Turkish Beginner I

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5026
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
19 Sep 2016 - 9 Dec 2016
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Eszter Lénárt

Turkish Beginner I
Language course, 3 credits 

2016 Fall Term
Tuesdays and Thursdays
09:00 - 10:15, room N13 306


Instructor: Eszter Lénárt, lenarte@ceu.hu
Office hours: after class or by appointment


This is the first part of the two-year intensive course by the end of which students are expected to complete the equivalent of the levels A1 and A2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Although the course will equip the students to communicate and read in modern Turkish, its main aim is to give a quick progress towards the future ability to read Ottoman texts and Ottoman historical documents in Arabic script for those wishing to continue their studies in that direction.

The aim of the course

By the end of the first academic year the students are expected to be familiar with the basics of the Turkish grammar, to have approximately 3000 - 4000 vocabulary units with a special emphasis on synonyms already in the first term, that is, on acquiring a broad knowledge of both the modern and the classical Turkish lexicon. This will enable them to proceed towards translations in the winter term and to more complicated text readings next year, leading them eventually to Ottoman source readings as well.


Regular attendance, at least 18 sessions out of 22, is mandatory.

Student performance will be assessed through

1. class performance

2. regular written home works that have to be handed in at the beginning of each class by the students. I will return them corrected at the beginning of the next class

3. at least 8 short written quizzes mainly on vocabulary

4. 3 complex tests after each unit of the course book

5. a final written exam composed of text translation, grammar and communication exercises

Terminal grade: 10% quizzes, 30% tests, 20% class performance, 40% final exam.


Each class will begin with a short written or oral quiz on the latest vocabulary and grammar.

Students will regularly be given specially prepared grammar and vocabulary sheets to use apart of the fundamental course book and workbook. Other readings, visual and audio materials will also be used during the classes.

Students should estimate that successful participation in this class will require at least three times the amount of time outside the classroom than inside the classroom. Both fall and winter terms will be concluded with a final revision and a consultation followed by a final written exam.

The course book

KURT, C., AYGÜN E. N., LEBLEBICI, E., ALTINKAYNAK COŞKUN, Ö. 2009. Yeni Hitit I. Yabancılar İçin Türkçe. Ders Kitabı. (+ CD). Çalışma Kitabı. (+ CD). Ankara. Ankara Üniversitesi. 2nd ed. [TÖMER]

The syllabus

Week 1 – Coursebook pp. 6-7.

22.09.2014 Introduction. The alphabet and pronunciation.

24.09.2014 Vowel harmony and agglutination. Numbers. Plural.


Week 2 – Coursebook pp. 8-11.

29.09.2014 Unite 1.1. Meeting people.

01.10.2014 Unite 1.1. Countries and nationalities.


Week 3 – Coursebook pp. 12-15.

06.10.2014 Unite 1.2. Verbal and possessive suffixes. Ne? Kim? Neresi?

08.10.2014 Unite 1.2. Open questions with mi, negation with değil


Week 4 – Coursebook pp. 16-19.

13.10.2014 Unite 1.3. Shopping. What’s there? Sx -dA.

15.10.2014 Unite 1.3. Odada. Var - Yok.


Week 5 – Coursebook pp. 20-23.

20.10.2014 Unite 2.1. Everyday life. Present Tense: -(İ)yor

22.10.2014 Unite 2.1. Farklı ülkelerde


Week 6 – Coursebook, pp. 24-27.

27.10.2014 Unite 2.2. The city. Nereye? Nerede? Nereden?

29.10.2014 Unite 2.2. Hobiler


Week 7 – Coursebook pp. 28-29.

03.11.2014 Unite 2.2. Hobiler

05.11.2014 Unite 2.3. What time is it? When?


Week 8 – Coursebook pp. 30-33.

10.11.2014 Unite 2.3. Program

12.11.2014 Unite 3.1. Family and relatives. Suffixes of possession


Week 9 – Coursebook pp. 34-37.

17.11.2014 Unite 3.1. Eş, dost, akraba

19.11.2014 Unite 3.2. Home and neighbourhood. Possession and pronominal -n


Week 10 – Coursebook pp. 38-41.

24.11.2014 Unite 3.2. Köyde ve şehirde hayat

26.11.2014 Unite 3.3. Possessing. Şehirler


Week 11 – Coursebook pp. 42-43.

01.12.2014 Unite 3.3. İstanbul

03.12.2014 Revision. Consultation.


Week 12

08.12.2014 Written exam.

10.12.2014 Evaluation of the written exam.




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