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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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An undertaking of this nature cannot be carried out without the participation of many people and this case is no exception. I would therefore like to acknowledge the valuable efforts of all who have been involved in the process. First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to my editorial advisor, Graham Hall, with whom it has been a pleasure and an honour for me and my team to cooperate. Special thanks are also due to my colleagues in the ELT Department of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, without whom this publication would not have been produced. I extend my thanks to Ece Zehir Topkaya and Salim Razı for providing an organizational framework and coordinating the contributions of the various participants, both within and outside the department. I am grateful to Aysun Yavuz for her sustained encouragement and practical and moral support for all aspects and at all stages of this enterprise. I would like to thank Meryem Altay for the contributions she made to the proof-reading and editing processes and, last but not least, I wish to thank Veysel Emir Eke, Rümeysa Pektaş and Havva Sümeyra Pektaş for shouldering the day-to-day mundane organizational tasks and communication between writers, editors and others, thus ensuring the smooth running and ultimate success of the undertaking. Finally, I am grateful to the staff at Peter Lang, especially Esra Bahşi, the Senior Acquisitions Editor, who provided much valuable advice and encouragement, enabling us to bring this project to...

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