Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 9. July 2023 Pp. 135-146
Challenges and Difficulties Faced by ESP Teachers in Teaching during COVID-19
Pandemic in Iraq
Edhah Numan Khazaal
Department of International Economic Relations
College of Political Sciences,
University of Al-Nahrain, Baghdad, Iraq
Received 04/13/2023 Accepted:07/05/ 2023 Published: 07/24/2024
E-teaching quickly became an essential way for educational institutions and universities during the global COVID-19 pandemic, as teaching during the breakdown has brought education to a new level. The present study aimed to investigate the challenges and difficulties faced ESP teachers in online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq and also clarify the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on changing the methods of teaching. The study is important to show the role of online teaching and the teachers’ barriers to online teaching. The study aims to answer the following question: Are there any challenges and difficulties faced the ESP teachers in e-teaching during the covid-19 pandemic? And what are the factors that cause these challenges and difficulties? The study is limited to ESP teachers at Al-Nahrain /College of political sciences during the academic year 2022-2023. The participants of this research are ESP teachers, who have been teaching English for specific purposes for years. Twenty ESP teachers were chosen randomly for this study. An online questionnaire and interview were designed by using Google Forms for this purpose. The data analyzed qualitatively. The results showed that there are many problems facing the ESP teachers in online teaching. These problems may be solved by acquiring training, technical skills, and the development of information and technology. The conclusion showed there are numerous challenges and difficulties face Iraqi teachers in teaching on-line.
Keywords: Challenges and difficulties, COVID-19 pandemic, ESP teachers, Google Forms, Online Teaching
Cite as: Khazaal, E. N. (2023). Challenges and Difficulties Faced by ESP Teachers in Teaching During COVID – 19 Pandemic in Iraq. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (9)135-146.
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