An Exploration of the Views of Turkish EFL Instructors on Pronunciation Teaching

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Bayram S.

TECHNIUM SOCIAL SCIENCES JOURNAL (TSSJ), vol.21, no.1, pp.275-280, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Indexes: HeinOnline-Law Journal Library, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.275-280
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Abstract. The aim of this study was to investigate the views of Turkish EFL instructors in higher

education institution on English pronunciation teaching. The study was conducted with 156

instrcutors working at English preparatory programs in various foundation universities in

İstanbul. The research was conducted with a mixed method approach. Quantitative data was

gathered by means of a questionnaire; and semi structured interviews were carried out to gather

qualitative data. The results of the study shed light on the perspectives of Turkish EFL instructors

on pronunciation teaching and their pronunciation teaching practices. The general tendency of

the participants was slightly positive in terms of the importance attached to pronunciation

teaching and significant differences were found between pronunciation teaching practices and

taking phonology classes and years of experience. The analysis of the interview also supported

the questionnaire results regarding views of instructors on pronunciation. In addition, the results

revealed that the instructors in the study focus on segmental features, mostly using repetition and

exercises limited to the course books they use while teaching pronunciation. The results also

revealed that instructors needed education on pronunciation and pronunciation teaching.

Keywords. pronunciation, self-perspectives, pronunciation teaching practices