Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 3 September 2019                                      Pp.330-343
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no3.23

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Effects of Learning Culture on English-Language Learning for Saudi EFL Students  

Arwa Abdulaziz Aldawood
Lecturer of English linguistics
English department
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia

Fatimah Almeshari
Lecturer of English linguistics
English department
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Abstract:
This quantitative study aimed to investigate the influence of incorporating English-culture learning into English-language learning by observing the perspectives of Saudi EFL learners. It illustrated if there is an effect of learning culture on English language competence to the students of Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University . The studyʼs methodology included a questionnaire administered to 70 undergraduate female students in the English department at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Results show that Saudi students recognized that culture and language are related to each other and the learning process cannot be fully realized without consideration of both aspects. Moreover, the study found that learning the English language with its corresponding cultural elements will enhance the speed and enjoyment of Saudi studentsʼ learning process. Furthermore, the study demonstrates that learning a foreign language not only involves studying syntactic structures or learning new vocabularies, but also should incorporate some cultural elements. From Saudi students’ point of view, the only difficulty that might face them is the differences between Arabic and English cultures. Finally, this study recommends that further research can investigate the effect of culture on learning from the teachers’ point of view
Keywords:  English foreign language (EFL), Language integrating, incorporation, intercultural communication, Saudi students

Cite as: Aldawood, A. A., Almeshari, F. (2019). Effects of Learning Culture on English-Language Learning for Saudi EFL Students. Arab World English Journal10 (3) 330-343.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no3.23

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Arwa Abdulaziz Aldawood has a Bachelor degree in English language from Sattam bin
Abdulaziz university and Master degree in English linguistics from Kangwon National
University. She is a lecturer at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz university.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7296-9