Mapping Students Opinions on the Effectiveness of the Layered Curriculum in the 9th Grade English Lesson

Burhan ÜZÜM, Ata PESEN
2019 Hacettepe University Journal of Education  
Considering that each individual has intelligence domain and prefers different learning styles, it is necessary to effectively and efficiently arrange the learning environment in which the language will be taught to meet the individual's need of language learning. Students' being active in the learning process and bearing the responsibility of their own learning promote permanent learning. Thus, the effectiveness of the layered curriculum in the 9 th English lesson that removes monotony and
more » ... es monotony and makes learning enjoyable from the viewpoint of students was the aim to be explored in this paper. Based on the qualitative research method, the study group was 34 ninth grade students in one of the Anatolian High Schools in Siirt in 2016-2017 academic year. The applications were conducted within the scope of the unit-Seven Wonders in the ninth grade Eglish lesson and framework of the layered curriculum. Oral defenses for the activities were required from students and the activities they carried out were photographed. Through these oral defenses, students were monitored whether they really learnt or not, and their opinions about the applications were elicited. These oral defenses were then analyzed through document review in parallel with semi-structured interview forms. As a result of the analysis, themes, categories, and codes were created and then presented to experts for their reliability. The data obatined was shown in tables using frequency and percentage. At the end of the study, it was demonstrated that students regarded layered curriculum as studentcentered, and that they revealed it contributed to develeopment of the academic skills like research, presentation, team work, planning, and such language skills as reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Also, it was observed that students chose activities taking into account scuh criterias as being easy, fitting to their skills and being didactic. They revealed that they used research methods while preparing the activities, and that they chose the activities appropriate to their learning styles. ÖZET: Öğrenme ortamındaki her bireyin farklı zekâ alanlarına sahip olduğu ve birbirinden farklı öğrenme yollarını tercih ettiği düşünüldüğünde, bireylerin yabancı dil öğrenmeye duyduğu gereksinimi karşılamak için yabancı dil öğretiminin yapılacağı ortamın etkili ve verimli bir şekilde düzenlenmesi gerekir. Öğrenme ortamında öğrencilerin aktif olmaları ve kendi öğrenmelerinin sorumluluğunu almaları öğrenmeyi daha kalıcı hale getirmektedir. Bütün bunların ışığında, bu çalışma ile öğrenme ortamını tek düzelikten kurtarıp öğrenmeyi zevkli hale getiren basamaklı öğretim programının 9. sınıf İngilizce dersinde uygulanmasının öğrencilerin görüşlerine etkisinin incelenmesi amaçlanmıştır. Nitel araştırma yöntemine dayalı olan çalışmada, çalışma grubunu 2016-2017 akademik yılında Siirt il * This article has been adapted from the Master Thesis of the first author "The effect of layered curriclum on 9th grade students' learning styles and academic achievement in English lesson", under the supervision of the second author.
doi:10.16986/huje.2019053942 fatcat:3ixghe6oyvbndn4xfkgmlfsq3u