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

Esranur Aslanyürek, Berna Doğrul


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 find out the students’ opinions about English language and learning, 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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