Analysis Of Pedagogical Texts Prepared For Academic Turkish As A Foreign Language In Terms Of Academic Vocabulary

Tüfekçioğlu B.

Journal of Language Education and Research, vol.7, no.2, pp.405-425, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


In this study, the aim was to determine academic words in academic Turkish teaching sets, to describe the numerical and rational distribution of these academic words, and to make a comparison between the vocabulary of engineering/health sciences and social sciences. Vocabulary units classified as social sciences and engineering/health sciences were evaluated in terms of their percentages in their own categories, the most frequently used word types, and conceptual features, and to analyze the differences in use between social and engineering/health sciences, the Mann–Whitney U test was applied. The result of the study indicated that the frequency of academic words’ use (7%-8%) is lower than their use count; however, when the number of single uses was considered in terms of developing comprehension and explanation skills, it is highly important. In this research, it was determined that social science and engineering/health sciences’ vocabulary haven’t a significant difference in term of both total vocabulary frequency and academic words’ frequency. In this case, it can be said that academic vocabulary in academic texts does not contain numerical differences in terms of social sciences and natural-health sciences.