International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1949-4270   |  e-ISSN: 1949-4289

Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2021, Vol. 16(1) 210-235

Yunus Emre Institute Students' Views on the Distance Turkish Learning Portal 

Umut Başar & Önder Çangal

pp. 210 - 235   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/epasr.2020.334.12   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2011-29-0003.R1

Published online: March 24, 2021  |   Number of Views: 87  |  Number of Download: 201


Abstract

Only a few applications to teach Turkish as a foreign language through remote or distance learning platforms have been developed in recent years in Turkey. Distance Turkish Learning Portal (DTLP), developed by Yunus Emre Institute to teach Turkish remotely, is one of these applications. An unexpected interest in this practice was observed after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the portal is still in the trial phase. For this reason, although user feedback is vital in order to improve the portal, no academic research on this issue has been conducted yet. In this context, the researcher aims to evaluate the Distance Turkish Learning Portal as regards students' opinions. For this purpose, a qualitative research model, which is frequently used in educational sciences, was used to collect data, and a subsequent case study was carried out for an in-depth evaluation of their beliefs. The methods were employed to effectively and reliably collect data on learners’ beliefs on the issue in question. Data was collected through a Google form that was shared with the participants. As a result of the research, it is understood that the participants enjoyed using the portal in that, firstly, it is free; secondly, it provides the opportunity to get to know Turkish culture, and finally, it also supports autonomous and self-learning. On the other hand, the technical infrastructure of the portal is insufficient, and there is no instructional or tutorial support, lack of interactive speaking features, besides the number of videos have been found to be inadequate by the users. At the end of the study, based on the findings, some suggestions were offered by the researchers to improve the Distance Turkish Learning Portal.

Keywords: Distance Learning Turkish, Learner Views, Language Teaching, Yunus Emre Institute


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Basar, U. & Cangal, O. (2021). Yunus Emre Institute Students' Views on the Distance Turkish Learning Portal  . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 16(1), 210-235. doi: 10.29329/epasr.2020.334.12

Harvard
Basar, U. and Cangal, O. (2021). Yunus Emre Institute Students' Views on the Distance Turkish Learning Portal  . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 16(1), pp. 210-235.

Chicago 16th edition
Basar, Umut and Onder Cangal (2021). "Yunus Emre Institute Students' Views on the Distance Turkish Learning Portal  ". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 16 (1):210-235. doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.334.12.

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