The effects of the spread of English Language as a lingua franca on Jordanian society and its languages

Other Title(s)

أثار انتشار اللغة الإنجليزية كلغة تواصل عالمية على المجتمع الأردني و لغاته

Dissertant

Muhammad, Maha Salah

Thesis advisor

Duwayk, Badr Said

University

Middle East University

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2019

English Abstract

his study aimed at investigating the effects of the spread of English language as a lingua franca on Jordanian society and its languages.

The study raised the following questions: 1.

What are the positive aspects of the spread of English on Jordanians and their way of life? 2.

What are the negative influences of the spread of English on Jordanians and their languages? 3.

What are the suggestions to support and enhance the use and development of the Arabic language in Jordan? To achieve the aims of the study, the researcher used two instruments: semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire.

A sample of 50 Jordanians has been selected to respond to the questionnaire.

The semi- structured interviews were conducted with four university professors, two lecturers and one teacher.

The obtained data indicate that English is the most dominant foreign language in Jordan.

However, the spread of English language does not practically threaten Arabic or Jordanian ethnic languages such as Circassian.

Participants have shown loyalty to the Arabic language, Jordanian culture and identity.

Through the responses of the respondents one can induce that young generations are trapped between being loyal to their own language and English.

On the one hand, these results indicate that the spread of English language has some positive effects on Jordanians and their society, culture and way of life such as learning English is essential in Jordan because English language helps Jordanians keep abreast with technological and scientific developments.

Moreover, knowledge of English enables Jordanians to get good job opportunities and improve their economic status.

Also, English as a lingua franca helps to understand different cultures and facilitates their modern life.

On the other hand, the spread of English language has negative influences on Jordanians and their languages.

English as a lingua franca affects the Arabic language in many ways such as English is competing with Arabic because many sectors require it as tourism, government, business, and travel, etc.

In addition, the flow of English borrowings will affect the purity of Arabic language.

Furthermore, English affects our children; it makes them lose interest in learning the Arabic language.

Thus, Jordanians should maintain and strengthen the role of Arabic language in the educational system and in its development of terminologies especially in science and technology.

Main Topic

Languages

No. of Pages

76

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Background.

Chapter Two : Review of literature.

Chapter Three : Methodology and procedures.

Chapter Four : Results of the study.

Chapter Five : Discussion, conclusions and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Muhammad, Maha Salah. (2019). The effects of the spread of English Language as a lingua franca on Jordanian society and its languages. Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-900115

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Muhammad, Maha Salah. The effects of the spread of English Language as a lingua franca on Jordanian society and its languages. Middle East University. (2019).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-900115

American Medical Association (AMA)

Muhammad, Maha Salah. (2019). The effects of the spread of English Language as a lingua franca on Jordanian society and its languages. Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-900115

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-900115