Modern Turkish Language and Culture Summer Program

Applıcatıons FOR 2019 tba

This summer, Sabancı University will offer an intensive Turkish language program for foreigners who would like to learn Turkish. It is specially designed for adults who want to learn or improve their Turkish, and is available at 3 different levels. The program enables students to not only learn Turkish, but also improve their knowledge of Turkish history and culture.



The program consists of 3 different levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced level focusing on Reading.


The objectives have been determined in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;

(A1-A2)    Basic
(B1-B2)    Intermediate
(C1-C2)    Advanced


The program starts on June 22th, and ends on August 16th.


All students are required to take a Placement Exam to measure their proficiency level in Turkish language. Then students will be enrolled in the Modern Turkish Language courses according to their proficiency level.


Classes will be held on the first four days of each week for a total of 20 hours.


Students who complete the program will get 6 SU Credits or 12 ECTS.


Accommodation can be arranged in the dormitories of Sabancı University, İstanbul



The program offers a number of seminars exploring diverse aspects of Turkish culture. Our guest speakers will give talks on history, economics, politics, literature, fine arts, classical Turkish music, etc.   In addition, a series of Turkish movies will be screened and discussed within the framework of Turkish culture.


So as to meet the specified objectives through an intensive program, each of these three courses concentrates on the following skills or areas:

Beginner: Grammar and vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking
Intermediate: Grammar and vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking
Advanced: Reading, speaking and writing based on academic texts.

Accordingly each exam is composed of following skills: Reading Comprehension (30%), Grammar&Vocabulary (40%), and Writing (30%).

Assessment weighting: Final Exam (40%), Midterm (25%), Quiz (15%), Homeworks (10%), and Attendance (10%)

The total exposure to Turkish language and culture will be around 160-180 hours, consisting of 140 hours of teaching and learning in the classroom with the rest ocurring during extracurricular activities and field trips.

Course Books

TUR 113/513 - Basic Turkish

TUR 113 and TUR 513 work books (BASIC) at Cemil Copy Center.
Learning Turkish Step by Step(Beginner Book) Available at HOMER.
Content - based Turkish 1(BASIC) at Cemil Copy Center.

TUR 223/523 - Intermediate Turkish

Learning Turkish Step by Step (Intermediate book) Available at HOMER.
TUR 223 and TUR 523 work books (INTERMEDIATE) at Cemil Copy Center.
Content - based Turkish 2 (INTERMEDIATE) at Cemil Copy Center.

TUR405/505 - Advanced Readings in Turkish for Foreigners Reading list to be announced during the class.





10 hours per week

Grammar-based practice, games, and role-playing activities



5 hours per week

Content-based work, developing reading comprehension and reading skills



2 hours per week

Content-based work, developing writing skills


Speaking 3 hours per week

Aiming to improve students' grammar skills, speaking activities based on the grammar teaching points specified for each week



Güniz Evirgen

Tamer Kütükçü

Tamer Kütükçü

Engin Kılıç



Alphabet, phrases, greetings, the verb “to be, nouns and adjectives, Imperatives, prepositions

Introducing yourself, greetings, useful phrases

Writing dialogues through which students learn to introduce themselves and greet their friends; controlled writing practice and a variety of "fill-in the gaps" activities


Greetings; introducing yourself; debates


 numbers, present continuous tense, interrogatives: what-where-who-how


Numbers, dates, jobs, daily routines, leisure time vocabulary

Writing paragraphs about daily routines and hobbies

"How can I get to Taksim?", Asking for directions, giving directions; recipes




The verb “to have”, introducing family members, body parts, genitive, accusative


My family, relatives, human body, health and complaints


Writing about relatives; filling in a survey about illnesses


"At a wedding", introducing and talking about relatives; "Seeing your doctor", Health-related complaints, illnesses



Past tense, colours, clothes, comparing and contrasting

Shopping, bargaining, food, eating out

Completing shopping-related dialogues; "At a restaurant": writing dialogues about food


Past tense; shopping (colours and clothes)



Future Tense, forecast


A day in the past, memories, houses and furniture

Writing about past experiences and events; writing about preferences choosing/buying furniture


"Biography", talking about your favourite literary figures; past tense; accusative







City-life and places

Writing about personal school environments and cultural differences, expressing preferences with regard to the cities and locations students are living in


“Six weeks in Istanbul"; revision




-dığım için          

-dığım zaman                 

-dığım halde    

-dığım kadarıyla

-dığımdan beri 

-dığım gibi


Feelings, Sensations,

Describing the personality    

Compliment and insult in Turkish

Writing about feelings,

Describing a person, Writing suitable compliment or insult words in spesific conditions

Who is your best friend?




8 hours per week

Grammar-based practice, games, and role-playing activities



6 hours per week

Content-based work, developing reading comprehension and reading skills



2 hours per week

Content-based work, developing writing skills



4 hours per week

Aiming to improve students' grammar skills, speaking activities based on the grammar teaching points specified for each week



Güniz Evirgen

Tamer Kütükçü

Tamer Kütükçü

Engin Kılıç



Simple Present Tense;


Business life, plans, dreams, goals

Writing CVs and proposals

"Utopia", What will happen in the future? What will you do in the future?



Used to

World cultures; tourism and touristic places

Writing about touristic places and holiday experiences

"I witnessed the murder!", short film screening and film  analysis



Conditional Structures:

Present/ Future:


Present Hyphotetical: sam/sem

Past Real: -dıysam

Past Hyphotetical:


I wish: Keşke:

Present & Past

Politics, ideologies, media

Writing about political views about contemporary world issues

"At a bookshop"


Present tense; Have to/ must/ should


Customs and traditions; human psychology, phobias, psychological problems, emotions; praising and criticising

Writing about rituals that used to exist in the students' home cultures; filling in a psychology-related survey; writing activities through which students take on the role of an expert on psychological problems

Codes of behaviour (etiquette); passive voice; present tense



History; culture; past lives; arts; literature, music,  film

Writing film, music or books reviews

"When I was a child…", Talking about childhood memories, used to; consulting an advisor, if clauses, talking about which courses to take


Agreeing, disagreeing; revision and summary of the course

Otherness, women, minorities, homosexuals

Writing about marginal people or people students might think as the Other

Political correctness in Turkish; "At a restaurant"; summary and revision




Reported speech

- Imperative

- Yes/ No

- Wh- questions


colloquial Turkish, language of minorities                                         

Writing in colloquial Turkish

“At  a bar”



Engin Kılıç


"Advanced Turkish" is a course with a primary focus on reading. It assumes the mastery of Turkish grammar at intermediate level as a minimum requirement. The texts used in this course explore the issues regarding the history of modern Turkey, Turkish literature, society, culture and politics. The aim of exploring texts dealing with these specified themes is to help students gain familiarity with Turkish culture and thus benefit from this in their study of Turkish language.

The texts used display several genres: literary texts (short fiction, poetry, extracts from novels), academic articles, dissertations, chapters from books written with interdisciplinary perspectives, newspaper articles, biographies, extracts from encyclopaedias and school textbooks.

As explained above, the course is primarily reading-based. However, during the course students are also provided with several contexts where they can improve their speaking, discussion and presentation skills. In addition, they learn to summarise, evaluate and write response papers based on course readings.

Through the use of idioms, synonyms, antonyms, every day speech patterns, terminologies, students are also encouraged to learn new vocabulary and practise new words and phrases.

Unlike the other two courses, this course demonstrates some flexibility with regard to the choice of content depending on the students' level of Turkish and their interest areas.




After she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Turkish Language and Literature at Bosphorus University, she taught Turkish to the students at Michigan State University as a volunteer between the years 1992-1994. After coming back to Turkey she continued to tutor to expatriates and businessmen living in Turkey.

She has written two books: Learning Turkish Step by Step (a beginner book with CD), and Learning Turkish Step by Step (An intermediate class book with CD)

Both of them are grammar and exercise books to facilitate communications between foreigners and Turkish people. She has her own website to teach Turkish for foreigners.

She has worked at İstanbul United States Consulate for 17 years and currently she is teaching at Sabancı University as a Turkish Instructor.



He got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Turkish Language and Literature at Bosphorus University  and his Master of Arts degree in cultural studies at İstanbul Bilgi University. He completed his PhD in Turkish Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
He has been an instructor at the School of Languages at Sabancı University since 2000. He is the coordinator of the Turkish language courses offered at the School of Languages and teaches Turkish communication, modern Turkish literature and Turkish for foreigners courses.



Graduated from Bosphorus University – He got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Turkish Language and Literature Department. Tamer Kütükçü worked at the same department as a "research-assistant" (2000-2003), he also taught "Turkish as a second language" at the Turkish Language and Culture Program for Foreigners of Bosphorus University (1998-2002). Since 2003, he has been an instructor of "Turkish Literature" and "Turkish for foreigners" at Sabancı University. His areas of interests are Turkish literature (texual analyzing, creative writing), classical Turkish music (sociology of music, voice and performance techniques) and Turkish as a second language ("content-based" teaching). 


 Modern Turkish Language and Culture Summer Program Fees  
PACKAGE 1 (One course fee without accommodation) $2.000
PACKAGE 2 (1 course + accommodation in a 4-person room) $2.500
PACKAGE 3 (1 course + accommodation in a 2-person room) $2.750
Application Fee $50

* Sabancı University reserves the right to make changes in any summer programs.
* Sabancı graduate students can pay 50% off.
* VAT is included in all prices.


All students should apply online to the program. Online Application dates will be announced on a later date.

Since course capacity is limited, and applications will be evaluated immediately, we suggest you to reserve your seat as early as possible.

In order to be considered for admission, your application must be completed and submitted, and application fee should be paid by May 30, 2016 or before. Please follow the instructions on Online Application form, and do not forget to upload the following documents:

  • Photograph
  • Transcript
  • English Proficiency Exam Result (Graduates or currently enrolled students of universities where medium of teaching is English do not need to take an English proficiency test.)