Title: English – The Bridge within a Foreign Language Classroom Context in Bahrain
Stream: Intercultural Learning
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Anthonia Bamidele, University of Technology, Bahrain
The study specifically concentrates on intercultural communication as it relates to the learning of French as a foreign language within a university’s classroom context in the Kingdom of Bahrain. As an overview, the French language serves as an alternative foreign language that is permissible in tertiary institutions in Bahrain. Thus, the research questions are: What communication strategies are prevalent in the French language classroom interactions between the French teacher and students? What language difficulties do students encounter while learning the French language? And how do students intend to benefit in the present or future for learning the French language? In order to address these questions, some focused literature that might reflect albeit in different settings and provide the theoretical and analytical framework for the analysis were reviewed. Methodologically, the research adopted a mixed method approach, using quantitative and qualitative methods in collecting and analyzing the data. More precisely, the sequential explanatory research design for collecting and analyzing quantitative data such as questionnaires to explain the survey questionnaire analysis. Thereafter, qualitative in order to incorporate interpretations drawn from both data, which is the survey response analysis to gain insights into these students’ actual personal experiences on the language practices. The findings depicts the importance of code mixing in English when teaching a foreign language. Thus, the use of English within the French language class seems crucial and germane in order to ease communication, explain terms in French, and enable quick retention for the students.
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