An Investigation into the Cultural Dimension in EFL Classes: Turkish Instructors' Views and Practices

Tasemir, Hanife
Gürbüz, Nurdan
The current study aims to investigate how Turkish English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers understand the cultural component in language classes and the extent to which they feel to have opportunities to raise cultural awareness. The views on and approaches to cultural issues of ten English language instructors teaching at the tertiary level across state and private universities in Turkey have been examined in this regard. A qualitative-quantitative mixed-method design using a questionnaire and semi-structured individual interviews has been adopted. The findings revealed that the teachers' opportunities to raise their students' cultural awareness were not satisfactory, and there was a mismatch between their wishes and practices. They felt ill-prepared to include culture and tackle cultural controversies in class. Their conceptualization of culture in English language classes was predominantly modern from a received view of culture yet included elements from which interculturality may develop.


A study on learners' readniness for autonomous learning of english as a foreign language
Koçak, Ayfer; Paykoç, Fersun; Department of Educational Sciences (2003)
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether, or not, students attending English Language Preparatory School at Baskent University are ready to be involved in autonomous language learning. This study also argues that before any interventions aiming at fostering autonomy are implemented, it is necessary to explore learners̕ readiness for autonomous learning in four different areas. These areas are as follows: (a) Learners̕ motivation level in learning English, (b) Learners̕ use of metacognitive strate...
An Analysis of english language testing and evaluation course in english language teacher education programs in Turkey: developing language assessment literacy of pre-service efl teachers
Şahin, Sevgi; Hatipoğlu, Çiler; Department of Foreign Language Education (2019)
This thesis aims to draw a detailed portrait of the status quo of English Language Testing and Evaluation Course (ELTEC) in the English Language (EL) Teacher Education Programs in Turkey focusing on the construct of language assessment literacy (LAL) for prospective EFL teachers. To this end, it examines how ELTEC instructors plan, teach, and assess in the ELTEC, the problems encountered; suggestions and solutions to these problems for effective LAL development as well as pre-service EFL teachers' evaluatio...
An Analysis of the needs and perceptions of english language teachers and students in an EAP course
Demir, Müslüme; Eröz Tuğa, Betil; Department of English Language Teaching (2015)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions and needs of English language teachers and students pertaining to an EAP course -Professional Communication Skills (PCS 406)- and propose an In-Service Teacher Training Module for EFL teachers working in the Foreign Languages Unit at a private university in Ankara. Hence, a case study was designed to investigate the needs of the stakeholders: the learners, teachers and principal. The study undertook a multifaceted needs analysis including questionn...
An Investigation into professional identities of english language teacher trainers and their post-teacher training experiences
Gümüşok, Fatma; Seferoğlu, Gölge.; Department of English Language Teaching (2020)
This qualitative case study aims to investigate the professional identities of English language teacher trainers in Turkish in-service education context. The study mainly describes a group of teacher trainers’ identity development in the lenses of motivation and aspiration, job description, knowledge and expertise, personal approaches, and professional affinity for offering in-service teacher training in the field of ELT. In relation to identity development, another aim of this study is to scrutinize teache...
A study on teachers’ awareness and practices of integrating citizenship into the efl middle school curriculum.
Kıyak, Suna; Akar, Hanife; Department of Educational Sciences (2020)
Integration of citizenship components into foreign language education is an important issue drawing attention from scholars, researchers and practitioners over half a century since English has become the language of the world. In this particular study, the major aim is to examine language education from a citizenship related perspective since Turkish middle school curriculum policy regards citizenship education from an integrated curriculum policy. To this end, the place of citizenship in the foreign langua...
Citation Formats
H. Tasemir and N. Gürbüz, “An Investigation into the Cultural Dimension in EFL Classes: Turkish Instructors’ Views and Practices,” CANADIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS, pp. 54–74, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: