Nowadays, learning a foreign language is of great importance in the pursuit of technological
advances and in shifting from knowledge consumption to knowledge production. In the foreign
language learning process; learning speech sounds and words in the target language, the rules of
constructing phrases and sentences out of those words is not enough. In order to be able to use
language, it is necessary to develop four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and
writing. Using these skills for communicative purposes leads to effective language learning.
Learning focused classroom activities should be supported by extra-curricular activities such
as; performing theatre plays, publishing newspapers in English and establishing English
conversation clubs. Acquiring a foreign language in an authentic environment facilitates its
acquisition and using it for a purpose makes language learning functional.
At CIU foreign language education is carried out in line with the pedagogical principles
mentioned above. The major aim of the CIU School of foreign languages is to enable students to
acquire the target language at the level of comprehension and production of written and spoken
discourse, and to carry out academic studies. Technological advances are utilized in foreign
language teaching and computer laboratories provide computer based language education in this
school. In addition to these, multilingual classroom environments with students from various
countries provide the opportunity of learning English in a natural way.
The staff of CIU Foreign Languages School have been carrying out studies aware of how important
it is to provide the appropriate environment and conditions for foreign language education.