Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Britney Jones


This study dives into Maldivian students’ experiences of learning languages in classrooms, as well as how they perceive their proficiency in English relative to their first language, Dhivehi. I investigated the issue of language loss and its contributors via a qualitative study which consisted of 9 semi-structured 45-60 minute interviews with lower secondary Maldivian students who are in public schools in Male’ city. (Key stage 4, ages 13-17) Through this study, I argue that the Maldives is suffering from language loss among youth because students often have negative experiences in Dhivehi classrooms and feel pressure rooted in higher social and systemic stratification of English persisting in the Maldivian society. These findings will help build the foundational knowledge needed about student experiences and perspectives in developing student-centered solutions to this problem.


Senior project completed at Trinity College Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.