Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(8), pp. 1675 - 1683
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060807
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English Language as a Communication Bridge in Post War Kosova


Feride Lohaj *
English Language and Literature, Faculty of Languages and Communication, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia

ABSTRACT

In Kosova, after the war, Albanian and Serb youth have not had opportunity to learn the language of each other. They have communicated in English language and thus this language has expanded throughout the region from its previous function as a sign of prestige and necessity for people who want to get educated or work abroad to the main tool of communication between the two ethnicities still distanced from each other. In this study, the English language textbooks were analyzed in order to determine whether elements of the cultures of both ethnicities were included, Serbian and Albanian, also if the textbooks could be designed with many cultural elements from this region, so that both communities could use them at schools. Only official textbooks were analyzed, but not other teaching materials that might be additionally used by the teachers. Findings answered the study questions. They showed that there is no cultural elements of Albanians and very little of cultural elements of Serbians covered in English language textbooks and also that the textbooks can be designed with many cultural elements from this region, so that both communities can use them at schools. Serbian and Kosova curricula slightly differ from each other meaning the new designed textbooks could meet expectation of both curricula, Serbian and Kosova's.

KEYWORDS
Multiculturalism, Interculturalism, English Language, Teaching, Cultural Differences

Cite this paper
Feride Lohaj . "English Language as a Communication Bridge in Post War Kosova." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.8 (2018) 1675 - 1683. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060807.