Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp. 202-216
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.15

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Pedagogical Effects of Social Media on Iraqi Kurd EFL learners

Rebaz Bahadeen Mohammed Nuri
Translation Techniques Department, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Sulaimani Polytechnic University,
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Awder Raza Aziz
Translation Techniques Department, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Sulaimani Polytechnic University,
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
&
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Corresponding Author:  awder.aziz@spu.edu.iq

Kochar Ali Saeed
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Shaiy Karwan Tofiq
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Soma Soran Ahmed
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Received: 5/5/2021       Accepted:  6/26/2021                Published: 7/26/2021

Abstract:
English language learners use social media platforms for improving their language skills through exchanging ideas, sharing their thoughts, and getting exposed to authentic language. The use of social media by learners might yield positive or adverse effects. This study, therefore, explores the pedagogical consequences of some social media platforms on Iraqi Kurd EFL learners. It Highlights the significant impacts of social media on learning English, vocabulary, and spelling. It explicitly attempts to discover how social media affects English language learning, word choices, and spelling for Kurd EFL learners. A questionnaire is used to randomly collect the study data from 96 Kurdish students studying English at various academic institutions. The data was organized and analyzed by SPSS. It was found that Kurd EFL learners use social media platforms extensively for numerous purposes, improving their English language skills being one of them. The results suggest that social media assists learners in learning and practising new vocabulary; However, it has a negative impact on the students spelling and academic writing skills. Kurd EFL learners use abbreviated forms and unnecessarily shortened forms under the influence of social media.
Keywords: English language learning, Kurd EFL learners, social media

Cite as:  Nuri, R. B. M., Aziz, A. R., Saeed, K.A., Tofiq, S.K., & Ahmed, S. S. (2021).  Pedagogical Effects of Social Media on Iraqi Kurd EFL learners.
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7) 202-216.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call7.15

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Rebaz Bahadeen Mohammed Nuri is an Assistant Lecturer of Technical Translation at Sulaimani Polytechnic University at Sulaimani Province of Iraq. He holds MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL from the University of Sheffield UK and BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Sulaimani. Rebaz has taught a wide range of English language courses to EFL/ESL learners for both General and academic purposes. His areas of interest are applied linguistics, technics of translation and spontaneous translation training. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7216-466X

Awder Raza Aziz is an assistant lecturer of Applied Linguistics and TESOL currently teaching at Translation Techniques Department, Sulaimani Technical Institute, Sulaimani Polytechnic University and English Department of Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq. He has obtained a master’s degree in applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. As an EFL lecturer and researcher, he is interested in Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2137-8788

Kochar Ali Saeed holds a master’s degree in English language teaching. He has about 3 years of teaching experience. He has taught different English subjects, such as Academic Writing, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Semantics, and pragmatics. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6313-2041

Shaiy Karwan Tofiq is a graduate of English department of Komar University of Science and Technology in Sulaimani city, Iraq.  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5839-110X

Soma Soran Ahmed is a graduate of English department of Komar University of Science and Technology in Sulaimani city, Iraq. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8896-8803