This book consists of papers presented at the 1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language. The Symposium was held at Het Pand Culture and Congress Center of Ghent University in April 2015. It was presented by the Sakarya University Institute of Education Sciences and the Belgium Turkish Associations with the support of the Turkish Language Association and the Yunus Emre Institute.
Building Teacher Identity and Enhancing Multi-Cultural Interaction Through Peer-Helping in Turkish as a Foreign Language Classrooms
Abstract Beginner level Turkish language courses were supported by native speaker peer-helpers for a year-long course at a state university in Istanbul. Reflections of 12 peer-helpers were examined based on their teaching experiences. The data was collected through interviews and teaching logs. Their views on teaching of the target culture and classroom practices have been audio-recorded and analyzed. They discussed the efficacy of peer-helping in foreign language classrooms. The results revealed that peer-helping has positive effects on building teaching identity, acquiring skills necessary for a teaching profession, developing intercultural sensitivity and awareness of the forms in the native language.
Keywords: Peer helping, Turkish as a foreign language, teacher identity, intercultural communication, collaborative learning
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