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Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education

Abstract

There seems to be an ongoing controversy among researchers with regard to the existence of LD in foreign language (FLLD). It appears that most researchers favor the analogy of FLLD to obesity rather than to measles as both LD and obesity are conditions which reside on a continuum. The study examined EFL student-teachers' perceptions of FL learning problems with regard to the analogy to obesity and to measles from previous studies. The methodology was content analysis of an online forum as part of an academic course. Findings show that most student-teachers perceive FL learning problems as obesity because they find similarities in the diagnosis, treatment, characteristics and manifestations of both conditions. However, they show no clear-cut distinction between LD and FL learning problems, and consequently they perceive most FL learning problems as LD. Further research is recommended among EFL teachers in the area where language difficulties and learning disabilities overlap.