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Title: Saudi EFL learners' awareness of world Englishes : second language varieties
Author: Almegren, Afnan
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 4582
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2017
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It is important to understand the attitudes of students towards varieties of English so that better pedagogical and educational policies can be created and adopted. This study therefore attempts to investigate the attitudes of young Saudi EFL learners towards the concept of World Englishes in the context of their culture. The preference of Saudi learners for one variety of English over the others is also explored. Research on the awareness of World Englishes among Saudi EFL learners is limited; this study is designed to fill this gap. For the purpose of this research, three objectives were formulated – to understand how World Englishes, and second language varieties in particular, are perceived in the Saudi Arabian context by EFL learners; to explore the apparent domination of one English variety over others based on Saudi EFL learners' points of view; and to understand reasons behind the preference for one kind of English over the others. The study was conducted through both direct and indirect techniques of attitude measurement, via questionnaire and interviews. The questionnaire was designed as a verbal guise test combined with closed and open-ended questions. The sample of this study was a mixture of adult male and female students from two of Saudi Arabia's largest public educational environments. The findings of this study reveal that Saudi students are aware of at least some of the varieties of English. However, their attitudes towards these different world Englishes vary. They perceive British and American English as the standard benchmark and are not very accepting of non-native variants of World Englishes. It was also found that although most students preferred the English of native English teachers, they wanted to be taught by a teacher from Saudi Arabia because of their shared background.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English language