Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.4 December  2015                                            Pp.98   – 112

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Saudi EFL Learners’ Perceptions of the Role of Face-to-face Intercultural Communication in Enhancing their English 

  Bakr Bagash Mansour Al-Sofi
Department of English, Colleges of Sciences and Arts,
University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

Abstract:
In the present global society, face-to-face intercultural communication has become inescapable and English has played a prominent role as a tool for this communication. This study aims to: (1) investigate the role of face-to-face intercultural communication in enhancing learners’ levels in English, and (2) identify the role of other elements on the participants’ perceptions of face-to-face communication and language learning. Using a questionnaire, 288 Saudi EFL learners from University of Bisha, Al-Namas Campus participated in this study. The results showed that the students positively perceived the influential role of face-to-face intercultural communication in enhancing their English. This included motivating them to learn English, develop their speaking and listening skills, and build more vocabulary. Furthermore, they became more confident and less worried while communicating with others. They also showed respect and got more knowledge about others and their cultures. In addition, the results revealed that there were statistically significant and positive differences in the face-to-face intercultural communication scores for the variables of gender and university level. However, there were no statistically significant and positive differences in the face-to-face intercultural communication scores for the other variables of age, foreign friendship, using English, and visiting English-speaking countries. It is hoped that students should be sensitized to grasp every intercultural opportunity for developing their English.
Keywords: Intercultural communication, learning English, Saudi context.

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Dr. Bakr Bagash Mansour Al-Sofi received a PhD and an MA degrees in “Language, Culture
and Communication”. He was an assistant professor of English at King Khalid University, Saudi
Arabia and now an assistant professor of English at Bisha University, Saudi Arabia. He
published many articles and participated in many conferences. He is also the author of the book:
Intercultural Communication Competence among Yemeni English Learners: A Linguistic
Intercultural Study. His interests include Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and E-learning.