Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                         Pp.232-241

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Promoting Azerbaijani Students’ Intercultural Competence through Distance Education of
Foreign Languages

Sevda Imanova
Department of Science
Azerbaijan University of Languages
Baku, Azerbaijan


Received: 7/22/ 2021                          Accepted: 8/8/ 2021                Published: 9/24/2021:


The main aim of this study is to determine the advantages and disadvantages of distance teaching and promoting Intercultural Competence in learning foreign languages in the Azerbaijani higher education system. Nowadays the growing tendency of remote education proves that, education has become more reachable in comparison to the past decades. At the same time, distance education has brought new demands and regulations to the education system. The COVID-19outbreak has necessitated the online teaching process resulting in specific problems, including the maintenance of interaction in online teaching. Thus, this study explores both benefits and drawbacks of teaching foreign languages through distance learning in Azerbaijan. In this research, a quantitative research method in the form of a survey has been utilized to explore the tendency of teaching intercultural competence in foreign language classes at universities. Finally, it may be concluded that distance education provides enormous opportunities to practice intercultural communicative competence by using modern information technologies and does not differ much from face-to-face learning.
Keywords: Azerbaijani higher education, distance education, foreign languages, intercultural competence, a mediator of cultures,
motivation, online teaching

Cite as:   Imanova, S.  (2021). Promoting Azerbaijani Students’ Intercultural Competence through Distance Education of Foreign Languages.
Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 232-241.


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Received: 7/22/ 2021   
Accepted: 8/8/ 2021
Published: 9/24/2021 

Dr. Sevda Imanova is an Associate Professor of Pedagogy at Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) and currently she is the Head of Department of Science. Her areas of research interest include forming of students’ intercultural competence and assessing its level at foreign languages classes.