Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                   Pp.341-354

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Investigating Teachers of English Knowledge and Awareness of Dyslexia: A case study in
Primary Iraqi Schools

Zena Abdulameer Mohammad
Scholarships and Cultural Relations Department
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq


Received: 07/10/2022       Accepted:11/25/2022                   Published: 12/15/2022


Abstract :
Dyslexia is a learning disability in which people face difficulty reading though they are intelligent and have motivation for reading. Therefore; it impacts the portion of the brain responsible for processing language. Such a condition compromises the learning efficiency of the affected person, which generally gets unnoticed. Even affected children are unaware of their state. The study investigates the knowledge and awareness of dyslexia among teachers of English in Iraqi primary schools. this study has three objectives: (i) To investigate the amount of awareness and knowledge among the primary school teachers of English in Baghdad City about dyslexia.; (ii) To examine how English teachers’ awareness of dyslexia is affected by their age, gender, grade level, length of service, and academic background; and (iii) To determine whether there is a connection between teachers’ total knowledge score and their knowledge and confidence level rating. An exploratory approach was adopted to collect and analyze the data. This study was carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic when very few schools were open and working in online mode with no physical attendance. A total of 34 EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers from governmental and private primary schools in Baghdad – Iraq, were assigned to the survey through online random sampling. The results pertained to the following characteristics: the participants’ demographic data, exploring teachers’ knowledge and awareness regarding dyslexia, and teachers’ observation of dyslexia. Findings revealed that most teachers have little experience but a considerable grasp of the learning disorder. Inductive training is highly recommended for teachers of English to promote their early knowledge and awareness of dyslexia and to support dyslexic children to overcome their difficulties in learning.
Keywords: Awareness, dyslexia, learning disorder, teacher’s knowledge

Cite as: Mohammad, Z. A. (2022). Investigating Teachers of English Knowledge and Awareness of Dyslexia: A case study in
Primary Iraqi Schools. Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 341-354.


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Received: 07/10/2022  
Accepted: 11/25/2022
Published: 12/15/2022   

Zena Abdulameer Mohammad is currently working at the Scholarships and Cultural Relations Department, at the University of Baghdad. She is a university instructor teaching English as a Foreign Language to undergraduate students, at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad. She also offers English language training courses at Development and Continuing Center to all learning levels for EFL learners. She has her bachelor’s degree in translation from Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq. She completed her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad-India. Her main interest lies in developing reading and listening skills through the use of multimedia technology. ORCID: