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Pages: 5946-5957
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-616-8412-0
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain

THE AGE FACTOR – TAPPING THE STUDENT’S AGE RELATED POTENTIAL

O.S. Ozturk

Yahya Kemal College (MACEDONIA)
This paper is a part of an ongoing research, namely “AN ANALYSIS OF THE EFL LEARNERS IN A MULTICULTURAL ELT ENVIRONMENT: THE CASE OF A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN MACEDONIA”. In this part of my study I tried to answer the question, “What adjustments can be made to the ELT methodology to tap the age related potential of the student?” My premises are; Age is not a decisive biological factor in foreign language learning. But still, it can be a factor in terms of language teaching methodology. Teenagers are at the right age to learn a language since they carry the features of both childhood and adulthood. Language learning is enhanced when we take the character of teenagers into consideration. Following this thought sequence I asked the research question: To what extent is age a factor in ELT in terms of language teaching methodology? To find an answer to the research question, I selected the first semester (September-December) of the academic year 2013-2014. I made various alterations in the English curriculum so that I could address the targeted teenage characteristics (i.e. cognitive, emotional, social and moral) maximally. I planned various activities to promote development in all these four areas such as the detection of literal or figurative meanings in written and visual materials, discussion activities, activities require group-work, social responsibility projects, and activities to promote sense of identity. I observed the students during this period and at the end of the research period I conducted an interview. The results of the interview showed that the students enjoyed and benefited the new curriculum.
@InProceedings{OZTURK2014AGE,
author = {Ozturk, O.S.},
title = {THE AGE FACTOR – TAPPING THE STUDENT’S AGE RELATED POTENTIAL},
series = {8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2014 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-8412-0},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {10-12 March, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {5946-5957}}
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SN - 978-84-616-8412-0/2340-1079
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CI - Valencia, Spain
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O.S. Ozturk (2014) THE AGE FACTOR – TAPPING THE STUDENT’S AGE RELATED POTENTIAL, INTED2014 Proceedings, pp. 5946-5957.
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