The Effects of English File Coursebook on Enhancing Listening Comprehension Skills in the IELTS Proficiency Test The Case of Kurdish EFL Learners

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Kanar S. Ahmed
Dekan J. Hamasaeed
Atta A. Ahmed


This research investigates the intricate realm of language learning, with a specific focus on the challenging domain of listening skills for Kurdish EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners. Listening, an essential component of language learning alongside speaking, reading, and writing, poses a significant cognitive challenge for individuals acquiring a second language, particularly English. Using a pre-experimental one-group study design, this study aims to uncover the impact of English course books on the enhancement of listening skills among Kurdish EFL learners. In pursuit of this objective, a group of 24 first-year university students, comprising 14 females and 10 males, engaged in both pre-tests and post-tests to evaluate their listening proficiency, and conducting the survey questionnaire. Employing the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for data analysis, the research utilized various statistical tests to explore the effects of supplementary materials and the perspectives of learners on the English File course book. Furthermore, a Paired Samples T-Test was employed to measure the degree of change between the pre-test and post-test scores. Remarkably, the findings from this analysis suggest that the use of English File course books led to improved listening skills among Kurdish EFL learners. These improvements are vital, emphasizing the significance of considering individual learning journey. Notably, gender-based differences in perceptions were explored, and the results revealed a surprising consistency in the perceptions of male and female EFL learners within the Kurdish context. These insights contribute to our understanding of language acquisition and underscore the importance of tailored instructional interventions in enhancing listening skills.


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Ahmed, K. S. ., Hamasaeed, D. J. ., Ahmed, A. A. and Ahmed, D. B. . (2023) “The Effects of English File Coursebook on Enhancing Listening Comprehension Skills in the IELTS Proficiency Test: The Case of Kurdish EFL Learners”, Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 6(1), pp. 212-222. doi: 10.14500/kujhss.v6n1y2023.pp212-222.
Author Biographies

Kanar S. Ahmed, Language and Culture Center, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Kanar S. Ahmed earned a master's degree in English Language Teaching. She achieved her master's degree from Kurdistan University in Sanandaj. Recently, she serves as both a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sulaimani Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Her academic interests principally focused on teaching language skills, language testing, and designing questions based on the learner's level.

Dekan J. Hamasaeed, Language Center, Charmo Center for Research, Training and Consultancy, Charmo University-Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Dekan Jaza Hama Saeed is an assistant lecturer at Language Center/Charmo Center for Research, Training and Consultancy/Charmo University. She is a Masters' degree holder in English Language Teaching/Near East University/Cyprus. She is currently an instructor at the language center and a researcher in her own field of study.

Atta A. Ahmed, Department of English Language Teaching, College of Education, Tishk International University-Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Atta A. Ahmed holds a master's degree in English Language Teaching that he earned from Near East University in Cyprus. Currently, he serves as both a researcher and an instructor at Tishk International University in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. His academic interests mainly center on teaching language skills, employing computer-assisted language learning, as well as engaging with history and art history.

Daban B. Ahmed

خاوەنی بڕوانامەی ماستەر لە TESOL و بڕوانامەی دبلۆمی بەڕیتانی لە TEFL. ئەزموونی کارکردنم وەک مامۆستای زمانی ئینگلیزی لە ساڵی 2012 وە هەتا ئێستا، وەرگێڕی یاسایی و ڕێپێدراو لەلایەن دادگای سلێمانی. ئەندامی دەستەی دامەزرێنەرانی فێرۆپیدیا ، کە وێبسایتێکی پەروەردەییە.



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