Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

The Correct and Incorrect in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Turkey from the Eye of the Learners

Abstract

Esranur AslanyĆ¼rek, Berna Do??rul

English language education has been an important constituent of
Turkish educational system since the worldwide popularization of English as a
foreign language, especially after the second half of 20th century. Nevertheless,
researches indicate problems, which still continue in the Turkish language
education system. In this study, it is aimed to reveal the correct and incorrect
things in the language learning and teaching. The study seeks to reveal the
students’ opinions, their evaluations about the courses and the problems that
they witness. The study was conducted at Uludag University in 2016 by applying
qualitative interview sessions to 20 university students where three questions
were administered. The data was analysed in percentages, standard deviation
values were determined through descriptive statistics. Participant responses and
variables of age, gender and grade were shown in this study. The results have
shown that the students think that English courses have lots of deficiencies in
terms of FLL and FLT. The students want more communicative activities to
promote practical language use during the lessons. The results have also
indicated that students’ age and gender do not affect their viewpoints
significantly while their grade has an essential association with their responses to
many items. The study indicates that university students believe that the foreign
language should be actualized for better language teaching and learning and the
teachers should use more contemporary methods.

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