Using Podcast in Listening Activities in Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language

Turkish is one of the languages widely spoken in a region expanding to far eastern Asia from northern Africa and Middle East. Its presence in such a large region has caught the attention of communities who don`t speak Turkish as mother tongue while residing around Turkish spoken environment. Also by intensified relations of world communities, which might be identified as a result of globalism, Turkish is considered one of the foreign languages to be learnt and this made authorities focus on Turkish as a foreign language as a separate field. Meanwhile, people have started to view teaching and learning foreign languages more as tools of communication although authorities approached to teaching in traditional way mostly with grammar oriented methods in the past. Conversely, communicative method or trend methods in teaching foreign languages highlight the importance of meaning of language today. Thus classes require communicative methods which attract students’ attention and motivate them to learn with fun activities. Using podcasts is a way of implementing communicative and authentic language with its two crucial roles in teaching. Firstly, it is made of daily, authentic language developing listening and speaking skills. Secondly, its nature without any limitation in time or place makes it attractive and motivating for learners. By these features, podcasts provide vital progress on teaching and learning language both in and out the class. Hence podcasts are widely used in teaching English as a foreign language; however, they are rarely used in teaching Turkish as a foreign language. Turkish as a foreign language might be provided with the popularity of technological advancements and authentic materials used even out of the class. Considering the facts of last developments in teaching foreign languages in this study, four theme-based podcasts have been developed with twelve activities. Each podcast has real-life based theme which is among B2 level themes of CEFR. Podcasts in these themes are designed with pre, post, while listening activities having goals from CEFR B2 level. The themes are “history”, “vacation”, “education” and “health”. The aim is to develop listening materials enhancing learners listening and communication skills with authentic language based on Turkish used in the daily life. This study includes activities and authentic listening texts which can be easily integrated both into the subject in the class and out of class.

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CEFR, listening, podcast, text, Turkish as a foreign language.


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