Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Advanced Research in Teaching and Education
EFL Learning and Culture: The Blurred Line between Language and Culture
Prof. Nisrine El Hannach
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the cultural effects of teaching the English language, on the Poly-disciplinary Faculty of Nador’s English department students. This paper examines how learning the English language along with the culture behind it influences the student’s cultural identity. The paper also aims to discover whether or not EFL learning has an impact on students’ identities, and how these students adopt and assimilate the English culture, or adapt the new culture to their own one, creating a new hybrid culture. This study is qualitative in nature, and it provides data by using a questionnaire filled by 70 students belonging to the English department. The study findings were ranging from complete assimilation of the new culture and alienation to their own one, to adaptation and adoption of a hybrid culture, or a complete rejection of the new culture. Notwithstanding that the more adopted the culture is, the more the language is assimilated. Thus, language is the window of culture.
Keywords: adoption, Assimilation, culture, EFL, English language, identity.