Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

The relationship between self-confidence and learning Turkish as a foreign language

Hayrettin TUNÇEL
  • Hayrettin TUNÇEL
  • Turkish Language Department, Canakkale, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 16 August 2015
  •  Accepted: 18 September 2015
  •  Published: 23 September 2015


The purpose of this study is to identify whether there is a relationship between learning Turkish as a foreign language, and to what extent, if there is such a relationship. A screening model was used in this qualitative research study. Finding out the existence of a relationship between the subjects’ self-confidence, and their success in learning Turkish as a foreign language was aimed without modifying or influencing them. Participants of the study included 53 students attending A1 level Turkish as a foreign language program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Two different tools including a survey and a final exam were used to collect data. The final exam results and the survey data were transferred into SPSS. All percentages, statistical comparisons, and ratings were figured out using the SPSS software. At the end of the study, it was concluded that subjects with higher self-confidence were more successful than the subjects with lower self-confidence, and self-confidence led to a more positive outcome in learning Turkish. It was also concluded that speaking more than one language had a positive effect on learning Turkish.

Key words: Self-confidence, foreign language achievement, Turkish as a foreign language.