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Research Perspectives on Teaching and Learning English in Turkey

Policies and Practices

Edited By Yasemin Bayyurt and Yesim Bektas Cetinkaya

An increasing number of universities either provide seminars regarding the uses of English in international contexts, or on how effective methodologies can be developed for teaching English and what can be done to train future English language teachers. There are, however, very few edited volumes about English language teaching in countries like Turkey. In this respect, Research Perspectives on Teaching and Learning English in Turkey: Policies and Practices offers a broad picture of English language teaching in the Turkish EFL context. It examines the development of English language teaching and learning in Turkey and illustrates current practices through empirical studies. The sixteen chapters in the book are divided into four thematic sections: Teacher Education in Turkey, English Language Learning in Turkey, Instructional Technologies in English Language Teaching and Learning in Turkey, and English Language Education in the Turkish Socio-Cultural Context.


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Sumru Akcan ( is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Language Education at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, where she teaches under-graduate and graduate courses in teacher edu- cation and second language teaching methodology. Her research interests include teacher education and English as a Lingua Franca. Ayşe S. Akyel ( is a professor in the Department of For- eign Language Education at Yeditepe University, where she is also the Dean of the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include teacher education and profes- sional development, teacher cognition, approaches to teaching language skills, and content-based instruction. She has published in various journals, including Canadian Modern Language Review, Language Learning Journal, System, and ELT Journal. Derya Altınmakas ( graduated from Istanbul Univer- sity in 2002 and received her master’s degree from the University of Warwick in 2005. She is a lecturer at Istanbul Kültür University and a Ph.D. candidate at Boğaziçi University. Her professional interests include the disciplines of sociolin- guistics, bilingualism, academic writing, world Englishes, cultural issues related to English language learning and teacher education. Arda Arıkan ( received his Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is currently working on cultural and sociological issues related to language learning and teaching. Derin Atay ( is an associate professor Department of For- eign Language Education at Marmara University. Her research interests include pre-service and in-service teacher...

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