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1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

İsmail Güleç and Bekir Ince

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.

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The Effect of Estimation Strategy on Listening Comprehension in Turkish Education for Foreigners

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Abstract The aim of this study is, by using the concept mapping technique, to investigate the effects of the strategy of estimation before listening on listening comprehension. In this study, where the mixed method is utilized, the students of control and experiment groups, where the post-test was applied, were assigned via objective assignment method. Participants consist of 17 students studying at B2 level in the Turkish Language Teaching and Research Center (TOMER) at Fatih University. The implementation lasted for 4 course hours. Before listening-understanding exercises, the strategy of estimation via concept maps was applied to the experiment group, while the lesson was taught via traditional methods in the control group. After the texts were listened to, 2 tests about the texts, which were previously prepared by researcher, were applied to both of the groups. When the difference between the scores of two groups was examined, it was seen that the mean score of experiment group students was higher than the mean score of control group students. The data obtained from interviews with students was analyzed via MAXQDA Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Accordingly, it was seen that majority of the participant students had difficulties in listening-understanding exercises, and that they thought that the exercises in course books are not sufficient. Moreover, it was determined that the students appreciated the concept maps and the strategy of estimation via the concept maps, and that they though that concept maps are useful for learning language. In this study, it was concluded that...

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