A COMPOSITION FOCUSED ANALYSIS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENGLISH CURRICULUM IN TURKEY
Keywords:ELT, Turkey, Composition, International Composition, Rhetoric, Secondary School
Secondary education is a major and defining period by design with the Turkish educational system. What happens during this crucial time of study, and particularly on the college entrance exam, often dictates a student’s trajectory from that point forward as far as higher education is concerned. Composition education in Turkey takes place within the wider conversation of English language competency and literacy, just as it would in any other non-native environment. More specifically, this is because composition must be taught in a L2 (second language) and EFL context. To date, whilst there has been a great deal of study relating to different aspects of English education in Turkey at the K-12 and university level, there is a lack of studies focusing on composition education. This study seeks to address that and conducts a composition focused analysis of the Turkish National English Curriculum, through the usage of a case study methodology. In conclusion, it was found that the curriculum does allow for a multitude of competency development opportunities. However, there is a general gap of scholarship within the area of secondary school composition education generally in Turkey, which is an area of further exploration.