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ERIC Number: ED519176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
A Small-Scale Study of Primary School English Language Teachers' Classroom Activities and Problems
Arikan, Arda
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference on New Trends in Education and Their Implications (2011)
Turkey's search for upgrading the quality of English language teaching is still in progress. Publication of Ministry of National Education's "English Language Curriculum for Primary Education Grades 4,5,6,7 and 8" (2006) framed the content and delivery of our primary school English language teaching classes along with a list of suggested classroom activities. However, much research is needed to identify what happens in English language classrooms in Turkey so that further action takes place to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Hence, the aim of the present study is to identify the types of English language teaching activities carried out in Turkish primary schools along with the problems they face while teaching. As a small-scale study based on 46 teachers' answers to a questionnaire, the study found that pupils appear to be passive learners since teacher-centered activities continue to be used. Also, vocabulary, speaking, and pronunciation are considered as the most important domains and skills for the pupils to master while their knowledge of culture, writing, and grammar are of less importance. Teachers suggest that smaller class size, newer technologies, and a rich variety of print materials can improve their English language teaching.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey