BA Middle Eastern Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
LEAP Turkish 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code ULTU51010
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course is for absolute beginners. It is designed for those who wish to attain a basic understanding of the Turkish language covering four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It aims to introduce students to the Turkish alphabet, the basics of language structure and the basics of Turkish grammar. Students will also acquire limited vocabulary to be able to read simple texts and conduct basic conversation in key areas of everyday communication. The course provides students with a solid foundation for further language learning.



Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Turkish before.

Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.



Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Turkish;
  • understand and read some familiar and daily expressions used in common everyday situations and write very simple messages;
  • communicate orally at a basic level in a limited number of common everyday situations;
  • have some understanding and knowledge of ways of Turkish life and culture.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.


Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Employability skills

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and employability. It will help prepare you for travelling to and working in Turkey.

Assessment methods

Four pieces of assessed work as follows: 

  • Semester 1: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester 2: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

Feedback methods



Recommended reading

Set text

Teach Yourself Turkish, Asuman Pollard, ISBN: 0844237159.

Recommended texts

Students are encouraged to use the Language Centre resources for material for beginners in Turkish.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 69
Independent study hours
Independent study 140

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Orieb Masadeh-Tate Unit coordinator

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