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Elementary Turkish I

Module titleElementary Turkish I
Module codeARA1031
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Ferah Burgul (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

Turkish is a modern Turkic language spoken by some 80 million native speakers, largely in the Republic of Turkey, where it has official status. This is an elementary-level Turkish module that introduces you as a complete beginner to the fundamentals of the language, enabling you to communicate orally and to engage with text on a basic level. It provides you with the means and opportunity for you to take your reading, writing, oral and aural skills in Turkish to level A1 (breakthrough/beginner) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Through language, it will introduce you to aspects of Turkish cultures. You will use a textbook as well as a variety of learning materials chosen by your lecturers.

If you have prior knowledge of Turkish, your level will be assessed by the module convenor in order to establish whether this module is suitable for you—admission in such cases is not guaranteed.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module will enable you to achieve basic proficiency in the language. You will first be introduced to the Turkish alphabet and pronunciation, followed by the basics of grammar and syntax. Using a mixture of narrative-based and authentic content, both written and audio-visual, you will work on all language-related skills, including reading, listening, speaking, writing and cultural knowledge. You will be encouraged to practice learned material independently.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Extract a broad sense and some specified detail of texts at CEFRL level A1.
  • 2. Extract a sense and some specified detail of aural communications at CEFRL level A1.
  • 3. Write short and simple texts on selected topics at CEFRL level A1.
  • 4. Elicit, understand and communicate basic factual information and simple selected topics relevant to everyday situations, displaying reasonable levels of accuracy, at CEFRL level A1.
  • 5. Attempt straightforward translation exercises out of Turkish.
  • 6. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language and utilise it to aid in understanding and producing texts in Turkish.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Consolidate your own learning by using available learning aids, in a variety of media, and organise this process with guidance from course tutors.
  • 8. Understand the principles of learning a new language intensively, and organise learning time with guidance from course tutors.
  • 9. Use a reference grammar book and a bilingual dictionary to check the structural and lexical accuracy of your writing and expression in Turkish.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Working in groups at solving basic linguistic tasks.
  • 11. Deploy time management strategies through developing skills of self-study.
  • 12. Exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.
  • 13. Deploy strategies for coping with unpractised linguistic, social and cultural situations.
  • 14. Show an appreciation of the cultures of people who speak Turkish.

Syllabus plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, the syllabus will cover the following topics: 

  • Turkish alphabet and sounds, 
  • Introduction to Turkish grammar and syntax,
  • Introduction to vocabulary enabling students to talk about themselves, their families, what they do, and their immediate surroundings.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity44 hoursLectures
Guided Independent study 106 hoursGuided Independent Study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practical and written assignmentsWeekly practical and written assignments 1-14Verbal and/or written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous Assessment30• One written test 7 (90 minutes) • One listening test (30 minutes) • One oral test (7 minutes) 1-14Verbal and/or written feedback
Written examination (Final Week of Term)502 hours 1,3,5,6,11,13Verbal and/or written feedback
Oral examination (Final Week of Term)107 minutes 2,4,10,11Verbal feedback
Listening (Final Week of Term)1030 minutes2,6,11Verbal and/or written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination 2 hours (50%)1,3,5,6,11,13January assessment period
Oral examination 7 minutes (10%)2,4,10,11January assessment period
Listening 30 minutes (10%)2,6,11January assessment period
Continuous Assessment• One written test (90 minutes) • One listening test (30 minutes) • One oral test (7 minutes) 1-14January assessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Aslan, Ferhat (2016). Ä°stanbul Yabancılar Ä°çin Türkçe Ders Kitabı A1, Kültür Sanat Basımevi, Ä°stanbul.

Aslan, Ferhat (2016). Ä°stanbul Yabancılar Ä°çin Türkçe ÇalıÅ?ma Kitabı A1, Kültür Sanat Basımevi, Ä°stanbul.

Turkish Dictionary, Türk Dil Kurumu Press, Ankara.

Turkish Spelling Guide, Türk Dil Kurumu Press, Ankara.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Turkish Language Society (Türk Dil Kurumu) : 
Yunus Emre Institude (Yunus Emre Enstitüsü): 
Yunus Emre Turkish Teaching Portal: 

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Elementary, Turkish

Credit value15
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