The effect of creative drama on teaching fixed expressions in the teaching of Turkish as a foreign language

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Ataturk University, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Türkçe ve Sosyal Bilimler Eğitimi Anabilim Dalı, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Muhsine Börekçi


Purpose: Creative drama is one of the teaching methods and a discipline on its own in modern education system. It is quite effective in the teaching of the native language and foreign language and it is aimed at learning. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of creative drama method used in teaching Turkish as a foreign language on the teaching of fixed expressions. Method: The study was conducted on students learning Turkish at B1 level, by using quasi-experimental design with a pre-test, post-test control group (n=37) design. For 6 weeks (18 hours), the students were taught a total of 293 fixed expressions compiled by the researcher from the related literature, by giving examples within various contexts and by using two different teaching methods. The results were analyzed with parametric t test to make intergroup and intragroup comparisons on the data which were normally distributed. Pearson test was used to analyze the relationships between students' the number of languages they knew, their ages, their gender, their country and scores. P<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Findings: The results of the study showed significant difference in groups' post-test scores (p = 0.034). The variables of age and number of foreign languages were not found to have a significant effect on students' scores (P>0.05). In the self-assessment forms obtained from the students, it was found that 83,33% stated that fixed expressions were important and 70% stated that leaning fixed expressions made their daily lives easier. 55,7% of the students stated that creative drama technique positively affected their individual development and language learning skills. Results: Based on these findings, it is thought that using creative drama technique in teaching Turkish to foreigners and teaching fixed expressions in the lesson curriculum will contribute to students' language education.