Year 2018, Volume 7 , Issue 1, Pages 42 - 56 2018-03-31

A Phenomenological Study Concerning Turkish EFL Teachers’ Views on Differentiated Instruction

Erhan GÜLŞEN [1]

When implemented efficaciously, differentiated instruction (DI) is likely to provide scrupulous outcomes in its own right both for the language teacher and English language learners. However, it is also prone to presenting some obstacles, especially in countries like Turkey, where the common instruction is mostly given in mainstream classrooms. The purpose of this study was to ascertain Turkish EFL teachers’ views upon the rewarding sides of DI and the hindrances in its implementation. To achieve this goal, perceptions of ten Turkish EFL teachers, who had been applying DI in the same school for a certain time, were collected through written interviews. Data were analysed using phenomenological study techniques. Six major themes were derived from the analysis: heeding learners’ needs, boosting learner confidence, establishing better rapport, promoting involvement and interaction, experiencing difficulties in implementation and confronting mandatory interventions. These were quite relevant to understanding the contextual issues faced in the implementation of DI. 

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Primary Language en
Journal Section ELT Research Journal

Author: Erhan GÜLŞEN (Primary Author)


Application Date : June 4, 2018
Acceptance Date : June 24, 2021
Publication Date : March 31, 2018

APA Gülşen, E . (2018). A Phenomenological Study Concerning Turkish EFL Teachers’ Views on Differentiated Instruction . ELT Research Journal , 7 (1) , 42-56 . Retrieved from