Political and Socio-Cultural Factors in Foreign Language Education

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dc.contributor.author Diab, Rula
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-09T09:07:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-09T09:07:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2000
dc.date.issued 2015-12-09
dc.identifier.issn 0898-8471 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2797
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the importance of political and sociocultural factors in foreign language education, focusing on English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learning in Lebanon. It begins with a historical review of foreign language education in Lebanon, then discusses the current role and status of English in the Lebanese context, which reveals several interrelated political and sociocultural factors that play a crucial role in ESL learning. These include religious background (Lebanon is multisectarian); political affiliations (the conflict between Arab nationalism and western orientation); socioeconomic status (students from different socioeconomic backgrounds might have different attitudes and motivations toward learning English, and socioeconomic status plays a role in the schools students enroll in and the kind of ESL education they receive); influence of Arabic as the native language (the perception by some students that Arabic is a sacred, God-given language, while English is inherently inferior); and gender (e.g., teacher gender may influence student achievement, motivation, and attitudes, and many Lebanese females may be interested in learning English for non-career reasons). (Contains 12 references.) (SM) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Political and Socio-Cultural Factors in Foreign Language Education en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Case of Lebanon en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200103271 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Texas papers in Foreign Language education en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 177-187 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Diab, R. (2000). Political and Socio-Cultural Factors in Foreign Language Education: The Case of Lebanon. Texas papers in Foreign Language education, 5(1), 177-187. en_US
dc.author.email rula.diab@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED468315

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