Policies and Practices
Edited By Yasemin Bayyurt and Yesim Bektas Cetinkaya
Part 3: Instructional Technologies in English Language Teaching and Learning in Turkey
Part 3 Instructional Technologies in English Language Teaching and Learning in Turkey 253 Chapter 13 The Use of Multimedia Computers in Turkish Classrooms: Perceptions of Foreign Language Teachers Senem Yıldız, Boğaziçi University Sibel Tatar, Boğaziçi University The contribution of computer technologies to the quality of education has been established by research for some time now. Computer technologies offer access to multimedia, stimulate interaction, and give students immediate feedback. Com- puter assisted instruction encourages experimentation, provides all sorts of skills practice, puts authentic materials within reach. When used effectively, computers in the classroom enable teachers to create a learner-centered envi ronment (Lee, 2000; Lee, McLoughlin & Chan, 2008; Warschauer & Healey, 1998). Attuned to the global trend, education in Turkey has taken some important steps that enhance the potential of computer-aided instruction. Many projects to expand Internet access nationwide, to improve the infrastructure, and support the devel- opment of computer assisted classrooms have been initiated over the past fifteen years. For example, a recent project called Web-based English Language Education and Multimedia Language Classes aims to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills by providing constant access to authentic materials in English. The system, once established, will be extended to primary school students and public workers (Ministry of Transport and Communication). Another project that makes use of software for interactive language learning was made available to all schools with an Internet connection in the academic year 2008–2009. The software, intended for students in grades 4–8,...
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