IRAQI EFL COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS´ AWARENESS OF SOME OF THE PROBLEMS OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Applied linguistics is one of the most influential disciplines that appeared in the twentieth century. This discipline received a major interest in many western countries. In many Arab countries; this discipline started to receive the attention gradually. This research is an attempt to investigate Iraqi instructors´ background knowledge of applied linguistics at AL- Mustansiryiah University-English department and some instructors from different Iraqi universities. To collect the data, twenty instructors gave their opinions through a questionnaire, while, eight other instructors contributed through an interview. The results of this study showed a variation in the answers of the instructors. That is different and contradictory answers and opinions were given regarding some of the questions in the field. As a result, it is really preferable and recommended to do workshops to enhance the background knowledge of the instructors regarding this field.
Keywords: Applied, Linguistics, Problems, Awareness.