Students’ Experiences of English-Medium Courses at Tertiary Level: A Case in Southern Turkey

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Number of pages: 61-70
Year-Number: 2019-Volume 11, Issue 1

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Universities offering EMI programmes have been gaining popularity at tertiary level. In line with the increase in the number of these programmes, there appears to be an increasing interest in investigating the effectiveness of EMI programmes. This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of EMI programmes through undergraduate students’ views in a state university located in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. The data were gathered from fourth year undergraduate students in the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. These students represented this, relatively new, university’s first groups to be graduating from EMI programmes. The participants of the study were six males and six females. The present study employed the descriptive survey research design. The students were selected through quota sampling. In this study, focus group interviews were carried out in order to collect rich, descriptive data with regards to students’ views on EMI. Recent studies carried out at tertiary level and reports prepared by the institutions were analysed in order to determine semi-structured interview questions, and eight questions were designed to reveal students’ views on EMI programmes. The data gathered through focus group meetings were analysed through content analysis. The findings suggest most of the participants said that the contribution of EMI programmes to the English required for the students’ subject was big, and EMI programmes had an important effect on students’ motivation. However; most of the participants stated that their proficiency in English had not had a steady improvement throughout their education.

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