Education Publications

Author :Bünyamin Celik

Abstract: This study will handle extensive reading and its impacts on foreign language learning. There is much research on it and how it differs from intensive reading. This study reviewed the related literature and looked into adult learners of English in elementary and pre-intermediate level. Certain types of vocabulary was picked from a story and the participants’ knowledge was tested before and after reading in order to check and note down the changes that extensive reading provided. Moreover, their knowledge about sentence structure was also examined and the change of attitude was inserted in the study. Although extensive reading has nothing or very little with pronunciation, some important points were illuminated in the study.

JOURNAL :  International Journal of English Linguistics

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  Communicative competence is a term which alludes to tacit knowledge of language and the ability to understand and use the language effectively for communication purposes. Simply put, it refers to the ability of forming correct utterances and using them appropriately. This paper looks briefly at the concept of communicative competence and how it is acquired. The second issue that the paper raises is the components of different communicative competence models which are seen as central to further language development. Finally, the paper summarizes the essence and core tenets of communicative language teaching.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of English Linguistics

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Abstract:  It cannot be said that education today in institutions is better than the previous century. Because in the past, students’ mind was not as full of time-consuming things like spending enormous time in front of a computer or a television as today. Subsequently, teachers used to concentrate their job well and students used to focus on the study better because there was nothing serious except studying. On the other hand, it can be said that the youth today are not eager to learn as yesterday. Because of the fact that they are economically free and supported, they do not worry about failing in the exams supposing that they can possess the questions somehow easily and pass the exams. As a result, they think that whatever they want, they can simply gain without pain. Doing homework or extra studies are a torture from students' perspective. As lecturers we are we have to find much more tactics to motivate students in this education era. Hence, extracurricular activities might play a great role for motivating them to study and on their study achievement if they are used in institutions effectively. In my research article educators’ observations and extracurricular activities’ positive impact on weak language learners will be mentioned. Keywords: Extracurricular, impact, observation, education, achievement.

JOURNAL:  Advances in Language and Literary Studies

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  Grammar instruction is one of the most difficult issues of language teaching. Context-based grammar holds an important place for effective learning. It will be more motivating for learners if grammar is taught in context as students will have an opportunity to perceive how the new grammar structures work. Grammar rules are made easier if they are given in a context and teaching grammar in context provides accuracy in the target language. This article explains why we should teach grammar in context and presents two sample lessons.

JOURNAL:  Theory and Practice in Language Studies

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Author :Venera Ulker

Abstract:  The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of using students’ presentations on improving English language skills of adult learners and assess its potency to reach the expected learning outcomes. The research was conducted in the Continuing Education Center, Ishik University, Erbil, KRG, Iraq. The target population consisted of 23 English language learners (university graduates, and currently working in the sphere of Education). This study consisted of three major phases: first, explanation, preparation, presentation of the students’ works on the topic of interest and observation of students’ performance, second, teacher-student and student-student discussion of the video-recorded presentations. The last step was the application of the survey, which was designed to measure the participants’ attitude toward the mini-projects they presented in the class. The data were analyzed by means of frequency and percentage, as well as a summarization of the discussions. The main findings show that students’ attitude toward oral presentations, prepared on the topic of their own interest, have a positive attitude on students’ motivation toward learning English and help the adult learners to improve their language in general, and the productive skills in particular.

JOURNAL:  IJSSES

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Author: Tahsin Yagci

Abstract:  Almost there is nowhere that we don’t use permeated smart technology. Increasingly developing mobile and wireless innovations forced us to integrate them to all fields in our lives. The latest trend in education is now blended learning and applications of mobile learning in educational environments. Pervasive and augmented usage of social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Bloggers etc. forced educators consider integrating social educational platforms into their academic curriculum. Furthermore the advancement in mobile device technologies with internet connectivity made mobile blended learning inevitable. Thus, for a long time educators are determent to adapt mobile learning for their lessons. So teaching evolves 7/24 through social mobile platforms. In my study I will clarify how to use social mobile media and devices in EFL teaching. Especially, there will be significant strategies how to enhance students’ reading skills using Edmodo in my lessons practically. Advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning will be discussed in my paper. We will have an overview of learners’ attitudes about social media and mobile learning platforms. What kind of reading tasks could be given through on Edmodo? How will be the assessment in this process? Are there any collaborative learning methods in Edmodo? All these and more questions are going to be enlightened in this study.

