The Use of Cartoons in Turkish Language Teaching as a Foreign Language at Early Age

With globalization, borders between countries have disappeared and multilingualism and culturalism have started to spread around the world. Teaching foreign languages at an early age is important in terms of keeping up with the changes in the world and being a "new world citizen". Materials are of great importance for the effective language teaching. In particular, audio-visual materials are very useful in this regard in foreign language teaching classes at an early age. Thanks to the television in many houses today, children spend most of their time watching cartoons. Cartoons have an impact on children's listening comprehension and speaking skills while making the learning environment fun for children. Thanks to the line that positively increases children's attitudes towards language, students become eager to learn languages from the later stages of their lives. Cartoons made to the child in a foreign language bring the daily spoken language into the classroom environment, while increasing the vocabulary of the child in the target language and also helping them to pronounce them correctly. The fact that cartoons enter both listening and visual input at the same time makes the information learned more permanent. Supporting the inputs in cartoons with visuals makes it easier for children to understand difficult topics and their ability to remove words that they do not know from context improves. Thanks to the cartoons in which different communicative environments are shown, the child is ready to communicate in the target language. Cartoons allow the child to recognize and love the culture of the language they learn, while allowing the child to internalize universal values.


Teaching foreign languages at an early age, teaching Turkish as a foreign language, audiovisual materials, cartoons

Author : Lokman TANRIKULU -Zeynep SÖMEK
Number of pages: 187-200
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/ijla.45345
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International Journal of Language Academy
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