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Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi

Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7763-6678
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 57188754727
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University
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Research

Title
Investment in English Language Learning and Ethnocentrism: A Study of the Relationship in a Multi-Ethnic Context
Type
JournalPaper
Keywords
Intercultural Communication, Ethnocentrism, Investment in English Language Learning, TEL, EFL, Iranian Medical Students
Year
2022
Journal Iranian Journal of English for Academic Purposes
DOI
Researchers Afsaneh Nameni ، Hamid Reza Dowlatabadi ، Alimohammad Mohammadi

Abstract

In multicultural context of health care, health providers’ ethnocentrism and English language skills play a crucial role in effective and appropriate intercultural communication. This study aims to explore the relationship between ethnocentrism and investment in English language learning in the multi-ethnic context of English language classrooms at Iranian medical universities. Thus, the levels of ethnocentrism and investment in English language learning of 200 Iranian medical students were measured using General Ethnocentrism Scale and Investment in English Language Learning Scale. The findings of the present study showed that despite the participants’ relatively moderate levels of ethnocentrism and investment, the two constructs strongly and negatively correlated with each other. That is, the more ethnocentric the participants were, the less invested in English language learning they were. Further, the relationship between ethnocentrism and investment, and different contextual factors such as linguistic loyalty, intercultural friendship, sense of legitimacy, and social comfort in multi-ethnic English classes were investigated. The results showed that social comfort had the strongest relationship with the degree to which the participants invested in English language learning in multi-ethnic classes. Practical implications, direction, and limitations are discussed.