chapter  15
English Language Teaching in Turkey: Challenges for the 21st Century
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In Turkey, English plays a crucial role in all aspects of life, from politics and economics to education. With a population of approximately 65 million people and a total area of 780,580 square kilometers, 97% in Asia and 3% in Europe, the nation acts as a physical and cultural bridge between the two continents. Its location as a geographical crossroad has meant that throughout history, Turkey has been the cradle of many great civilizations. Bordering eight nations and surrounded by three seas, Turkey has a strategic and geopolitical status that makes the learning of English particularly important. “A member of NATO since 1952, Turkey has engaged in extensive collaboration with Europe from the 1960’s on economics, education, politics and cultural affairs.”