%
Presentations 4 x 100 40%
Homework assignments 4 x 50 20%
Final project presentation: 150 points; essay: 150 points 30%


Attending classes, participating in discussions


Each student will make a short presentation for each theme (art and literature, women's issues and the LGBTQ community, television and pop-culture, life in Istanbul) about a audio and/or visual material from Turkish culture. The material can be a photo, ad, brochure, sound recording, tv commercial, clip from a movie, tv series, cartoon, documentary.

Homework assignments

At the end of each theme, there is a homework assignment related to the content of the themes, such as in the form of a film review.

Final project

There will be a final project which will consist of a written and oral presentation part. For this project, you will be asked to do a research on a topic and supplement it with audio-visual materials, interviews, or observations at a cultural event or visit to a Turkish household. You will first present your findings in class and then submit an essay describing your observations and findings.

Resits are allowed only for the final project, and thus, can affect only the 30% of the final grade. (The presentation part has to be in the form of a video recording of your slides, videos and presentation.)

Reading list

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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.


Dr. D. Tat


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).