Year 2019, Volume 8 , Issue 3, Pages 791 - 806 2019-09-23

The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching

Hande Serdar Tülüce [1]


This paper presents a case study that explored and compared the stated pedagogical beliefs and observed classroom practices of Suna, an experienced EFL teacher, with regard to L2 grammar teaching at a preparatory school of a university in Turkey. A qualitative analysis of the data collected through classroom observations, interviews, and reflective notes indicated the key features of Suna’s classroom practices and her pedagogical beliefs with regard to L2 grammar teaching as well as the correspondence between them. The findings of the study revealed that Suna exhibited, to a great extent, congruence between her stated beliefs and her observed classroom practices regarding L2 grammar teaching. The findings also lend support to the existing literature that highlights the role of contextual factors in mediating the relationship between teacher beliefs and classroom practices such as learner expectations and needs, exams and time constraints. 

English language teaching, Teacher beliefs, Grammar teaching, Classroom practices
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Primary Language en
Subjects Social
Journal Section Research Article
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-1461-2158
Author: Hande Serdar Tülüce (Primary Author)
Institution: ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : September 23, 2019

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APA Serdar Tülüce, H . (2019). The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching. Cumhuriyet Uluslararası Eğitim Dergisi , 8 (3) , 791-806 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/cije/issue/48894/559049
MLA Serdar Tülüce, H . "The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching". Cumhuriyet Uluslararası Eğitim Dergisi 8 (2019 ): 791-806 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/cije/issue/48894/559049>
Chicago Serdar Tülüce, H . "The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching". Cumhuriyet Uluslararası Eğitim Dergisi 8 (2019 ): 791-806
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ISNAD Serdar Tülüce, Hande . "The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching". Cumhuriyet Uluslararası Eğitim Dergisi 8 / 3 (September 2019): 791-806 .
AMA Serdar Tülüce H . The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching. CIJE. 2019; 8(3): 791-806.
Vancouver Serdar Tülüce H . The Correspondence Between Beliefs and Practices of an EFL Teacher Regarding L2 Grammar Teaching. Cumhuriyet Uluslararası Eğitim Dergisi. 2019; 8(3): 806-791.