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The Use of Proverbs and Idioms in the Written Expressions of Those Learning Turkish as a Foreign Language

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Language Education Research and Application Center, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey

HAYEF: Journal of Education 2023; 20: 66-73
DOI: 10.5152/hayef.2023.22058
Read: 1871 Downloads: 668 Published: 07 February 2023

In this study, which aims to determine the use of proverbs and idioms in the written expressions of those learning Turkish as a foreign language, a case study from qualitative research designs was used. In the study, document analysis was applied, and content analysis was used to analyze the data. The data of the study are the answers of 53 students studying at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University to the C1 writing exam. When the rates of proverbs and idiom usage in the written expressions of the students were examined, it was found that none of the students included proverbs and 40% did not include idioms. It is seen that 42 different idioms were used 81 times; 10 different idioms are included more than once, while the other 32 idioms are included only once by students. When it was examined whether the idioms were used in accordance with the context by the students in writing skills, only one idiom not suitable for the context was found. When the idioms used by the students are compared with the idioms in the textbooks they use in the teaching process, it is seen that 43% of the idioms they include in the written expressions of the students are not found in the textbooks they use in the teaching process. When the relationship between the use of idioms and the average of the success scores of the students from the writing exam is examined, it is seen that the average of the success scores increases as the number of idioms increases.

Cite this article as: İltar, L. (2023). The use of proverbs and idioms in the written expressions of those learning Turkish as a foreign language. HAYEF: Journal of Education, 20(1), 66-73.

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