Factors Affecting the Implementation of Primary School English Language Teaching Programs in Turkey

Abstract

Due to the influence of globalization and endeavors to meet the demands of the changing world,
English has been taught as a foreign language in Turkey for years, and English language teaching
programs (ELTP) in Turkey has gone through three major changes with the introduction of the 1997, 2006 and 2013 curriculum changes. In line with this, several evaluation studies investigated the primary school English teaching programs from various aspects including the factors affecting the implementation. Thus, this study aimed at investigating the primary school English language teaching program evaluation studies related to the 1997, 2006 and 2013 ELTPs from the perspective of factors hindering the implementation. As an integrative literature review of 66 studies, findings of this study show that teacher and teacher-related issues were among the main factors as well as course hour, class size and L1 mastery, common to each program change hindering the implementation of ELTPs.

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