Effects of Mobile Assisted Language Learning on Developing Kurdish EFL Students’ Listening Sub-skills at Koya University

  • Paiman Z. Azeez (1) Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Koya University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. (2) Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5854-5052
  • Fatimah R.H. Al Bajalani Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0986-1005


Many studies have described the use of mobile assisted language learning in language teaching and learning; yet, the number of studies in listening skill remains unsatisfactory, at least in Iraqi Kurdistan context. Few researchers appear to have considered how to use mobile learning devices to support pedagogical approach to develop academic listening skills. Several studies in the past, required learners to read from mobile phones rather than listening to audios. There were attempts to use computer technology integration into instruction; however, few were in mobile technology. The interest in research related to the impact of mobile assisted language learning on developing students’ listening skills remains relatively low and consequently listening has been neglected. Thus, the current paper aims at exploring the effectiveness of mobile assisted language learning devices both as instructional tools and learning resources within and beyond classroom learning environments to develop language skills in particular listening sub-skills. The experimental design is pretest-experiment-post-test. To conduct the study two groups of experimental (n=31) and control (n=26) out of 57 second year students at koya university/ faculty of education/ school of education English department were made. Both groups were taught the same material, but using different methods. The results of the post-test indicated that the use of mobile assisted language learning devices had impacts on developing experimental group’s listening skills and outperformed the control group.

Author Biographies

Paiman Z. Azeez, (1) Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Koya University, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. (2) Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
Paiman is a Lecturer of English Language in the Department of English, where he joined the work at Koya University since 2010. He graduated from Teachers' Central Institute English Department in 2002, a Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature in 2007, and M.A degree in Teacher Education (Specializing in Teaching English) from Bilkent University in 2010. He started his academic teaching in 2010.  Now he is a Ph.D. student at  Salahaddin University.



Fatimah R.H. Al Bajalani, Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.

Fatimah R.Hasan Al Bajalani, Ph.D. Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics (English Language Teaching and Curriculum Design), College of Languages, English Department, Director of Curricula Development, Salahaddin University-Erbil, KRG



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How to Cite
AZEEZ, Paiman Z.; AL BAJALANI, Fatimah R.H.. Effects of Mobile Assisted Language Learning on Developing Kurdish EFL Students’ Listening Sub-skills at Koya University. Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 85-95, aug. 2018. ISSN 2522-3259. Available at: <http://jhss.koyauniversity.org/index.php/jhss/article/view/53>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.14500/kujhss.v1n1y2018.pp85-95.