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Perceptions of Iraqi EFL Learners towards Non-native English Instructors
at the Department of English of Komar University

 Awder Raza Aziz
Research Center, Sulaimani Polytechnic University & English Department, Komar University of
Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

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

Kozhin Omer Ismael
English Department, College of Basic Education, University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Raniya Mohammed Mahmood
English Department, Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Recived:2/19/2022                  Accepted:5/25/2022                  Published:  7/1/2022


This study investigates the Iraqi learners’ perceptions of non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) at Komar University, Iraq and explores the extent to which NNESTs can be differentiated in terms of teaching different skills and their English language knowledge. A quantitative questionnaire focusing on NNESTs effectiveness in teaching the target culture, easing the learning process, their own proficiency, and effectiveness of their techniques to teaching different language skills was adopted from Ürkmez (2015) to collect the data of the study. A total of 37 responses were collected among students at Komar University through Google Forms software. The data were subsequently analyzed using tables to understand the data in a better way. The findings of this study reveal that Iraqi students studying at Komar University have a positive attitude toward non-native teachers at Komar University. Indeed, students even show a preference for non-native teachers for learning particular language skills.
Keywords: Komar University, non-native teachers, students’ perception, teaching skills

Cite as:   Aziz, A. R., Saeed, K. A., Ismael, K.O., &  Mahmood, R. M. (2022). Perceptions of Iraqi EFL Learners towards Non-native English Instructors at the Department of English of Komar University. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of  KUST, Iraq Conference 2022  (1)2-15.  DOI:


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Received: 2/19/2022 
Accepted: 5/25/2022    
Published: 7/1/2022 

Awder Raza Aziz is a lecturer of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and he is currently teaching at Research Center, Sulaimani Polytechnic University and English Department of Komar University of Science and Technology, Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of 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.

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. 6313-2041

 Kozhin Omer Ismael is a coordinator and full-time assistant lecturer at the University of Sulaimani/College of Basic Education/Department of English and a part time lecturer at Komar University of Science and Technology. She received  her MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Birmingham/UK in 2015. Her teaching and research areas of interest are Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Studies of Language and Applied Linguistics.

Raniya Mohammed Mahmood is a graduate of English department of Komar University of Science and Technology
in Sulaimani city, Iraq.