p-ISSN 2146-796X
e-ISSN 2146-7978
Yunus Söylet

Recep Öztürk
Salih Murat Akkın
Süphan Nasır

Associate Editors
Burak Önal
Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
2021 Volume 11
Deomed Publishing
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Volume 10, Issue 3, December 2020,
Page(s): 279-290
Original Empirical Research
Received: January 21, 2019; Accepted: June 1, 2020; Published online: September 26, 2020
doi:10.2399/yod.19.515834; Copyright © 2020, Deomed
Investigation of Instructors' Views on the Accreditation Process of Schools of Foreign Languages
Orhan Ataman1 ORCIDID (E-mail), Abdullah Adıgüzel2 ORCIDID
1School of Foreign Languages, Sakarya University of Applied Sciences, Sakarya, Turkey
2Faculty of Education, Düzce University, Düzce, Turkey
The main purpose of this study is to determine the views of instructors who work at accredited schools of foreign languages about the accreditation process that they have been through. This study follows the qualitative case study research design. The participants were 31 English instructors working at 12 different foreign language schools in Turkey. A set of semi-structured interview questions created by the researchers were used as the data collection tool. The collected data were then subjected to content analysis. It was found that documentation was the most problematic area for the institutions during the accreditation process, so it was the most labor-intensive area for the instructors. Also, it was found that there were significant improvements in the learning and teaching process at these institutions, which resulted in a higher quality of instruction. In addition, it was observed that the accreditation process triggers creation of a culture of quality and continuous development among the instructors. It can be recommended that all teaching staff should be well informed about the accreditation purpose and process, ensuring staff readiness. Furthermore, the burden of work involved in accreditation should be shared by all the staff, with a well-planned and balanced division of labor among them.
Keywords: Accreditation, preparatory classes, quality, schools of foreign languages
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