The Influence of Identity on Students’ Learning Experiences in an English as Foreign Language Programme in a Saudi Medical University
Education Journal
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 149-157
Received: Apr. 28, 2015; Accepted: Jun. 7, 2015; Published: Jun. 25, 2015
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Sajjadllah Alhawsawi, English Department, College of Science and Health Professions King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Abstract
Our identities influence our actions and how we conduct ourselves. The construction of these identities is influenced by factors beyond our individuality and that in turn influences the way a person learn. Different studies in the field on English language learning emphasize the impact of identities in learning English as Foreign Language. However, in the context of Saudi higher education this notion remains unexplored. This paper presents findings form an English as Foreign Language (EFL) programme in a Saudi Medical University that illustrate the influence of different identities on students’ learning experience in. It highlights how identities associated with students’ socioeconomic back ground as well as disciplines of study influence students’ learning experience.
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EFL, Identity, Learning experience
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Sajjadllah Alhawsawi, The Influence of Identity on Students’ Learning Experiences in an English as Foreign Language Programme in a Saudi Medical University, Education Journal. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 149-157. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20150404.12
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