Students perceptions of task-based english learning at the preparatory school of İstanbul Bilgi University: a case study

Thesis Type: Post Graduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2002

Thesis Language: English

Student: Aslı Lidice Göktürk



This thesis aims to identify students' perception of the effectiveness of four tasks used in an English classroom of the Preparatory School of Istanbul Bilgi University on their learning. For this purpose, 18 pre-intermediate level students worked with four tasks that were prescribed by their course book, Cutting Edge, over a time period of two weeks. During the two-week period students were asked to fill in four different feedback forms that were designed to obtain information about how students perceived each task and its influence on learning. Students were asked to state their inpoints of view regarding the activities and sub-activities of the tasks, saying how useful and interesting they found the tasks, and what they learned by completing these tasks. Then, students were interviewed in groups of three with the aim of getting a summative evaluation of the tasks that were used in the class. At the end of two-week period, in order to explore students' perception of task-based learning in more detail, two students who held extremely positive views and two students who held extremely negative views regarding the specific parts of the tasks were interviewed on one-to-one basis. Data analysis indicated that students held positive perceptions about influence of tasks on their learning. However, there are some parts of the tasks that were found useless by the students.