Arif Bakla

Arif Bakla
Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University | AYBU · Translation and Interpretation

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Bakla is a lecturer at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey. He holds a PhD degree in ELT. Among his research interests are CALL, LMSs and feedback in L2 writing. He has published in various international journals, including Language Learning & Technology, ReCALL, English for Specific Purposes, Computers & Education, Qualitative Research and Instructional Science. He has translated various academic works into Turkish. He is the author of the book Putting Pen to Paper: Academic Writing.

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Pre-class work assumes a central role in flipped learning, which has recently enjoyed immense popularity across various disciplines. This qualitative case study investigates the factors associated with learners’ doing/failing to do the pre-class tasks in flipped learning. It also compares teacher-created interactive videos and YouTube videos in ter...
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100 Tips to Avoid Mistakes in Academic Writing and Presenting is the latest volume in the series English for Academic Research (edited by Adrian Wallwork), aiming to help non-native speakers of English communicate more effectively in academic contexts. This work is a timely publication as academic writing poses tough challenges, particularly for no...
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The Internet and the software stores for mobile devices come with a huge number of digital tools for any task, and those intended for digital formative assessment (DFA) have burgeoned exponentially in the last decade. These tools vary in terms of their functionality, pedagogical quality, cost, operating systems and so forth. Teachers and learners n...
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An Analysis of Two Decades of Educational Technology Publications: Who, What and Where, one of the volumes in the series Lecture Notes in Educational Technology, reports the results of a bibliometric study on research trends in leading educational technology publications. The book provides detailed information about how authors chose the target jou...
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Learning analytics is the practice of collecting and analysing learner data that could be used to improve learning and instruction. This chapter discusses the use of Internet of things (IoT) data collected through various digital devices and emerging learning platforms to shape learning activities and to increase learning gains. It briefly addresse...
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The powerful magic of life might be based on one essential tool which is langua-ge. Perhaps the most important event in a child's life is the realization that everything has a name. Everything that has to do with language is excessive and mysterious, it is both transcendental and routine. Language with its complexity, its effectiveness, its wonderf...
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An important component of speech in human languages is pronunciation; speakers automatically articulate the speech sounds in their mother tongues without much effort. Sound production in L2 follows the same path, particularly over time, yet it comes with its own challenges. It is obvious that speech is not limited with sound production, as other c...
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This mixed-methods study reports the findings of the integration of Web 2.0 tools in a one-semester extensive reading project. 27 Turkish-L1 learners of English read graded readers based on their proficiency, identified using a level test. Then they were asked to use various Web 2.0 tools to prepare a post-reading activity for each book they read a...
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The aim of this chapter is to help ELT students understand how to access digital sources of literature on the Internet and how to use them in language instruction.
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This chapter discusses how to teach vocabulary in primary school. It is written in Turkish.
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As digital technologies have become ubiquitous thanks to the Internet, new modes of feedback in L2 writing have emerged, yet what remains unclear is how feedback given through alternative modes helps improve writing quality and how new feedback tools fit in the overall context of writing instruction. Therefore, the purpose of this embedded mixed-me...
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This study investigates the impact of spacing on L2 incidental vocabulary learning. The participants divided into three groups studied the same 20 target words, which occurred nine times in 36 short reading texts in a Moodle course. The first group read four passages and thus saw each target words once per session each week in the nine-week period...
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Qualitative Meta-Synthesis is a brief guide discussing the nuts and bolts of qualitative theory-generating meta-synthesis by following a series of steps that are relevant to combining the results of multiple primary qualitative studies. It could function as a useful introduction to this relatively new topic, which shows great promise in those field...
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As a relatively new concept, Internet of things (IoT) is known to offer some potentials for learning and teaching. Although this catchy term is becoming more and more popular in educational contexts, there is still need for clearing up the minds of teachers and students with respect to the nature of it and how it could be used for teaching and lear...
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Quick response (QR) codes, composed of little black dots, are handy tools that are becoming more and more popular in our daily lives. Being commonly found on product packages, QR codes were first designed by a Japanese car manufacturing company. Ever since their license was made public, they have found their way not only into markets but also into...
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It is often argued that current generations use digital technologies in different ways than older ones do. In response to the need for research on how younger generations use new technologies, this paper surveys identifiable patterns of technology use in EFL (English as a foreign language) and ESL (English as a second language) learners in daily an...
