Language immersion through culture

Souhila Mili

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My research investigates the role played by social environment, outside classroom, on language learning. It is, particularly, concerned with the immersion into local English-speaking culture and participants' motivation and willingness to integrate into English-speaking environment. This study, also, examines the difficulties in language use faced by students more immersed in English speaking culture in comparison to those who are less immersed.
This paper employs a mixed method approach of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, by applying an interpretivist approach. The study participants are university students identified on different Universities across Scotland as Arabic-speaking. Three types of data collection are used: a profile questionnaire which seeks to determine language use, local culture immersion and interest, and motivation for learning English as a second language. From the questionnaire responses, 20 students were in contact with English-speaking and native language speaking interactions. At the end, all participants took part in a focus group session, where their feedback and experiences were shared identify the most beneficial aspects of interaction.
My research outcomes show that participants, from both genders, speak different Arabic dialects and study in different Scottish universities. The data acquired confirms that most of them came abroad for study reason. They are all aware of the host culture difference, however; not all of them are comfortable of being away from their countries even if they are happy and satisfied by choosing Scotland as destination to finish a degree at university.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017
EventScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference : Educational Futures in a Changing Landscape: Bridging Boundaries or "Mind the Gap"? - University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017


ConferenceScottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleSERA Conference 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • language immersion
  • culture
  • social environment
  • Arabic-speaking


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