JOURNAL:   Advances in Language and Literary Studies

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Authors: Naci Yildiz & Nikoloz Parjanadze & Mustafa Albay

Abstract:  Though speaking has been considered as the most important skill in foreign language learning process, listening has a fundamental value because learning does not occur without comprehensible input. Listening is a complex process in which learners must do analysis to accurately interpret. In listening learners need to interpret with a speaker to construct meaning. This study tries to find out whether listening strategies are effective to influence listening comprehension and the major goal of the study is to reveal whether pre-listening, while- listening and post-listening activities are the most important to decipher the main idea of a listening text. It has been found that while-listening questions play the major role in comprehension of listening materials.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Diana Mtchedlishvili & Hamdi Serin

Abstract:   The enhancement of motivation and enthusiasm by the use of interactive whiteboard has improved self- esteem, encouragement and success of many learners who have found mathematics difficult. This study aims to investigate whether the use of interactive whiteboard in mathematics classes promotes motivation of learners which facilitates learning process. 40 lecturers and 40 students were surveyed in the study and the results have been compared and it has been found that interactive whiteboard enhances interactivity, motivates learners and facilitates learning in mathematics classes.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Mustafa Altun

Abstract:  This paper briefly discusses existing models of communicative competence. Theory of communicative competence, which started in the late 1960s, originates from Chomsky‘s distinction of competence and performance. Chomsky‘s term ‘linguistic competence’ was found narrow and inadequate so Hymes, Canale and Swain, and Bachman and Palmer elaborated on this term and introduced broader definitions.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Naci Yildiz & Mustafa Albay

Abstract:  Listening comprehension is the ability to receive the messages sent by speakers. Yet it is not always easy to decipher these messages and construct meaning. There are factors that should be taken into account in listening comprehension. These factors enable listening materials become comprehensible for the learners. This study has tried to explore the factors which affect listening comprehension of learners. This study has mainly focused on factors which affect listening comprehension of Iraqi foreign language learners at Ishik University. The study has listed ten factors in terms of their significance and provided some useful strategies to improve listening comprehension.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Hamdi Serin

Abstract:  The successful embedding of technology within educational settings has enabled teaching practice effectively and efficiently to yield more positive outcomes. The pervasive use of technological tools across educational institutions offers opportunities to develop skills of learners further. Technology in teaching and learning is conducive to achieving educational goals. This study discusses the impact of technology on education and how technology-led educational tools infuse whole class teaching.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Emine Bala

Abstract:  There are many ways generated by the linguists to teach the language items in EFL classroom; however, bringing ̳realia‘ into the classroom is one of the most effective ways to create an enjoyable class atmosphere and acquire the target language efficiently. Especially, low-level students may suffer from obtaining what teacher presents because they have no chance to synthesize what they learn in the class with real life situations. Using real objects and materials gives students opportunity to experience real life in the class atmosphere and this may facilitate and accelerate their learning process. Accordingly, using visuals stimulates students to maintain studying on the language because practicing the topic with visuals assists students to get involved in more powerful learning. This study illustrates an investigation based on a 20-question exam paper whether getting support from realia augments the students‘ success in the examination or not. Two elementary-level EFL classes took part in this project. Looking at the results, the students who were taught with realia showed more success compared to the others who were not taught with visuals during teaching.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Azize Kavlu

Abstract:  The article aim is to shed light on the problem of reading in EFL context and also refer to non – Latin Arabic alphabet learners‘ challenges. Researcher tried to analyze myriad research articles to explore the common EFL learners‘ difficulties and problems on the way of English reading and comprehension and bunch together the implemented methods (techniques) and go through generated suggestions and feasible solutions. The marshal factors will provide benefits to educators in EFL context (EFL school teachers, university lecturers, people whose concern is EFL development).

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Mustafa Tosun & Yunus Yildiz

Abstract:  This article aims to discover and offer the doctrine on why ECAs should be considered as warm up activities, when they should be conducted as warm up activities, which type of learning skills can be applied during the English language teaching process by emphasizing on the relations between ECAs as warm-up activities and repetitions and whether warm-ups and repetitions are both really close conceptions as scientific terms or not. Furthermore, the relation between memory and repetition will be demonstrated.

