The Turkish Language Program aims to support learners in their writing and speaking abilities by creating a positive and encouraging classroom environment that allows learners to express themselves freely.

Designed in line with YÖK (Higher Education System) regulations, these courses help develop the learners with a high level of linguistic accuracy as well as develop an awareness of the general characteristics of the Turkish language and its historical development. The Turkish classes involve language and literature studies that foster the learners’ creativity and critical thinking. In this respect, the Turkish language courses are made up of two sections. The writing section involves textual analysis with particular emphasis on reading articles, essays, novels, short stories and poems, thereby enabling the learners to express their views in the written form. The speaking section, on the other hand, aims to develop learners’ academic speaking skills in the form of individual presentations.

The Turkish writing and speaking courses are under the class code TURK 100. Along with the Turkish language courses, the program offers elective courses which are available to all students at Koç University. The elective courses, which reflect our approach to education, include language, literature and other related subjects. These elective courses, which operate under the class code TLIT, involve Turkish Short Story, Turkish Novels, Contemporary Turkish Poetry, Modernization And Gender In Turkish Literature, The History Of Turkish Theater, Children’s Literature and also Women in Turkish Novel. Additionally, our program offers two Ottoman Turkish language courses, TURK 300 and TURK 330.

The Turkish language department also offers Turkish language courses for foreign exchange students.

Our department provides ten different levels of Turkish classes for foreign students ranging from BASIC TURKISH (TURK 201, 202, 203, 204); INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 301, 302, 303); and  UPPER INTERMEDIATE TURKISH (TURK 401)  to  ADVANCED TURKISH (TURK 402). These courses aim to develop students’ productive language skills by providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment.

In these communicative- based Turkish language classes, assessment is based on testing learners’ linguistic knowledge and accuracy, and their skills in reading and listening comprehension as well as in spoken communication and oral presentation skills.

These courses help students not only to adapt to life in Turkey and get to know the culture better, but also enable them to communicate in Turkish effeciently.