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 situation of French as a second foreign language in secondary education institutions in Turkey

Nahide Arslan
  • Nahide Arslan
  • Institute of Education Sciences, Bursa Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 13 January 2021
  •  Accepted: 28 February 2022
  •  Published: 31 March 2022

Abstract

This study aims to quantitatively analyse the situation of French as a second foreign language in secondary education institutions in Turkey. Regarding presenting a comparative analysis, the study is limited to German as a second foreign language, currently included in the curriculum of secondary education institutions in Turkey, and are excluded fewer common languages such as Chinese, Spanish, Italian, etc. The research was carried out with the descriptive survey model. The questionnaire prepared within the scope of the study was sent to the Ministry of National Education, the Strategy Development Unit. Since the situation of French and German teaching programmes of the universities in Turkey should be determined, the Higher Education Undergraduate Curriculum Guidelines and Placement Results, published by the Student Selection and Placement Centre between the years 2010-2021, were analysed in terms of various variables. The data were subjected to descriptive analysis and presented in Tables. According to the results, it was determined that French teaching programmes are located in fewer universities than that German, and the number of quotas at universities is lower than in German teaching programmes. Additionally, the number of schools with French as a second foreign language is significantly behind German, and there are significant differences between the number of French and German teachers. As a result, it can be claimed that the need in the field is met with paid teachers due to the lack of appointments to existing positions.

 

Key words: French as a second foreign language, Ministry of National Education (MEB), Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM), secondary education institutions, Higher Education Council (YÖK).