THE USE OF MULTIMEDIA IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING

Z.C. Karababa, A. Alper

Ankara University (TURKEY)
Foreign language learning can take place in various environments. Nowadays various foreign language teaching materials are designed through multimedia environments. A foreign language course can be richer, more authentic and more effective by use of multimedia. The purpose of this research is to provide an example of a study design by integrating the Turkish language with the Turkish culture and by using authentic materials for those who learn Turkish as a foreign language in their homeland. Authentic materials can be defined as materials which are not prepared for the purposes of language teaching, but produced as written or spoken language during real communication. As it is known, use of authentic materials in foreign language learning has been discussed extensively within the framework of communicative language teaching as well. Needs of learners who learn Turkish in Turkey and those who learn Turkish in their homeland are totally different. Learners who learn Turkish in their homeland are deprived of such supportive factors as daily language learning environment and cultural elements. Teaching Turkish in other countries is generally based on textbooks, but there is also a need for teaching Turkish through visual and audio instruments such as graphic and animation in computer aided multimedia environments. Therefore, this research aims at offering examples and proposals by way of using multimedia supported materials to fill this gap for learners who learn Turkish in their homeland.