JOURNAL:   International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Naci Yildiz & Mustafa Albay

Abstract:  Communication occurs as long as people receive and send messages which require good listening and speaking skills. Listeners listen, understand and respond in a communication process; therefore without understanding the speaker, learners fail to convey messages. Listening comprehension provides learners meaningful input to enhance their linguistic knowledge. This study investigated the role of listening comprehension in development of communicative competence and found that learners developed high communicative competence by language input provided by listening to language materials.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Emine Bala

Abstract:  Storytelling is one of the oldest ways of education and oral tradition that is continuously being used to transfer the previous nation‘s cultures, tradition and customs. It constructs a bridge between the new and the old. Storytelling in EFL classes usually provides a meaningful context, interesting atmosphere and is used as a tool to highly motivate students. Although it seems to be mostly based on speaking, it is used to promote other skills such as writing, reading, and listening. Storytelling is mainly regarded to be grounded on imitation and repetition; nevertheless many creative activities can be implemented in the classroom since this method directs learners to use their imaginations. This study discusses the importance of storytelling as a teaching method, and it outlines the advantages of storytelling in EFL classes.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Mustafa Tosun & Yunus Yildiz

Abstract:  Educator`s job is sacrificing because all the great personalities made are their fruits. Therefore, they have to dedicate themselves to build a golden generation. This work is not easy as it is thought to be. Hence, they have to be spiritually and materialistically wealthy. Learners in institution today are mostly aimless and purposeless. They need motivators, guiders or inspirers who give aims to the learners sufficiently. In this article, how aim-based education can be given to learners, the role of educators and moral values will be mentioned.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Authors: Tamuna Khetaguri & Mzia Zangaladze & Mustafa Albay

Abstract:   It is believed that when learners are exposed to the target language excessively, they will have more practice to develop their language proficiency, for that reason the use of L1 in the language classroom is insistently avoided. However, if learners fail to understand in the target language, they cannot learn effectively; therefore, the use of first language (L1) in language classes should not be prohibited. Learning occurs in the target language (TL) in the language classroom based on the fact that learners understand activities. Thus, L1 has a facilitating factor in the language learning process. This study aims to put forth the benefits of using L1 in second language (L2) learning.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Mustafa Serbes

Abstract:  In the Turkmen version of Koroglu Legend, there exist lots of country, city and place names belonging to the Turkish world and neighboring folks. The places in the legend are not only composed of Turkmen lands and neighbors, but there are other extraordinary places like Kaf Mountain as well. The hero of the legend, Koroglu, has connections with neighboring places because of various reasons. In the most of the sections, Koroglu organizes wars against the neighboring countries and cities. He imposes a tax on some of those countries and cities. Arzılum (Erzurum) is also one of the cities in which Koroglu is interested. Although it’s far from Turkmen geography, Erzurum takes place in the Turkmen version of the legend. The city is described in details. In the most sections of the legend, the name and the characteristics of the city, particularly “Erhasan and Tellihan” take place. In this study, the materials related to Erzurum, which is located in twenty one sections of the Turkmen version of Koroglu Legend, have been analyzed. The information given about the city has been evaluated, particularly by moving from the section of “Erhasan and Tellihan”.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Emine Bala

Abstract:  It has been searched for years which system or method in foreign language teaching may contribute to enhance students‘ language acquisition. Most of these systems or methods have based on performing with an instructor in a classroom. Even though many disciplines have been acted just in classroom for ages, new methods have emerged that consolidate traditional methods by means of the evolvement in technologic areas. One of these models is ―blended learning‖, also known as ―hybrid learning‖, which is the combination of face to face learning and online learning in a formal program. The purpose of this study is to find out the attitudes of students that use blended learning in private secondary schools. The researcher composed a survey questionnaire and the results were analyzed based on quantitative method.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  There is an increasingly high relationship between reading and speaking skills. There is no question that people who develop large reading vocabularies tend to develop large speaking vocabularies. Indeed, reading power relies on continuous improvement in vocabulary knowledge that provides communication. The importance of word knowledge, which facilitates speaking skills, has been a major resource in the development of reading skills. Therefore fostering improvement in word knowledge through wide reading has the potential for fostering improvement in speaking skills. This article focuses on how printed words relate to spoken words and finally how reading contributes to speech.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of English Linguistics

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  Vocabulary is an indispensable part of a language. It is vitally needed to express meaning. Teaching English vocabulary, an important field in language teaching, is worthy of effort. In order our students to acquire reading, listening, speaking and writing skills we need to help students with developing their vocabulary knowledge. Vocabulary learning is essential to the development of language skills. Recently the importance of vocabulary learning and teaching has been considerably emphasized. One of the most effective ways of vocabulary learning is guessing the meanings of words from context. The purpose of this study is to show why guessing the meaning of unknown words from context clues is a very important learning strategy and how it is done efficiently.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  Reading is an important part of successful language acquisition. Motivating young learners to learn English through stories at an early age provides them the opportunity to widen their horizons and stimulate their early enthusiasm and enhance their awareness of the rich use of English. Stories are unquestionably a significant part of children’s literacy development. When we read to our children, we do not confine them to academic excellence but extend into their emotional and behavioral learning (Ai Lian Kim, 2008). Reading at an early age is essential. Therefore, this article focuses on how to spark student’s interest towards English through stories and how stories develop their language learning.

