Investigation the Attitudes of University of Duhok’s Students towards Learning English as a Foreign Language
Keywords:attitudes, studying level, gender, learning English language, major, non-English majors.
This study aims at finding out the attitudes of non-English majors’ students at University of Duhok towards English language andearning, in general, and at University of Duhok in particular and exploring the reasons behind their attitudes. The study also investigates the differences in the participants' attitudes based on their major, gender, and studying level. For this purpose, a questionnaire mainly adopted from Gardner's (2004) "Attitude/Motivation Test Battery" was distributed to (259) students from six colleges affiliated to University of Duhok. These six colleges were divided into two groups: Sciences (College of Veterinary, College of Engineering, and College of Sciences) and Humanities (College of Law and Political Sciences, College of Economics and Administration, and College of Basic Education). The findings have revealed that students under study have expressed positive attitudes towards both the English language itself as a language and learning it as a subject of study. The study also has shown that there were no significant differences in the students' attitudes towards the study's variables due to gender and studying level, however, a significant difference based on the students' major was found.
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