Turkish Language Courses

At Stanford University, Ottoman and modern Turkish language courses are offered through both Stanford Language Center and the Department of Comparative Literature housed under the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

The African and Middle Eastern (AME) program, part of the Stanford Language Center, offers four-skill modern Turkish language courses at all levels: First Year Turkish, Second Year Turkish and Third Year Turkish. Turkish Language education is based on the National Standards on Foreign Language Learning.  Turkish Language students are expected to speak, listen, read, and write in Turkish in ways that are immediately useful in a real world setting, connect with the community, make comparisons between cultures and communicate in Turkish.  AMELANG Turkish language courses, designed for students who have interest in learning Turkish language, culture, history, cuisine, art and social life. The emphasis is on oral comprehension and speaking. Reading, writing and grammar are presented through communicative activities using technology, creative tasks and authentic materials. Completion of First Year Turkish (AMELANG184A-184B- 184C) satisfies the one-year University Foreign Language Requirement.

The Department of Comparative Literature offers both Ottoman and reading Turkish courses. Reading Turkish courses are designed to develop reading competence in Turkish for graduate students (undergraduates should consult the instructor) and teach the structures of Turkish grammar required for academic reading. Courses introduce students with no background in Turkish to important grammatical concepts, reading strategies, and important vocabulary. The goal is to enable students to read Turkish at an advanced level in a relatively short period of time. It is not a traditional language course that takes an integrated four-skill approach; it focuses on reading and translation from Turkish into English, and as a result students are able to cover advanced material in a short amount of time. Comparative Literature offers introductory Ottoman as well. In this course basic orthographic conventions and grammatical characteristics of Ottoman Turkish are taught through readings in printed material from the 19th and 20th centuries. Selected readings range from poetry to prose, from state documents, newspaper and journal articles to reference works.

For more information on modern Turkish language courses offered by Stanford Language Center contact S. Ebru Ergul

For more information on Ottoman and reading Turkish courses offered by Comparative Literature contact Burcu Karahan