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GCSE Turkish

Level 2 Graded 9-1

Specification code: J737-Examination Board: OCR

What will I learn?

 Studying Turkish will help you to communicate in the language, as well as help you to understand Turkish in speech and writing. You will benefit when you come into contact with Turkish-speaking people both at home and abroad. You will learn about the culture of countries where Turkish is spoken and will be able to communicate with young people in these countries. Turkish is studied in relation to everyday activities, personal and social life, the world around us, the world of work and the international world. You will learn the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. All four papers are compulsory. There are no tiers in GCSE Turkish. This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate.


Students will study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Home and Local area

Theme 2: Health and Sport

Theme 3: Leisure and entertainment (includes online)

Theme 4: Travel and the wider world

Theme 5: Education and work


How will I learn? 

At the MFL Department we believe the learning of a new language must be a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience. For this reason we use a large range of resources, strategies and techniques, including language trips to all target languages countries, which enable students to make fast progress in a friendly, dynamic and fun environment. Students will learn how to:

Listen/read and:

• demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken/written language

• recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended spoken/written text, including authentic sources

• identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present and future events, as well as contemporary and cultural themes.

In speaking:

• communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts

• take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions

• convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes

• use accurate pronunciation and intonation to be understood by a native speaker.


In writing:

• communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts

• make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events


How will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed on four skills as follows:

Listening: 45 minutes (25% of total mark)

Candidates are allowed 5 minutes to read the question paper before the recording is played. The listening material lasts up to 45 minutes. Candidates hear all the items twice.

• All rubrics are in English.

• Eight exercises requiring: non-verbal responses or short answers in English.

2. Speaking: 10 mins (25%) All candidates take part in two activities, on two different topics:

Part 1 Presentation and discussion

Part 2 General conversation

3. Reading: 60 mins (25%)

• All rubrics are in English.

• Eight exercises requiring: non-verbal responses, short answers in English or in target language.

4. Writing: 60 mins (25%)  Candidates complete two questions on two different topics.

Each response must be:

• up to a maximum of 150 words in length

• on a different OCR main topic

• for a different purpose.

Where Might it Lead?

 The ability to speak a foreign language is increasingly expected in Higher Education and business and is an asset to students seeking employment in a range of industries, from tourism and secretarial work to banking, law and the media. It also widens the geographical area where you can look for work and is definitely helpful for your holidays in the future. If you study Turkish  A Level, you can get  up to 120 UCAS points which can help you to get into higher education