A Facebook-based Debate Through English as a Lingua Franca: A Move Toward Intercultural Awareness for a World of Differences

Sami Alhasnawi


Against the increasingly internationalized nature of higher education across the world using English as a lingua franca (ELF), the research reported by this paper is focused around an eight-week Facebook-based debate course to assist university learners of English in Iraq and their international counterparts in the US to negotiate and share social practices and other meanings through intercultural communications using ELF. Baker’s (2011) model of intercultural awareness is presented as the model underpinning its aims. Through thematic analysis, the results reveal participants’ ICA development, conceptual change, and representation of both in their intercultural communication as a social practice. Clearly, native-like proficiency in English is not at stake. The results show how dynamically emerging and situated the relationship is between ELF and users' cultures are for self and other (re-)presentation, a point that needs to be given considerable attention in higher-education contexts.

    Facebook debates, intercultural awareness, English as a lingua franca (ELF), qualitative research

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Sami Alhasnawi
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Author Biography

Sami Alhasnawi, University Al-Qadisiyah, Department of English, College of Education, Iraq

Sami Alhasnawi did his PhD at the University of Southampton, UK, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Hacettepe University in Turkey and a DAAD research fellow at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He is now assistant professor at the University of Al-Qadisiyah in Iraq. His research focuses on sociolinguistics, bi-/multilingualism, multimodality, (trans-)semiotics, English as a lingua franca, English as a medium of instruction, genre-/register-based studies, teacher education, intercultural communication and cultural linguistics.

Alhasnawi, S. (2022). A Facebook-based Debate Through English as a Lingua Franca: A Move Toward Intercultural Awareness for a World of Differences. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 22(1), 39–68. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v22i1.27

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