A Comparative Study on Basic Education Curricula of Finland and Turkey in Foreign Language Teaching

Elif Sezen İrican

Abstract


This study aims to provide information for researchers and policy-makers targeting at improving foreign (English) language education in their countries by showing the differences between the foreign language curricula of Turkey and Finland. Finnish National Core Curricula along with the new curricula launched by the Finnish National Board of Education in August 2016 were analyzed. Document analysis was used as a method, and necessary documents and links were provided by the Embassy of Finland in Ankara, the Finnish National Board of Education, and Republic of Turkey the Ministry of National Education via e-mail and mail services and Amazon. This study is unique as the reform in Finland is a brand-new issue and required to be investigated further in terms of English Language Teaching.

Keywords: English language teaching policies; phenomenon-based learning; information and communication technologies; transversal competencies

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