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This is the translation of the work "Qualitative Data Analysis with Nvivo" by Pat Bazeley & Kristi Jackson.
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Despite their potential benefits, teacher-created animated cartoons have not found much room in second-language (L2) research, probably due to some technical challenges involved in creating them. This paper reports the findings of a mixed-methods embedded experimental study, designed to test the impact of tailor-made animated cartoons on the correc...
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The goal of this case study was to explore intermediate EFL learners’ experiences of using short podcasts to improve their listening, speaking and pronunciation. The participants (N=8) listened to podcasts about diverse topics of their interest throughout an academic year. Each week they were instructed to present what they listened to in a round-t...
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As a relatively popular practice in recent years, the flipped learning model moves traditional lecturing outside the class, yet it might prove challenging to find appropriate in-class activities that promote research, active learning and higher-order thinking skills. This study attempts to investigate if learner-generated materials could promote ac...
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The value attached to pronunciation has kept changing continually in the methodological history of language instruction. Depending on the nature of methodological considerations that dominated research and teaching agenda, it either received too much attention or was marginalized. This study sets out to provide a comprehensive overview of pronun...
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The value attached to pronunciation has kept changing continually in the methodological history of language instruction. Depending on the nature of methodological considerations that dominated research and teaching agenda, it either received too much attention or was marginalized. This study sets out to provide a comprehensive overview of pronuncia...
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Taking up a sizeable portion of wide-ranging discussions in EFL writing, feedback has received lots of interest from researchers and teachers. Discussion on the most effective and time-efficient feedback modes has been going on for decades. Today there are more technological alternatives to feedback provided through traditional means. One of these...
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This study was conducted to reveal what Memrise, an online vocabulary study tool, can offer to upper-intermediate EFL learners compared to traditional vocabulary exercises in L2 vocabulary learning. Two groups of upper-intermediate learners (N=80) were randomly assigned to the experimental group and the control group and were given the Vocabulary K...
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Traditional approaches to feedback usually focus on one-way communication. A recent perspective in L2 feedback, however, highlights the importance of interaction between providers and receivers of feedback, and technology could have a supporting role to perform in this process. Based on such a dialogic perspective, this study attempts to present a...
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The use of videos in education has a long history, and there are a number of ways, in which they can be used in teaching and learning languages. Developments in digital technologies now add to this versatility in language education. One such development is the use of interactive videos. However, interactive videos are rarely used in instructional c...
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This study aims to compare the effectiveness of definition + etymological notes versus definition + pictorial support on the learning of English idioms through reading online texts with hyperlinks to definitions. 121 Turkish learners of English as a foreign language assigned to two different courses were given a vocabulary knowledge scale, revealin...
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Crosswords and other word puzzles are commonly enjoyed by a great majority of people in our daily lives, and they are also used in books and other instructional materials. In language teaching and learning, paper-based and interactive puzzles have been used to add flavour to vocabulary acquisition processes in terms of teaching spelling rules, inte...
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Teachers with a highly positive perception of their professional life are likely to perform their job better. The present study investigates EFL instructors’ perceptions of work-related flow. It focuses on the effect of gender and teaching experience on work-related flow. 120 English language instructors working at three different universities took...
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The purpose of the present study is to investigate the correlations between foreign language anxiety, coping with stress and personality characteristics in higher education learners. The study was carried out with 399 learners (164 females and 235 males). The learners' age ranged between 17 and 32, and the mean age was 19.30. The data collection in...
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Survey research is a challenging and time-consuming process, but current technology offers educational researchers ample opportunities to design and administer time-efficient surveys. With the help of ubiquitous web-based technologies, it is now possible to design and administer a full-length survey on an online platform at no cost at all. The use...
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Despite some efforts to develop learner autonomy in virtual learning environments, there is a need for more qualitative studies to see the effects of Web 2.0 tools like blogging on autonomous learning. Keeping this need in mind, this study reports the experiences of 17 preparatory class EFL learners in an eight-week period of learner- directed lear...
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Learner autonomy and critical thinking skills seem to be essential learning attainments for foreign language learners. As an attempt to integrate these with the productive language skills, this study outlines a three-week project carried out to discover how class surveys designed by learners themselves contribute to the development of writing and s...

