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The present study investigated Turkish EFL students’ attitudes towards class discussion of two topics generally perceived as taboo in the Turkish society, namely homosexuality and adultery/pre-marriage sex, for the purpose of testing the motivational value of such topics in EFL speaking classes. Another purpose of the study was to analyze Turkish students’ reactions to the materials and activities used in a lesson on homosexuality and adultery/pre-marriage sex. To these ends, questionnaires were given before and after the discussions. The participants were asked about how disturbing they found the materials and activities used during these discussions. The results indicate that the students both enjoyed and learned a lot during these discussions and they did not find the materials and activities used in these lessons disturbing at all. In fact, statistical analysis of the related survey items revealed that the participants’ attitude towards the whole idea and process of using taboo topics in the classroom was highly positive.
Abstract (Original Language): 
Bu çalışma, Türkiye'de yabancı dil olarak İngilizce öğrenen öğrencilerin, Türkiye Toplumu'nda genellikle tabu olarak görülen eşcinsellik ve evlilik öncesi cinsel ilişki konularının İngilizce konuşma derslerinde tartışma konusu olarak kullanılmasına karşı takındıkları tavrı incelemektedir. Çalışmanın amacı, bu tür tabu nitelikli konuların, İngilizce konuşma derslerindeki motive edici yönünü araştırmaktır. Çalışmanın başka bir amacı da, öğrencilerin, eşcinsellik ve evlilik öncesi cinsel ilişki ile ilgili bir ders esnasında kullanılan materyal ve aktivitelere gösterecekleri tepkiyi saptamaktır. Bu amaç doğrultusunda, katılımcılara uygulama öncesinde ve sonrasında anketler verilmiştir. Araştırmaya katılan öğrencilere, bu konular üzerinde sınıf ortamında yürütülen tartışmaları ve bu tartışmalar sırasında kullanılan materyal ve aktiviteleri ne ölçüde rahatsız edici bulduklarına dair sorular yöneltilmiştir. Ayrıca, bu tür konuları genelde tabu olarak algılayıp algılamadıkları da sorulmuştur. Araştırmada elde edilen bulgular göstermiştir ki, öğrenciler, bu tartışma konularını ve bu konularla bağlantılı materyal ve aktiviteleri sınıf ortamında görmekten rahatsızlık duymamakla birlikte, bu tür konular üzerindeki tartışmalar sırasında hem eğlenmekte hem de öğrenmektedirler. İlgili anket sorularına verilen yanıtların istatistiksel analiz sonuçları göstermiştir ki, öğrencilerin sınıf ortamında tabu niteliketi konuların kullanılmasına karşı tutumları genel itibariyle oldukça olumlu yöndedir.



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