JOURNAL:  English Language Teaching

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  Passionate teachers are distinguished by their commitment to achievement of their students. Commitment is an essential element of successful teaching. Committed teachers are concerned with the development of their students and they profoundly struggle how to keep students’ learning. They cultivate students’ curiosity and interest in learning. Showing commitment to student learning can be an important factor in motivating students. Committed teachers recognize and endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities to their students. The degree of loyalty of committed teachers have, toward their profession is one of their distinguished characters. Teachers, who are engaged in their profession and committed to students and their learning, play a crucial role in development of students.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development

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Authors: Mustafa Serbes & Mustafa Albay

Abstract:  Every society is composed of individuals who share a common culture thorough the language they use. The continuity of this culture and its transmission to the other generations are mostly made through the language. The literary works are those transponders that convey the cultural heritage of the nations to the future and put a light on the past. Although literature is supposed to do so, the language is shaped in the hands of master of languages; namely, literary men. As famous Russian literary critic, writer and philosopher Belinski said, literature is the best expression of a nation’s spirit in the medium of language. In another word, the literature is to add something from the soul, feelings into the work of art by using language.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Mustafa Albay

Abstract:  Grammar plays a key role in foreign language teaching since comprehension does not occur without it. Grammar allows language learners to shape the order and organization of knowledge they acquire in the learning process. Learners become aware of functions of language through grammar knowledge, thus to progress effectively in the target language, grammar is essential. When learners understand the language concepts such as adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, etc. they stand a better chance of using the language with great capability. Grammar teaching is drawing the attention of learners through using instructional techniques to some specific grammatical structures to help them understand and process it. The better learners understand the use of grammatical structures, the more competence they have for using the language skills. This article compares five instructional methods in language teaching in terms of grammar teaching.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Hamdi Serin

Abstract:  Teaching students from diverse backgrounds requires more than sufficient. Very often battles occur among students due to not understanding each other’s values. This study presents experience of a teacher who teaches students from diverse religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. As disrespect, misunderstanding and intolerance were common in the class, it was difficult for the teacher to advance respect among the students for diversity. In order to encourage the students to embrace diversity, the teacher made them introduce their cultures through presentations in the classroom. Although at the beginning the students continued to tease each other by making fun of each other’s cultural values, after some time it was discovered that they were entering the classroom with a real respect and tolerance for diversity.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

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Author: Çağrı Tuğrul Mart

Abstract:  It has been widely advocated that insistence on English-only policy and the complete prohibition of L1 would maximize the effect of learning L2 but recent studies demonstrate that the appropriate use of L1 has a facilitating role in L2 classroom. This study attempts to demonstrate that the use of L1 in ESL classes does not hinder foreign language learning.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences

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Author: Çağrı Tuğrul Mart

Abstract:  Teaching phrasal verbs is a difficult area. Many a study has proved that contextualization has an important positive effect on the ability of the students to decipher the correct meaning of a phrasal verb. In this article you will read some useful approaches to the presentation of phrasal verbs through context to improve the students' level of understanding. This article also suggests some other useful tips for teaching phrasal verbs.

JOURNAL:  English Language Teaching

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Author: Çağrı Tuğrul Mart

Abstract:  Teaching necessitates passion, dedication, and commitment. Teachers, critical factors of any education system, play an important role in promoting education by enhancing the abilities of students through their work in schools. Commitment is highly related to teachers’ work performance. Teacher commitment deeply contributes to future of students and schools. Committed teachers make a difference to the success of the school and the learning of the students.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences

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Author: Cagri Tugrul Mart

Abstract:  The Audio-Lingual method aims to develop communicative competence of students through dialogues. Dialogues and pattern drills that students need to repeat are used to form habits in learners that will allow them to develop quick and automatic responses. Drills are useful in foreign language teaching in that they give students the opportunity to perform what they have learnt. The objective of this study is to demonstrate how the use of Audio-Lingual method facilitates learning a foreign language.

JOURNAL:  International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences

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