Philosophy of Education

Philosophy Statement

Hacettepe University, School of Foreign Languages is responsible for providing quality education and meaningful learning environments that will equip its learners with the language skills they will need to communicate effectively as adults in the academic community as well as in the international arena where knowing a foreign is becoming a vital requisite in many aspects of life.

We feel that this goal can be reached by;

1.   assisting our learners to develop the knowledge and language skills necessary for them to carry on with their academic studies by utilising the four language skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) to consolidate the learning process; 

2.   providing the conditions which will enable them to gain the competence and confidence to communicate effectively in environments where the target language is the medium of communication; 

3.   encouraging the learners to be willing to learn the target language, guiding them in how to learn by providing them with more opportunities to become less dependent and more responsible for their own learning and helping them to develop the ability to apply what has been learnt; 

4.   providing the learners with a positive environment where they receive acceptance, mutual support and understanding from teachers and peers; 

5.   creating an environment where there is inquiry and discovery into the language systems; 

6.   creating conditions so that the language can be used meaningfully and purposefully both within and outside the classroom; 

7.   emphasizing discoursive production rather than sentence-level grammar, therefore helping the learners to achieve competence in using the language to express themselves with clarity through writing-speaking and to obtain information through listening-reading; 

8.   sensitizing the learners to the necessity of exposure to the target language and creating opportunities so that they can autonomously enhance their own learning through extra-curricular activities within and outside the school; 

9.   making evaluation a constructive and integral part of the learning process, and evaluating each student on an individual basis rather than comparing him/her with other students; 

Finally, continuous efforts are made to improve applications through planning, implementation and evaluation of educational practices.