The effects of global English on culture and identity in the UAE: a double-edged sword

Sarah Hopkyns (Zayed University, UAE)

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives

ISSN: 2077-5504

Article publication date: 1 December 2014

Issue publication date: 1 December 2014

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Abstract

The United Arab Emirates’ complex history, its current demographics, its youthfulness as a country, and the fact that it is a region undergoing fast-paced change make the issue of cultura identity particularly relevant and urgent in this part of the world. This is especially true given the rapid spread of English in the sphere of education and everyday life in recent years. This paper discusses the above issues before analyzing the attitudes and perceptions of female Emirati undergraduate students and female Emirati primary school teachers with regard to global English and its effects on local culture and identity. After analysis of the findings from a qualitative study using open-response questionnaires with 35 undergraduates and twelve teachers, a discussion follows with recommendations on how to overcome issues raised in the study.

Citation

Hopkyns, S. (2014), "The effects of global English on culture and identity in the UAE: a double-edged sword", Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 5-24. https://doi.org/10.18538/lthe.v11.n2.197

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2014 Sarah Hopkyns

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Publisher's note: The Publisher would like to inform the reader that the article “The effects of global English on culture and identity in the UAE: a double-edged sword” has changed pagination. Previous pagination was pp. 1-20. The updated pagination for the article is now pp. 5-24. The Publisher apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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