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Researching ELT: Classroom Methodology and Beyond

Dincay Köksal

This book is an outcome of the 9th ELT Research Conference organised by Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. The papers in this volume illustrate some of the key research interests and priorities for English language teaching in Turkey and provide significant insights into a range of contemporary issues and practices in the field. The papers present research focusing on issues in the areas of technology, learners, teacher training and post-graduate education, which have been gathered together in four sections, each section containing articles covering several different aspects of the topic in question.

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Drama Techniques as Tools for EFL Teacher Training: Pre-Service Teachers’ Views (Süleyman Başaran)

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Süleyman Başaran30

Dicle University, Turkey

Drama Techniques as Tools for EFL Teacher Training: Pre-Service Teachers’ Views

Abstract: Drama techniques provide context and entail possibilities for non-boring repetitions. Therefore, drama techniques should be an important part of teacher training programs. Exploring trainees’ views about the techniques used, the problems possibly encountered and their suggestions seems to be of paramount importance. With these in mind, 40 third-year EFL student teachers were trained in educational drama and then 10 volunteers were selected to take part in focus group interviews. The main reason behind opting for the focus group technique was to gain a deep understanding of what student teachers thought about educational drama, the drama techniques used and the problems they possibly encountered. This paper provides an account of the drama techniques used for teacher training and reports on student teachers’ views and suggestions stated during the focus group interviews. Collected data were transcribed and analyzed with content analysis procedures. Analysis results indicate highly positive views about educational drama and an improvement in student teachers’ awareness of the importance of using drama techniques in English classes.

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