Integrating culture into Arabic communities EFL learning
Waleed Ali Mohsen Asaad
Learning a foreign language is mainly learning another culture, and the involvement in language learning is involvement in the culture learning at the same time. Language and culture are two interrelated mutual dependent aspects in language learning and teaching especially in EFL situations. It has been assumed that the efficient achievement of the former necessarily leads to the achievement of the later and vice versa because each language has its own unique link to the culture with which it co-exists (Nunan, 2010). This article addresses this kind of beneficial relation between the two aspects and the effect of each one on the other, as well as the possibility of achieving one without another. In other words, could the foreign language be acquired efficiently without learning all foreign culture’s aspects or not? In the same manner, could teaching a language take place in isolation of teaching the target culture? The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate this issue particularly in Arab communities where there are lots of challenges and reservations for learning and acquiring other languages with all their culture’s implications due to most Arab communities are very conservative, that is why it has been thought that it might be difficult to take place.