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Intermediate Turkish


Admission requirements

Pre-Intermediate Turkish.


“Intermediate Turkish” is designed as a continuation of “Pre-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 achieved a threshold level of Turkish proficiency in order to successfully 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 after fulfilling Beginners' Turkish II
Listening A2+
Reading B1
Spoken interaction B1
Spoken production A2+
Writing A2+


Timetable BA MOS

Mode of instruction

Seminar with mandatory attendance.
Class participation is extremely important in learning a language. It is even more important in learning a language for which the classroom context is the main source of input. You are therefore required to attend every session. The percentage of absence may affect your grade. In case you have to be absent in order to observe any religious holidays during the semester, you must let the instructor know within the first two weeks of class through email. Assignments or projects are expected to be submitted on time. Deadlines will be enforced strictly with exceptions like documentation from a hospital or athletic/academic excused absences. Mobile phones and electronic devices are allowed only if they are used for classroom purposes, such as when using a dictionary app.

Course Load

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hrs
Lectures (13 x 4) 52
Assessment 4
Class preparation 112
Homework assignments 112

Assessment method

Student performance in this course will be based on the following distribution:

Partial Assessment points Weighing
Quizzes 4 x 50 20%
Creative projects 2 x 100 20%
Homework assignments 10 x 20 20%
Midterm exam 150 15%
Final exam 250 25%
Total 1000 100%


At the end of each module, you will be given a quiz. Each quiz will take about 15 minutes and cover topics of grammar, vocabulary and communicative interaction from the relevant module.

Creative project

There will be a project at the end of each block. The first one will be a presentation on a topic related to the Turkish culture. The second one will be a poetry recitation event at the end of the semester.

Homework assignments

You will be given 10 homework assignments during the semester. These will be based on both previous material for review and on future material to prepare for the next module.

Midterm exam

The midterm exam will be at the end of the first block. It will be based on all the content and skills covered in Block 3. It will be in two parts, a written part which includes grammar, vocabulary, use, reading and listening, and an oral part which includes speaking and spoken interaction.

Final exam

The final exam will be in the same format as the midterm exam. It will include content and skills covered in both blocks with more emphasis on Block 4.

Important note: The resit exam is a make-up for your scores for the midterm and the final exam only.


Blackboard will be used for course information (syllabus and deadlines), course documents (homework assignments and review materials for each module), announcements, student grade center and for some occasional links to websites of Turkish language and culture.

Reading list

Students will be provided with a course package (a compilation of materials). In addition, a supplementary reference grammar A Student Grammar of Turkish (Nihan Ketrez, 2012, Cambridge University Press) is required.

We will also be using a number of extra materials to supplement this book. The extra materials include grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading activities based on authentic texts, writing activities, listening activities, guidelines for spoken interaction in the classrooom. You will be given hard-copies of these materials. Soft-copies will also be uploaded to Blackboard, under "course documents.”




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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).