Author(s): Aslı Özlem TARAKÇIOĞLU, Erkan YÜCE

This study aims to find out whether content-based language instruction improves students’ foreign language receptive skills at the engineering faculty. The study was conducted with 50 students from the department of Mechanical Engineering during the fall term of 2012/2013 academic year. Participants consisted of two groups, one target group and one control group. Pretests were applied to both groups at the beginning of the term. Content-based language instruction was implemented to the target group while traditional foreign language courses were implemented to the control group. At the end of the term both groups were given the posttests. The data obtained from the study were evaluated by using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) for Windows 20.0 program. In the comparison of quantitative data of the study, descriptive statistical methods (Mean, Standard Deviation) as well as Independent Samples Test were used. The results point out that the use of content-based language instruction significantly develops students’ receptive skills in the foreign language courses at the engineering faculty


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