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, Volume 52, Supplement 2, pp 1167–1177 | Cite as

The role of English as a foreign language classes in tolerance education in relation to school management practices

  • Nurdan AtamturkEmail author


It is essential for individuals to develop a tolerant outlook towards cultures other than their own to be able to function well in a peaceful society. Teaching fundamental values, principles and attitudes concerning tolerance in early years might help in reaching this goal. Since English as a foreign language (EFL) education traditionally incorporates the teaching of the principles and values of the society, EFL classes might serve as an appropriate option to instill tolerance. This study delves into how primary school principals view EFL classes as venues to provide primary school children with tolerance education. More specifically, this research study seeks to understand and evaluate the role of EFL classes in teaching tolerance with regard to school management practices. To fulfil the aim of the study, twenty-seven school principals were interviewed to find that all of them had positive perceptions of tolerance and tolerance education and that a great majority of them acknowledged the role of EFL classes in tolerance education. This study has a few implications for theory building and school management practices.


Diversity EFL Primary education Principals School management Tolerance education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Near East UniversityNicosiaTurkey

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