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1st International Symposium of Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

Edited By 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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Comparison of Listening and Speaking Skills of Foreign Students Learning Turkish Abroad and in Turkey


Abstract This study is aimed at identifying the effect that being in an environment where the learned language is naturally spoken has on listening and speaking skills. The study is based on a “Multiple Case Study” design. The sample consists of a total of 10 B2-level students studying in the Department of Turkish Language Teaching in Turkey or in the Department of Turkology abroad. For the purpose of the study, students were first read a different version of a world-known fairy tale “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”. An achievement test prepared by researchers was used to measure whether or not students understand the tale. Next, students watched a current news report and responded to an open-ended achievement test on the news prepared by researchers. A semi-structured interview form with 5 questions prepared in accordance with B2 level as described by “The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” was also used to assess students’ speaking skills. “Content analysis” as well as descriptive statistics were used in the analysis of data obtained through interview and open-ended questions. The study thus tries to reveal the difference between listening and speaking skills of foreign students learning Turkish in Turkey, on the one hand, and those of foreign students learning Turkish abroad, on the other.

Keywords: Listening skills, speaking skills, learning Turkish in Turkey and abroad.

1. Introduction

Spoken language is a complex process with different features from the written language. Aksan (1979: 55) describes...

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