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Identity construction and negotiation through an EFL syllabus in Sudan

Identity construction and negotiation through an EFL syllabus in Sudan

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Title: Identity construction and negotiation through an EFL syllabus in Sudan
Author: Mugaddam, Abdelrahim
Abstract: This paper investigates the process of national identity construction among basic school pupils in The Sudan. The paper adopts the assumption that identity can be constructed and negotiated via language. SPINE3, a textbook of English as a foreign language taught to Grade 8 has been chosen as a representative of language programs implemented at basic level schools in the Sudan and thus the main source of data for the study. Issues such as traditions, customs, good values, religion, cloths, food, literature, historical events, famous people, etc, have been carefully considered in terms of their representation in the textbook. A critical discourse analysis approach has been employed in the process of data analysis. Results show that SPINE 3 promoted and help construct a national identity among the pupils. Yet, the identity constructed and negotiated through the textbook is based primarily on the Arabic and Islamic culture which is thought to be the most effective unifying factor of the Sudanese nation. As such, PINE 3 completely ignores and marginalize Sudan‟s rich linguistic, cultural and ethnic heritage. The paper concludes that paying due respect to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Sudan will help realize political and economic settlement in the Sudan.
Description: Identity construction and negotiation through an EFL syllabus in Sudan
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4390
Date: 2014-11-12


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