Effects of culture shock on English students.

culture shock

One way to learn English for English students is to be in a real environment, but being in the real environment will have its own problems. One of these problems is the culture shock.

Let see what culture shock is, it’s a feeling of disorientation when an English student learner is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life or sets of attitudes. It has different stages and the duration of each stage will vary according to each person and it will have an effect on their English learning.

first stage of the culture shock

culture shock

The first stage which is called the dream stage is the time when the English student enters an English language country. Now everything will be exciting and new for him or her, such as the English food, the places, the English the people speak and so on. But this stage does not last long and easily gives its place to the second stage.

second stage of the culture shock

The second stage of culture shock is the irritation stage. Here the English student feels a bit weird he will encounter problems such as money, sleeping time, customs and even the English he speaks. Unfortunately, this stage lasts longer than the first one.


The third stage is the adjustment stage. Here the English student tries to cope with the differences and difficulties he faces when he uses English for speaking and tries hard to overcome all the difficulties. At this stage he becomes a bit bored and feels his English is not as good as he thought and tries to work in order to make it better.


The fourth stage which is called the adaptation stage, the English student tries to overcome all the difficulties he or she has had up to now. The English he or she speaks will become better, the English people speak will become more understandable for him or her.

Now he or she can easily do the routine things and interact more comfortably with the English speaking people. In fact, it can be said he or she becomes a bit native since his or her English has been improved.

The fifth stage is the reentry stage:

culture shock

this is the time the English student enters his or her country. Now it should be accepted that he or she is not the same person who left his or her country. It might look funny but many of his or her attitudes or way of speaking will seem strange to the people of his or her country.

Even coping with his or her hometown fellows will be hard. All of this happens because the person has changed. Changing is inevitable. People do change some less, some more.

In summary, the stages of culture shock for English learners might be a little different based on the time they spend in the English country. But it cannot be denied that English student who wants to learn English in the English environment will face these stages which will have an effect on their learning.


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