Date of Award

5-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Karl Uhrig

Abstract

Kurdistan as a region in north of Iraq has undergone significant changes regarding its educational system, and using ICTs (information communication technologies) for teaching and learning English has been given a great role in the system. There are many researchers who wrote about the benefits and the challenges of using ICTs. As the term ICT includes many kinds of devices and applications, students and teachers in Kurdistan are using various types of ICTs inside or outside of the schools. Students and teachers use ICTs for teaching and learning the skills of the English language such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Although it is new for Kurdistan to imbed ICTs on a broad scale, there are also challenges and side effects. In that respect, this study tries demonstrating the importance of using ICTs, benefits, challenges, and negative sides in Kurdistan in the perspective of both teachers and students. The results of the study show that teachers and students in Kurdistan find ICTs very beneficial for improving their English language proficiency.