• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Turkish
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Mustafa Yurtbilir
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course will introduce students to the study of the Turkish language, starting with the Turkish alphabet, pronunciation and spelling.  Students will gain an understanding of Turkish people and culture and learn basic vocabulary for use in daily conversations and the reading of basic texts. Students will acquire knowledge of Simple Continuous and Past Tenses together with several grammatical rules and an understanding of Turkish sentence structure. No previous knowledge of the Turkish language is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the alphabet, spelling and pronunciation of the Turkish language and some familiarity with vowel harmony.
  2. Communicate in everyday life situations in Turkish within a range of selected topics.
  3. Write and understand simple short sentences and read passages of moderate length in Turkish.
  4. Understand basic grammatical concepts including genitive construction, imperative and optative moods and the use of Present Continuous and Simple Past tenses as appropriate to the Turkish language.
  5. Understand Turkish culture and society through reading related texts and cases.

Other Information

All the lessons include exercises, reading passages and listening to tapes. Students will have a work-book and glossary for their homework. The lecturer may provide reading passages whenever necessary. The students are encouraged to read some articles and books on Turkish Language and Culture written in English.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

6 Course Workbook Exercises (3% each for a total 18%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5]

2 In-class Quizzes, 30 min each (6% each for a total 12%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]

Mid-semester Written Exam 1 hour (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1- 4]

Final Exam (oral component: 5 min -10%; written component: 2 hours - 30%) (Total 40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of lectures; and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed TURK 6001.

Prescribed Texts

TÖMER Yeni Hitit 1 Yabancilar Için Türkçe Ders Kitabi (Course Book), Ankara: Ankara University Press, 2012.

TÖMER Yeni Hitit 1 Yabancilar Için Türkçe Çalisma Kitabi (Workbook), Ankara: Ankara University Press, 2012.

Preliminary Reading

Lewis, G.L., Turkish Grammar (2nd edition), Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Thomas, L.V.  Elementary Turkish, (revised and edited by Itzkowitz, N.), Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986.

Aarssen, J. & Backus, A., Colloquial Turkish: The Complete Course for Beginners, London & New York: Routledge, 2001.

Rona, B., Turkish in Three Months, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Hugo 1989.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3586 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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