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Effat Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

This paper focuses on the way in which children’s language and personal experience develop when they are identified as Cross-Cultural Kids (CCKs) or Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Globalization played a role in increasing the number of CCKs and TCKs. As a result, many research papers have discussed this issue. However, most research papers were discussing the issue negatively, focusing on lack of patriotism, and stability, while ignoring the privileges these children have, such as developing their personality and language acquisition. The paper has a mixed method of research as the data was collected through face interviews and a survey on Facebook undertaken by CCKs and TCKs. Results showed that despite the fact that CCKs and TCKs faced many challenges, they have gained unique personal experience, tolerance to different cultures and advanced language acquisition. It seems that the advantages of being a CCK/TCK are more than the disadvantages, which can be overcome later. As a result, further research must look at the benefits and privileges rather than temporary problems.

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