Blog and Intercultural Grouping Effect on Learners’ Perceptions of Intercultural Communication Projects

Ghada Awada (1) , Nuwar Mawlawi Diab (2)
(1) American University of Beirut School of Arts and Sciences , Lebanon
(2) Lebanese American University School of Arts and Sciences , Lebanon

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of integrating Blog Assisted Language Learning(BALL) and small culturally -mixed group work on improving the perceptions of intercultural communication and writing research projects of university students (n=102) of different cultures enrolled in Advanced Rhetoric classrooms in two American universities during a 16-week period. The study employed Pre-test/Post-test control group design whereby the experimental group participants received the treatment encompassing the integration of blog-mediated instruction and culturally-mixed group work and the control group received regular research instruction. Data were collected using two surveys. The findings proved that the treatment was effective in improving the experimental group perceptions of the intercultural communication and writing research projects whereas the control group did not show similar improvement.

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Authors

Ghada Awada
ghadawada@gmail.com (Primary Contact)
Nuwar Mawlawi Diab
Author Biographies

Ghada Awada, American University of Beirut School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ghada Awada is a senior education consultant, a Fulbright Scholar and a coordinator of American University of Beirut CEC certificate programs. She is an expert in curriculum design, textbook writing, teacher education and learning difficulties. She worked as a consultant in different projects for the American University of Beirut, institutions, and schools in many Arab countries. She also worked as consultant for ESCWA from 2013-2014, World Bank from 2016-present, and DRASATI from 2011-2015 to give training on HUBS, ICT, and 21 century skills, strategies, and techniques. She was awarded appreciation certificates by MEHE (2004), Lebanese university (2004), Lebanese American University- Teaching Excellence trophy (2013), American university of Beirut (2017) and Lebanese Army Research Center(2017).

Nuwar Mawlawi Diab, Lebanese American University School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Nuwar Mawlawi Diab has taught English language courses for the past 30 years, first at the American University of Beirut then at the Lebanese American University, Lebanon. In addition to teaching, she served as a coordinator of several English language courses and has been the Director of the B.A. in Translation program at the Lebanese American University since 2012. Dr. Mawlawi Diab is an expert on writing feedback and assessment and has published on this topic in internationally refereed journals, namely System and Assessing writing as well as in international conference proceedings. Dr. Mawlawi Diab is a member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS).

Awada, G., & Diab, N. M. (2018). Blog and Intercultural Grouping Effect on Learners’ Perceptions of Intercultural Communication Projects. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 18(3), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v18i3.764

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