Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                        Pp. 131-149
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.8

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 Investigating Developmental Language Disorder among Young Kurdish Students and its
Impact on Learning English as a Foreign Language

 Bnar Najmaddin Mustafa
English Department, College of Basic Education
University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Corresponding author: bnar.najmm@gmail.com

  Jamal Anwar Taha
  English Department, College of Basic Education
University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

 

Received:07/11/2023          Accepted: 10/02/2023            Published:12/15/2023

 

Abstract:
This study aims to understand the difficulties young Kurdish language learners face with developmental language disorder in bilingual settings and to evaluate their impact on English as a foreign language acquisition. Underscoring the significance of this research, the study’s primary objective is to determine the characteristics of developmental language disorder in this context and their implications for academic assimilation. The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals assessment was selected to achieve this primary objective due to its suitability for assessing the British population’s linguistic characteristics and age group. Seven subtests were chosen to comprehensively evaluate various aspects of language proficiency, allowing for a thorough evaluation of the participants’ language skills. This research expands its significance. These initiatives include more extensive investigations, innovative participant recruitment methods, exploration of cultural influences, longitudinal studies to discover long-term effects, critical analysis of intervention strategies, examination of the complex relationship between emotional regulation and language development, investigation of genetic and environmental factors contributing to developmental language disorder, and evaluation of the far-reaching consequences. Upon analysis of the collected data, several significant findings shed light on the efficacy of individualised approaches in mitigating communication and academic difficulties in individuals with developmental language disorders.
Keywords: developmental language disorders, English as a foreign language, Kurdish learners, mixed-methods
research, pragmatic challenges, intervention strategies

Cite as: Mustafa, B.N., & Taha, J.A. (2023). Investigating Developmental Language Disorder among Young Kurdish Students and its Impact on Learning English as a Foreign Language. Arab World English Journal, 14 (4) 131-149.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.8

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Received: 07/11/2023 
Accepted: 10/02/2023 
Published: 12/15/2023 
https://orcid.org/0009-0007-8420-9969
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol14no4.8 

Bnar Najmaadin Mustafa holds a BA in English and is currently pursuing an MA at the University of Sulaimani’s College of Basic Education, English department. Approximately thirteen years’ experience as an English teacher. Her areas of research interest are Applied Linguistics, Clinical Linguistics, psycholinguistics, language disorder, and language therapy.https://orcid.org/0009-0007-8420-9969

Jamal Anwar Taha has a Diploma, BA, MA, and PhD in Applied Linguistics. He is now an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Sulaimani and has taught at many other universities in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Applied Linguistics at Salem State University and Northwestern University and met Noam Chomsky in person at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). https://orcid.org/my-orcid?orcid=0000-0001-8097-5809