Teaching English in Turkey: Dialogues with teachers about the challenges in public primary schools

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Ayşe Kızıldağ

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Teaching English in Turkey has its own potential problems due to the lack of authentic
language input. Turkey is a foreign language context. This hinders learners in their
mastering English in a short time. Moreover, other problems caused by poor instructional
planning contribute to this process negatively. With these potential hindrances, the present
study aims to seek what other challenges incapacitate primary schools for teaching/learning
of English. Conducted with 20 primary school teachers working at public schools in Turkey,
data were collected using a semi-structured interview. Results show that poor institutional
planning is the main cause of challenges experienced by English language teachers. Besides
this, instructional and socio-cultural/economic problems are the other challenges for
teaching English.

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KIZILDAĞ, Ayşe. Teaching English in Turkey: Dialogues with teachers about the challenges in public primary schools. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 3, p. 188-201, aug. 2017. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <https://iejee.com/index.php/IEJEE/article/view/274>. Date accessed: 16 july 2019.
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