Attallah is a PhD student within Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. He is working on The Language Ideologies and Identities of Saudi University Students in order to explore their views about English as Lingua Franca. This project mainly explores Saudi students’ perception of English to understand the obstacles and difficulties they see in their English language learning. Also, it seeks to tackle this issue through uncovering the different roles of different layers such as culture, religion, nationalism, and locality.
- BA in English from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia (2003-2007)
- MSc in Second Language Learning from The State University of New York, USA (2009-2011)
Attallah worked as an English language teacher at secondary and intermediate schools for two years. After gaining my master degree, he taught different English related modules at university level for three years through which his employee decided to sponsor his PhD studies abroad. This scholarship gave him an opportunity to seek his PhD at the University of Southampton at which the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) is located.
Research interests include, but not limited to:
English as a Lingua Franca, Global Englishes, Language Ideologies, Identities, power relations in language use, Sociolinguistics.