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The research paper has to have the same topic as the case study attached, “Case Study Final”. The introduction has to have a topic/title, hook, connecting information, and thesis. It also has to follow the rubric and overview.
Foreigners Effect on Kuwaiti Language, Culture, and Tradition
Dr. Adrian Wurr
March 15, 2018
What are the effects of foreigners on Kuwaiti culture, tradition, and language? My research question focuses on the extent of effect the foreigners have on Kuwaitis. This topic is important to Kuwaitis because they are trying to preserve their language and keep it ongoing without any outside influence of other foreign languages that are being used everyday. Since the foreigners outnumber the Kuwaitis by more than half of the population, these expats will have a drastic effect on the Kuwaiti language, culture, and traditions. The results of my survey showed how much foreigners affect the Kuwaiti language, culture, and tradition. Kuwait is filled with expats who have all sorts of influence on us, Kuwaitis that is why this topic is important to me. This case study is directed to Kuwaitis to show them how influenced we are. The research question can be asked to both Kuwaitis and foreigners to get both sides of the situation of the effects of foreigners on Kuwaiti culture, tradition, and language.
I have constructed a survey to show how much of an effect foreigners have on the Kuwaiti language, culture, and tradition. I used the method of doing surveys, so I could get more diverse opinions in less time. I asked ten questions to thirty participants aged 18-25 selected at random. The survey was done in person in the university. I asked different groups of people in the university to get different opinions of both the male and female, and foreign and Kuwaiti students. I specifically chose half of the participants Kuwaiti and the other half foreigners. I chose this age group because it is more aware of the western effects on our everyday life in Kuwait. I kept the participant’s names anonymous so I could encourage them to speak out their true opinions. To make it fair and get both sides of the argument, I asked 15 Kuwaitis and 15 foreigners.
|1) Are you Kuwaiti or foreign?
|2) Are you monolingual, bilingual, or multilingual?||Monolingual Bilingual Multilingual
|3) Is Kuwaiti Arabic your first language?||Yes No
|4) To what extent do foreigners negatively impact Kuwaiti language?||0 1 2 3 4
|5) To what level do you think you follow Kuwaiti culture and tradition?|| 0 1 2 3 4
|6) To what degree do you think foreigners affect Kuwaiti culture, language, and tradition?||0 1 2 3 4
|7) Is your native language your first language?||Yes No
|8) Is there a difference in your language influenced by foreigners?||Yes No
|9) To what extent do you think foreigners have a positive impact on Kuwait?||0 1 2 3 4
|10) To what level do you think foreigners try to learn about Kuwaiti language, culture, and tradition?||0 1 2 3 4
Figure 1: Survey given to the thirty participants.
The results of my survey, which consisted of 30 people, 15 Kuwaitis and 15 foreigners in the age group 18-25, compared the foreigner’s effect on Kuwaiti language, tradition, and culture. Foreigners seemed to have a different approach of their effect on Kuwaitis and the Kuwaiti language. Kuwaitis believed that the foreigners had a drastic effect on Kuwaiti culture, tradition, and language. Both groups seemed to believe that foreigners have little negative impact on Kuwaiti language. Mostly all participants believed that they strongly followed Kuwaiti culture and tradition. Almost all participants believed that foreigners have a big affect Kuwaiti culture, language, and tradition. More than 80% of the Kuwaiti and foreign participants believed that there is a difference in their language influenced by foreigners. The results showed that both groups believe that foreigners have a positive impact on Kuwait with an average of level 3 and higher. Almost all participants agreed that foreigners try to learn about Kuwaiti language, culture, and tradition with a level 2 and higher. A copy of the survey answers is included in the appendix.
Figure 2: Is your native language your first language?
This chart shows the results of question 7 of the survey. As you can see almost all the participants speak their native language as their first language despite the foreigners’ effect. Some view that your native language is your first language, but by doing the survey I realized that small percentage of Kuwaitis and foreigners use English as their first language instead of Arabic or another language. This shows how big of an influence foreigners have on them by influencing their first language.
Figure 3: Is there a difference in your language influenced by foreigners?
This chart shows the results of question 8 of the survey. Most of the participants believe that foreigners heavily influence their language. The survey results show that the majority of the participants both Kuwaiti and foreign believe the same thing.
The results do provide some insight on foreign and Kuwaiti views on foreigner’s effect on Kuwaiti language, tradition, and culture. This can inform us how both groups feel and react towards this topic. The main focus of this case study was to examine the influence of foreigners on Kuwaiti tradition, language, and culture. The results that I gathered from the surveys showed me that both groups think similarly. Both groups agreed that foreigners had more of a positive than negative impact on Kuwaiti language. Also, the groups believed that foreigners have tried to learn about Kuwaiti language, culture, and tradition while also influencing the language the most. The participants’ answers to question 10 show that foreigners and Kuwaitis take into consideration to follow and respect Kuwaiti culture and tradition, since foreigners outnumber Kuwait’s population. However the influence is so big that we don’t realize that we copy the foreigners and forget our culture and tradition. The survey answers to questions four, six, eight, and nine show that foreigners have a strong impact and influence on Kuwaiti culture and tradition by making it more western and modern rather than conservative and historic. Foreigners also influence the Kuwaiti language by adapting some of the English language to our everyday Kuwaiti Arabic use of the age group 18-25.
The data I collected did not answer my research question specifically because of the little research done on this precise topic and the limited time we had. After speaking with some experts about this topic I only found out that the age group I picked out has a more positive outlook on this topic rather than an older age group that would have a negative outlook. This suggests looking more into this topic because of the limited information there is out there. The research is still very limited and needs to be worked on. My research question couldn’t be answered specifically because of the diverse outlooks Kuwaitis and foreigners have on this topic. Most Kuwaitis don’t feel that foreigners have a negative impact on them because we have adapted part of their lifestyle in our everyday conversations and actions. It shows how diverse we are as a society because we all believe in different things and act in different ways being influence by foreigners or not. This case study was important to Kuwaitis because we are very affected by the foreigners and western media that we even try to incorporate it in our lives. My results couldn’t specifically support my research question so it is suggested that this issue is to be studied further in the future.
Figure 4: Survey Answers from thirty participants.
This figure shows the answers I gathered from the surveys conducted in the university with fifteen Kuwaitis and fifteen foreigners selected at random aged 18-25.
Research paper Overview
Same/similar topic as your case study
3+ scholarly sources (4-5 for A/B); one may be your case study (used & cited selectively,
not large portions copied and pasted)
Argumentative, and includes counter-arguments
Introduction due Sun April 1st
Assignment Points/% Due Dat
Introduction 5 April 1
Reference Page 5 April 5
Paragraphs w/ citations 5 April 12
Rough Draft 10 April 19
Final Draft 5 May 3rd