Bangladeshi Expatriate Students in Saudi Arabia and Their Languages


  •  Pulak Barua    

Abstract

The paper attempts to throw light on the languages used by Bangladeshi expatriate students in Saudi Arabia as well as their feelings and thoughts towards their mother tongue. To meet this end, 175 students of Bangladesh International School in Jeddah (both Bengali and English medium) were asked to fill up a questionnaire and later some of them were interviewed randomly to have a better understanding of their approaches towards different languages. Since no research has yet been conducted in this field, this paper brings to light a number of exciting findings including a multilingual young Bangladeshi community abroad along with a visible demarcation regarding different sociolinguistic aspects such as the medium of instruction of education and their gender.



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