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What are the best assistive software that you're using to facilitate the transcription of qualitative data? I use soundscriber (a free tool). I am looking for better options.
Thanks.
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Hello,
I always use search engines to find the best journal for my papers. They are so good because they provide lots of information about potential journals, such as their indices, impact factors, acceptance rates, review and publication speed etc. I know a couple of journal search engines. The journal search engines I know and use are as follows:
Thomson Reuters: http://myendnoteweb.com/ (Endnote Web Match)
Elsevier Journal Finder: https://journalfinder.elsevier.com/
Springer Journal Suggester: https://journalsuggester.springer.com/
American Journal Experts Journal Guide: https://www.journalguide.com/
I wonder if you know and use any others that could be of additional help. Thanks.
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Nowadays, I'm doing research on digital formative assessment tools that provide real time assessment data in the classroom. Could you please tell me what (mobile and web-based) software do you use for formative assessment in your classes? I have collected some lists of tools so far. However, one good method to get to know valuable new tools is to ask those who are in the field as a verification of what is already written in Edtech blogs. Based on your own experience, which tools are the best for collecting real time data in the classroom? Thanks.
Arif
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Hi Everyone!
When we carry out qualitative research, we often mention a specific design, such as case study, narrative research, phenomenology and so forth. Do you think it is OK to design, carry out and report your study without reference to any specific qualitative research designs and just to say, "This is a qualitative study"? How appropriate is this? And are there any sources that support the use of such a study without a specific qualitative design?
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We are currently investigating the practices of native and nonnative speakers of English in academic writing. We have a short survey. Those who are involved in academic writing in English are potential participants to this survey. We intend to collect data from academics with different mother tongues. We’d be glad if you could spare five minutes to complete the survey. The data will be used for research purposes and will not be disclosed. Thanks in advance for your time. Please find the link below.
Arif Bakla
Please note that:
The data collected through this survey is confidential.
You have the right to withdraw at any time.
There is no harm expected.
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Nowadays I'm carrying a study on a set of YouTube videos. I need to bulk download public user statistics for a set of videos brought by a search. I used YouTube data API v3 which was embedded in a simple search engine written by a friend (and uploaded to my own web site.
a) The problem is: for each search it brings only the statistics for 50 results. Is there a way to solve problem?
b) Is there a way to have access to private video statistics, particularly those related to time spent watching videos?
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I need a corpus tool to teach and do research on collocations. The problem is large corpora like BNC or COCA iweb etc. are free but come with daily limits. Unfortunately, it is not possible to carry out research in which a number of participants are use these corpus tools in the same lab with computers having the same IP address. Even the registered versions have limits. How can I solve this problem?
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I am currently doing a research project on academic writing. I have a few questions about it. I'd glad if you could respond to them. I need ideas for an item pool for a survey.
- What strategies do you use when you are revising and editing your academic writing in English?
- How does technology help you in academic writing?
- What are the challenges that you encounter when you're writing for scholarly purposes in English and revising/editing your work?

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I am trying to keep pace with the latest developments in the field of TELL, CALL, teacher training in ELT and qualitative research. You can find the reviews of books that I published in various journals.
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To do research on the affordances of interactive videos in English language teaching and language teacher training.