EFL College Programmes In Egypt And Saudi Arabia: Advantages And Difficulties In Intercultural Instruction

Mohamed Amin Mekheimer (1) , Abdulaziz Fageeh (2)
(1) Department of Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, Beni Suef University , Egypt
(2) Department of English- Abha - King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia , Saudi Arabia

Abstract

The present study evaluated faculty and student perceptions of the challenges and benefits of intercultural and multicultural education in EFL college classrooms. Using the descriptive approach through survey, the study further investigates the benefits and barriers to inter/multicultural education in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, including content integration, acculturation pedagogy, and the incorporation of cultural knowledge in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses as perceived by faculty and students in both countries. The sample consisted of 25 EFL instructors and 33 fifth and sixth-grade EFL students from King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia, as well as 45 TEFL students from Beni Suef University in Egypt. Findings revealed that while both teachers and students value cultural integration, challenges such as limited resources and cultural sensitivity persist.. Notably, the results showed that literature-based English teaching could be an efficient medium for introducing the target language culture to students. However, challenges include acquiring requirements to develop intercultural competence, professional development needs, and obstacles that hinder EFL instructors from teaching linguistic and cultural competence.

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Mohamed Amin Mekheimer
mohamed.abdelgawad3@edu.bsu.edu.eg (Primary Contact)
Abdulaziz Fageeh
Author Biographies

Mohamed Amin Mekheimer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL, Beni Suef University

Dr. Mohamed Mekheimer is a seasoned Associate Professor of TESOL with a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Cairo University. He has extensive experience in English language education in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, focusing on curriculum development, applied linguistics, and technology integration. Mekheimer's research interests include e-learning, intercultural communication, learner motivations, and attitudes.

Abdulaziz Fageeh, Department of English- Abha - King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Professor Abdulaziz Fageeh, a renowned Applied Linguistics expert at King Khalid University, is a leading figure in the field of TESOL, computer applications in education, and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)-based writing instruction and assessment in Saudi Arabia. His expertise in these interconnected fields has significantly influenced the field, making him a respected authority in the field.

Mekheimer, M. A., & Fageeh, A. (2024). EFL College Programmes In Egypt And Saudi Arabia: Advantages And Difficulties In Intercultural Instruction. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(2), 128–143. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v24i2.646

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