Abstract


WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS APPROACH OR METHOD SAYS? OPINIONS OF TURKISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE LEVELS OF LANGUAGE TEACHING APPROACHES AND METHODS

Great importance has been attached to teaching Turkish as a foreign language in recent years, and the teaching Turkish to foreigners is largely carried out by Turkish teaching centers. Accordingly, if the teachers working in these centers are aware of foreign language teaching approaches and methods, as well as the ideas and principles that form the basis of these, they will contribute positively to the teaching Turkish as a foreign language field. The aim of this research is to determine the opinions of the instructors working in Turkish teaching centers about their knowledge levels based on foreign language teaching approaches and methods, and to determine whether there is a difference in their opinions of knowledge levels in terms of gender, professional seniority, and what type of undergraduate program they have graduated from. The research is a descriptive survey study. Participants were determined using convenient sampling method. In the study, as data collection tools, a personal information form describing the demographic characteristics of instructors working in Turkish teaching centers was used along with a questionnaire aiming to measure the knowledge levels of foreign language teaching approaches and methods, and the data obtained was analyzed using with a statistical software. As a result of the research, it was determined that Turkish teachers have medium knowledge about the foreign language teaching methods. No difference was found in terms of knowledge levels in terms of gender and professional seniority. However, it was concluded that the undergraduate programs that Turkish teachers graduated from were a factor affecting their knowledge of foreign language teaching approaches and methods.



Keywords

Foreign language, approaches and methods, teaching Turkish as a foreign language


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