Higher Education Research
The State of English in Higher Education in Turkey was published on 25 November 2015 by the British Council and is one of the largest baseline studies of its kind in Turkey with 38 universities in 15 cities across Turkey taking part in the study. With over 400 teachers and 4,300 student surveys, 65 observed lessons, over 350 teachers taking part in focus groups, and over 72 interviews with senior managers, the report presents many questions and explores the strengths of and the challenges faced by teachers and learners of English in higher education institutions in Turkey.
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The British Council has held 3 major events to discuss the recommendations on how to improve the current English provision at tertiary level with various stakeholders across the three major cities in Turkey.
The report and the dissemination conferences have contributed to the development of national quality standards for language teaching and supported the formation of the local accreditation board for language teaching (DEDAK).
The publication of the report has also led to The Council of Higher Education’s (YÖK) formation of a task force with the rectors of the leading English Medium Universities (EMI) universities to improve standards in EMI which led to changes in EMI policy.
From an institutional perspective, the British Council was invited to universities by Rectors and Directors of Schools of Foreign Languages to provide support and guidance on how to overcome some of the barriers of implementing English Medium Instruction.
Since its launch, the State of English in Higher Education in Turkey has generated major discussions around quality assurance in HE and has supported major policy change from the Council of Higher Education in Turkey.
- The Council of Higher Education (YÖK) in Turkey put out a call for recommendations on how to improve the processes around Foreign Language Education in the HE context and
- In March 2016 new standards were introduced for EMI lecturers in English Medium Universities.