Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022                                             Pp. 297-311
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no2.20

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Exploring Kurdish EFL University Students’ Beliefs about Language Learning

Omar Fouad Ghafor1, 4,
Corresponding Author: omar.ghafor@uoh.edu.iq

Hedayat Muhammad Ahmad1, 2

Goran Omar Mustafa1, 3 

1Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, University of Halabja, Halabja,
Kurdistan, IRAQ

2Department of International Commerce, College of Commerce, University of Sulaimani,
Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, IRAQ

3Department of ELT, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Sulaymaniyah,
Kurdistan,  IRAQ

4Department of English, College of Languages, University of Human Development, Sulaimani,
Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Received:  3/28/2022                         Accepted: 5/31/2022                  Published: 6/24/2022

 

Abstract:
This paper is an attempt to deal with language learners’ beliefs. Researchers used Elaine Kolker Horwitz’s model (1988), Beliefs about Language Learning Inventory, and they applied it to explore the views of Kurdish EFL university students concerning language learning. The study aims to investigate and expose their opinions regarding language learning generally, then English language more precisely. Its significance lies in exploring the beliefs of Kurdish EFL university students about language learning. It mainly answers the question, “what are the beliefs of Kurdish EFL university students about learning English?”. The researchers administered a   Beliefs about Language Learning Inventory (BALLI) questionnaire to seven universities to achieve this aim. The questionnaire includes several viewpoints regarding the difficulty of language learning, foreign language aptitude, the nature of language learning, learning and communication strategies, and motivation and expectations. They collected and analyzed the questionnaire results and found out that the first category, the difficulty of language learning, has the lowest mean score among the five categories. In contrast, the fifth category, motivation and expectations, has the highest mean score. They ended the study with suitable beneficiary recommendations.
Keywords: BALLI, beliefs, Kurdish EFL university students, language learning difficulties, language learning strategies

Cite as:  Ghafor, O.F., Ahmad, H.M., & Mustafa, G.O. (2022). Exploring Kurdish EFL University Students’ Beliefs about
Language Learning. Arab World English Journal, 13 (2) 297-311.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no2.20

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Received: 3/28/2022 
Accepted: 5/31/2022
Published: 6/24/2022
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol13no2.20

Omar Fouad Ghafor has an MA degree in English language and linguistics at Salahaddin University-Erbil. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Halabja, department of English language. His research interests are English language and linguistics, teaching and learning English as a foreign language, and technology and language learning. So far, he has seven publications.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6737-5670

Hedayat Muhammad Ahmad received his MA in English language and literature from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University/ India in 2012. He has been working as a university lecturer since 2013 and has been teaching a variety of modules, including literary subjects and language skills. He has four publications. Currently, he is the head of the English language department at the University of Halabja.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6906-6188

Goran Omar Mustafa received his MA in English literature from Pune University/ India in 2012. Since 2013, he has been working as a university lecturer. He has experience in teaching literary subjects and language skills. He has four articles published in national and international journals. He is currently teaching at the University of Halabja and Tish International University as a visiting lecturer.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6383-2953