Review of Research Perspectives on Teaching and Learning English in Turkey: Policies and Practices
Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). As there is an escalating demand for learning and teaching English both in Turkey and around the world, professionals in the field are obliged to enhance the quality of educational standards in English language teaching and learning. Working as a catalyst of success and excellence, research is apparently an integral part of
... integral part of this endeavor. The compelling need to develop and emphasize research culture has also been strongly felt for over a decade in Turkey. In their review, focusing on research studies conducted between the years of 2005 and 2009, Alptekin and Tatar (2011) state that the increasing number of ELT conferences, journals published by faculties of education and semi-independent organizations with a university affiliation, and doctoral dissertations inspire more people to do research on English language teaching and learning in Turkey, particularly at the tertiary level as most research is conducted by university-based academics and practitioners. However, as Alptekin and Tatar (2011) highlight, there is still a need for improvement of research studies in the fields of ELL and ELT in countries where English is taught as a foreign language. In this respect, Research Perspectives on Teaching and Learning English in Turkey: Policies and Practices, edited by Yasemin Bayyurt and Yeşim Bektaş-Çetinkaya, can be considered as a collection of more recent research, which reflects the big picture of English teaching and learning studies in Turkey. As there are not many edited books compiled of research reports in this field, this particular one can be considered as a valuable source with its authors who are all leading authorities in the field in Turkey.