Turkish Beginner I

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5026
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
18 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
Non-degree Specialization: 
ACRS—Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
Eda Guclu

Turkish Beginner I
Language course, 3 credits 

2017 Fall Term


Instructor: Eda Güçlü

Office hours: after class or by appointment




This course is offered to students who do not have any knowledge of Turkish language. The aim is to make participants familiar with the basic structure of Turkish through the examination of grammatical organization, sentence patterns, and vocabulary. The development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be equally considered. By the end of the term, students are expected to communicate the language at a practical and daily level.  



Participation and presentations: 50 %

Quizzes and homework: 30 %

Final Exam: 20 %



Turkish-English Dictionary: http://tureng.com/tr/turkce-ingilizce

Sesli Sözlük: https://www.seslisozluk.net/en/

Büyük Türkçe Sözlük: http://www.tdk.gov.tr/index.php?option=com_bts


Recommended Grammar Books

Aslı Göksel and Celia Kerslake, Turkish: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge, 2005) (Available at CEU Library).

G. L. Lewis, Turkish Grammar (Oxford University Press, 2001, second edition).

Jaklin Kornfilt, Turkish (Routledge, 1997) (Available at CEU Library).



Yeni Hitit Yabancılar İçin Türkçe Ders Kitabı I (Ankara Üniversitesi, TÖMER).

Yeni Hitit Yabancılar İçin Türkçe Çalışma Kitabı I (Ankara Üniversitesi, TÖMER).

Nurettin Koç, Mehmet Hengirmen, Türkçe Öğreniyoruz I (Ankara, 1997).




Week 1: Introduction to the course; greetings, introducing oneself; countries; ablative case (-den)


Week 2: Describing objects and people; asking questions; plural of nouns


Week 3: Case endings; var-yok sentences; numbers


Week 4: Present tense; occupations


Week 5: Adjectives, nouns, verbs; present continuous tense


Week 6: Expressing possession; interrogative pronoun; the verb “to have”


Week 7: Daily activities, habits, likes and dislikes


Week 8: Future tense; dates and time


Week 9: Adverbial expressions


Week 10: Simple past tense


Week 11: Student presentations


Week 12: Review