- 2016, Universitat de Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
The 9th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF9),
Presentation Title: Representation of English in ELT textbooks: Any room for EIL/ELF?
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Özet: The present study aims to investigate the representation, or lack thereof, of a variety of users and uses of English in a selection of internationally-developed ELT textbooks used in Turkey with pre-intermediate level learners of English, as is defined either by the textbooks themselves or the ELT programs using these textbooks. While one of the textbooks makes explicit reference to “English as an international language”, the two others make no such claim – at least not in their introduction. Based on the framework developed by Matsuda (2012), and the relevant questions posited in McKay (2012) and Matsuda (2002), the analysis seeks to reveal the extent to which the textbooks in question represent characteristics of English as it is used in international contexts, that is, heterogeneity and variation. We also aimed to see if there are important differences in this regard between the textbooks investigated, and if the way they present English is congruent with the English(es) Turkish learners of English are likely to encounter based on an overall evaluation of the learner population(s). To this end, the textbooks were scrutinized closely in terms of the kinds of people using English, the contexts where English is used, and the uses of English. A second component of the study is interviews with publishers and distributors, curriculum developers, and material users. This analysis into EIL/ ELF-awareness in textbooks and of particular stakeholders provides important insights for both ELT publishing and ELT material use and evaluation.
- 2016, Bilkent Üniversitesi, Ankara
14th International Bilkent University School of English Language Conference,
Presentation Title: A Priori Validation of a Speaking Test of L2 Turkish
Sunum dosyasını indirmek için: A Priori Validation of a Speaking Test of L2 Turkish
- 2015, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul
The 21st Conference of the International Association for World Englishes: Bridging Cultures and Contexts,
Presentation Title: A Case Study on Attitudes and Perceptions Towards English-Medium Instruction And Internationalisation of Higher Education
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Özet: The increasing use of English as a medium of instruction at universities in both Turkey and European countries has generated considerable interest in doing research on the outcomes or effects of English medium instruction (EMI) on students and instructors during the last decade (Güler, 2004; Jenkins, 2014; Jensen et al., 2013; Jensen & Thøgersen, 2011; Kırkgöz, 2005; Mortensen, 2014; Saarinen, 2012). The present study reports the initial findings of a research project based on the attitudes and perceptions of students and instructors towards English medium instruction (EMI) in two Turkish state universities. The primary objective of the study is to investigate attitudes and perceptions of lecturers and students towards language policies in English-taught higher education programs, the academic English needs of students as well as their definition of an international university. The respondents were lecturers and students in the engineering faculties of two state universities in Istanbul. These universities differed in terms of their English language education policies. The investigation was carried out primarily through questionnaires, interviews with lecturers and analysis of the curricula of the programs that we investigated over a four-month period in 2013-2014 academic year. A lecturer-interview was conducted individually with each lecturer and student-focus-group interviews were also administered. The data were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The findings revealed that overall in these universities both lecturers and students had different attitudes towards English-medium-instruction (EMI). Students’ level of proficiency was also detected as an important factor influencing their perception of EMI. Furthermore, both lecturers and students stated that they would prefer instruction in Turkish for subject courses while stating that English instruction provided students with more advantages such as finding a better job, being able to read extensive literature in their fields to be able to carry out further studies and similar. This study had important implications for revising EMI curricula of universities and bringing the international lingua franca status of English to the attention of both university students and instructors.
- 2014, DEREE- The American College of Greece, Athens
The 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF7),
Presentation Title: The perceptions and attitudes of university students and instructors towards English medium instruction (EMI) in Turkey
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- 2014, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, İstanbul
Multilingual Education and Multilinguals in Education Perspectives from Turkey and Sweden,
Presentation Title: Challenges in English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education in Turkey
- 2013, Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Ankara
The 9th International METU Postgraduate Conference on Linguistics and Language Teaching,
Presentation Title: Professional Identity Formation by Pre-Service Teachers: What matters?