ESL Learners’ Intercultural Competence, L2 Attitudes and WEB 2.0 use in American Culture

Jelena Vuksanovic (1)
(1) University of South Florida , United States

Abstract

This study explores ESL learners’ intercultural communication, L2 attitudes, and their relationship to the use of Web 2.0 tools and technology. Survey responses were obtained from 24 intermediate ESL speakers living in the United States. The results reveal there is low correlation between learners’ intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and use of technology. However, the correlation is stronger for learners’ ICC and L2 attitudes. Although the findings in this study are not statistically significant, they indicate that there is potential for further investigating the variables at hand. Additionally, it is argued that intercultural competence should be made a part of the ESL classes, and that learners’ attitudes are imperative when it comes to interacting with people from other cultures.

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Jelena Vuksanovic
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Author Biography

Jelena Vuksanovic, University of South Florida

Jelena Vuksanovic is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology program at the University of South Florida. She works as an adjunct instructor in the English Language Program at USF. Her research interests include second language acquisition, applied linguistics, instructional technology as applied to ESL, L2 motivation, emotions, and emotional intelligence. Her dissertation focuses on investigating the relationship between language learning motivation and emotions.

Vuksanovic, J. (2018). ESL Learners’ Intercultural Competence, L2 Attitudes and WEB 2.0 use in American Culture. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 18(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v18i1.754

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