Turkish and Foreign Language Education Will Be Reshaped

Turkish and Foreign Language Education Will Be Reshaped
Turkish and Foreign Language Education Will Be Reshaped

Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer said, “From the next academic year, we will focus on language education, strengthen it with different mechanisms and teaching materials, and at the same time reshape the assessment and evaluation system, to a better point.” said.

In his statement on Turkish and language education, Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer stated that there are three subjects that OECD countries focus on in student achievement studies, namely mathematics, science and language literacy.

Expressing that science literacy in Turkey has reached a very good level and that they are trying to strengthen mathematical literacy, Özer said that he will be in Istanbul for three days on May 16-18 to bring together different methods and good practices that will make learning mother tongue and foreign languages ​​easier and permanent. He stated that they will organize the "Good Practices in Language Education: Action Research Conference" that will continue.

Minister Özer gave the following information about the studies on Turkish and foreign language education, which is the focus of the conference: “At the conference organized by the Board of Education and Discipline, the branch teachers should both learn Turkish as a foreign language and learn other languages, make it permanent, and provide other skills rather than just literacy skills in the language. Good examples that will provide expansions in relation to the branches of science will be presented. According to the results of the conference, I hope we will continue on our way with different findings and new initiatives in order to improve our language literacy processes.”

On the question about measuring 4 language proficiency in Turkish and preparing for the exam, Özer said:

“We have an education system in our country that only measures reading comprehension, that is, actively uses mechanisms to measure a single language skill. In fact, as we know from English, international assessment systems have a structure that measures 4 language skills, namely reading comprehension, writing, speaking and listening skills, and improves language skills accordingly. As the Ministry of National Education, we have developed a mechanism that measures these 4 language skills. Pilot applications have been completed. We took a break due to the Kovid-19 process. Now its final form will hopefully be finished. With the results of both the language conference to be held by the Board of Education and Discipline in Istanbul and the pilot studies measuring 4 language skills, I hope that we will focus on language education from the next academic year, strengthen it with different mechanisms and teaching materials, and reshape the assessment and evaluation system at the same time. We will move it to a good point.”

60 good practices for language education and training identified

“Good Practices in Language Education: Action Research Conference” will be held in Istanbul on May 16-18, 2022, as part of the Development of Foreign Language Education (YADEG) Project carried out under the Ministry of National Education Board of Education and Discipline and funded by the Presidency Investment Program.

With the conference, it was translated into Turkish by the Board of Education and Discipline in 2021. kazanIt is aimed to disseminate effective language teaching practices in line with the European Common Application Text Supplementary Volume for the selected languages ​​and to share the educational content developed in this direction with all language teachers across the country.

Invited speakers who are experts in the field of language education, teachers who make a difference with their good practices in the field, and students with their classroom projects in this field will attend the conference. Conference presentations will be made optionally in Turkish or English.

At the conference, where the presentations of the 60 best practices in the teaching of Turkish as a foreign language and English, German, French, Arabic and Russian languages ​​will be made, the presentations will be added to the online platforms of the Ministry and made available to all teachers.

Exhibition on language education studies by students

Students, one of the most important stakeholders of the conference, will also organize a poster exhibition for their work in the field of language education. In this exhibition, poster presentations of works prepared by students and guidance teachers for language education and training will be held. All developments regarding the conference can be followed on the "dilegitimindeiyiuygulamalar.meb.gov.tr" website.

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