Reflections of Continuous Exposure to American Digital Content: The Case of EFL Students in Saudi Arabia

Ryan Khalid Al-harbi


It is spotted many EFL students in Saudi Arabia utilizing American digital content as the main digital learning tool. It occurs due to the vast majority of American media and American digital platforms they use. Some signs like accent, ideas, and beliefs were noticed on some of EFL students who are exposed to American content. A quantitative research method used via “Google Forms” out of 17 items addressed to EFL students in Qassim University of Saudi Arabia. The research showed that EFL learners who are exposed to American multimedia resources are more indulged into American culture, ideology, society, history, and even accent. It is seen that facing American content unwarily might be negatively noticed in EFL behaviors. The study concluded that American digital content lacks pedagogical and academical roles to be implemented in EFL classes. It is recommended to instruct EFL students who use English content informal resources to be more aware when they are into American visual or verbal content. It is also suggested that American content should be applied as an interactive learning tool under the supervision of English learning practitioners.


Exposure, American digital content, EFL students

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