Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 6. July 2020                        Pp. 379-393
DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call6.25

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 Intercultural Awareness and Writing through the Use of WebQuest:  Iraqi Students at Al-
Awsat Technical University as a Case Study
 

 

Shahad Saleh Al Asadi
Al Furat Al Awsat Technical University,Technical Institute of Karbala
Holy Karbala, Iraq

 

 

Abstract:
E-Learning platforms offer plenty of opportunities, pedagogies, and challenges in English Language Teaching (ELT). It is already being applied partially in most parts of the world, and certificates are issued from well-known universities. The cultural dimension in ELT has gained in importance. As long as English is a lingua franca, the needs of English foreign learners (EFL) are far from obtaining the skills or accent of the language. This study is significant because it tries to check to what extent can the intercultural awareness and writing through the use of WebQuest help the Iraqi learners to better up their writing skills. They need to understand the similarities and differences between their own culture and the targeted language culture, English. Iraqi learners are part of the EFL students, and it is time to start getting the intercultural awareness. This study is aimed to pay the Iraqi learners’ attention to the intercultural awareness issues in order to improve their writing skills. Accordingly, an experimental research is conducted on forty-three first-year participants of Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University.  The data of both the Pre-test and Post-test were analyzed by using the SPSS) statistical editor. Results have shown the following: First, the progress of more than (0.05≤) has been detected as far as students’ understanding and using some intercultural concepts in their writings. Second, students show unique enthusiasm in surfing the net for assigning their homework about intercultural awareness’s props.
Keywords: Intercultural awareness, WebQuest, writing, Iraqi students, e-learning, classroom pedagogy, inter-cultural teaching

Cite as: Al Asadi , S. S.(2020). Intercultural Awareness and Writing through the Use of WebQuest:  Iraqi Students at Al-Awsat Technical University as a Case Study. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (6). 379-393.
DOI:https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/call6.25

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Shahad Saleh Al Asadi Assist instructor at Al Furat Al Awsat Technical University/ Technical
Institute of Karbala her major research interests include all language skills in EFL .
ORCiD ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2391-7909