The Impact of the Acculturative Social Variables on Adult FSL Learners in Finlan
The aim of the study is to explore the impact of the acculturative social variables, proposed by Schumann (1978),
on nine adult Arab learners of Finnish. In-depth interviewhas been utilisedas a method of data collection. ATLAS.ti version
7 software was used for managing and analyzing data. The findings showed that; the participants are socially distant from the
Finnish host society, they have the intention to stay in Finland for long time and adaptation was chosen as an integration
pattern,lack of similarity between the participants’ native culture and that of the host Finnish community, and
interactivesocial activities are limited to Finnish courses only.
Keywords - Acculturation, assimilation, preservation, adaptation, social distance