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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 264-275
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.388
General Picture of English Language Teaching Programs and Students in Turkey
Mehmet ASMALI
Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, School of Foreign Languages, Antalya, Turkey
Keywords: English Language Teaching, Turkey, English proficiency, University preference factors, ELT statistics

English language teaching (henceforth ELT) has always been criticized due to the performance of Turkey in global English proficiency indices and students’ lack of speaking ability. Despite several attempts to change language teaching programs, it cannot be claimed that the situation has transformed. ELT programs and students studying in these programs as one of the major elements of language teaching and learning issues in the country have been investigated in this study. The statistics regarding ELT programs and ELT students between the years 2016 and 2019 have been taken from YÖK Atlas, an online platform launched by the Council of Higher Education. The statistical data taken from this platform were analyzed, taking students’ gender, educational background, university preferences, and foreign language test mean scores as well as ELT programs’ academic staff, performance in exchange programs, and students’ program preference statistics into account. The statistics indicated the dominance of female students and relatively low English proficiency of the students in ELT programs. Assistant professors were found to be the leading academic staff in these programs. Moreover, ELT students’ preferences with regard to geographical proximity and availability of student exchange programs have been provided in the findings. Finally, some potential future research topics have been suggested.

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