Language and Societies

ANT/LIN 5320 at Wayne State University

Identity & Second Language Acquisition: International Saudi Students Studying Abroad

Identity & Second Language Acquisition: International Saudi Students Studying Abroad

S.M. Hamdan

Learning a new language may depend to a great extent on the relationship of the learners’ cultural background and that of the target language. The identity of the learners and their social backgrounds is central to their social involvement in the target language, and consequently, language acquisition. The main goal of this paper is to disclose some challenges international Saudi students learning English abroad go through in terms of their own identity change and sociocultural identity. Furthermore, it will look into how these forms of identity change can act as strong factors in succeeding or failing in language acquisition. Can the learners’ own identities act as a hindrance for their own progress? This paper will also shed light on what can be done in the academic environment to support these learners in their challenging journey.

Keywords: identity, second language acquisition, international Saudi students, study abroad, cultural linguistics

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April 6, 2015 - Posted by | abstract

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