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PROSPECTIVE EFL TEACHERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE USE OF AUTHENTIC MATERIALS IN EFL READING CLASSES

Abstract

Author(s): Halil brahim KAYA Turgay HAN Nilüfer AYBRD

This study aims to elicit prospective EFL teachers’ attitudes towards the use of authentic reading materials in EFL classrooms. A survey approach was used in this mixed study. Teachers Attitudes Towards the Use of Authentic Materials scale by Ellis (2002), consisting of 50 likert type items, was used to collect quantitative data. Further, the qualitative data was collected through 4 open-ended questions. Conducted with the participation of volunteer 95 trainee teachers selected by applying convenience sampling strategy from a Turkish state university, this study has value as teacher attitudes towards the use of reallife materials in EFL reading classes have not received much attention in Turkey. This study contributes to the detection the teachers’ attitudes towards the impact of these materials on teaching foreign language in Turkey. The analysis of the results indicated that EFL prospective teachers had positive attitudes towards the usage of authentic texts and materials in EFL reading classes. It is implicated that integration of these authentic materials into the language teaching curriculum might be considered by course material designers and educational policy makers in order to enhance the quality of current learning settings

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