Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4   December 2021                                 Pp. 340-348
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no4.22

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The Necessity of Endowing EFL Learners with the Fifth Language Skill: A Key to a
Successful Learning Experience
 

Fatma ZAGHAR
Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Oran 2 – Mohamed BEN AHMED – Oran, Algeria
Corresponding Author: tzafour@yahoo.com 

El-Alia Wafaâ ZAGHAR
Department of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages
University of Oran 2 – Mohamed BEN AHMED – Oran, Algeria

 

Received: 9/30/2021               Accepted: 11/1/2021              Published: 12/15/2021

 

 Abstract:
In this increasingly interconnected epoch, the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) along with culture that is considered as a fifth skill has become inevitable. Therefore, EFL teachers are impelled to introduce cultural instruction in their classes. They are then advised to combine the teaching of language skills with the foreign culture because it prepares their learners to behave successfully in intercultural encounters, gain solid cultural knowledge, overcome cultural obstacles, and promote their cultural awareness. The main questions addressed in this research focus on the inclusion of the cultural component in language subjects’ syllabuses, and the type of teaching strategies that can ameliorate the status of cultural instruction. This study points out the key importance of implementing intercultural information in EFL contexts founded on a case study undertaken at the University of Oran 2 in Algeria. This paper targeted a group of Master II students by using an array of data collection means including a questionnaire given to the learners, an interview done with the teachers, and classroom observation sessions carried out by the researchers. The major aims of this work were to verify the learners’ perceptions of cultural learning, and outfit students with core foundations of culture. The results demonstrated that the incorporated teaching techniques have enriched the students’ cultural understanding and intensified their linguistic adeptnesses. It is suggested that these teaching initiatives can aid learners be compassionate, understandable, and tolerant human beings.
Keywords: Cultural awareness, EFL contexts, fifth language skill, Master students, teaching strategies

Cite as: ZAGHAR , F., & ZAGHAR, E. W. (2021). The Necessity of Endowing EFL Learners with the Fifth Language Skill: A Key to a Successful Learning Experience.  Arab World English Journal, 12 (4) 340-348.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no4.22

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Received: 9/30/2021
Accepted: 11/1/2021  
Published: 12/15/2021
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no4.22   
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Dr. Fatma ZAGHAR is an associate professor at the University of Oran 2 in Algeria. She obtained a PhD in Didactics. Her major research themes accentuate Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Teaching, Intercultural Studies, and Educational Psychology. Currently, she is exploring the fields of Syllabus Design and Educational Technology. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1077-9719

Dr. El-Alia Wafaâ ZAGHAR is an associate professor at the University of Oran 2 in Algeria. She holds a PhD in Didactics. Her main areas of interests stress Academic Writing, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Linguistics, Research Methodology, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teacher Education. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8185-3958.