Revisiting EFL Teaching in Iraqi Settings: An Intercultural Approach


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Omar Ali Ilyas University of Mosul, College of Education for Humanities, Department of English Author



Culture, Interaction, Conversational Activities


The current study aims at: A, inviting Iraqi EFL educators (from primary to university levels) to reflect and re-examine their current teaching beliefs and practices from an intercultural point of view; B, raising their awareness of what the concept of “culture” really is and its impact on language learning in modern world; C, introducing an adaptable and flexible framework towards intercultural instruction. Moreover, it focuses on shedding light on some linguistic aspects from a cultural point of view as well as the reasons behind overlooking the concept of “culture” in Iraqi EFL contexts.


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Author Biography


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How to Cite

Revisiting EFL Teaching in Iraqi Settings: An Intercultural Approach. (2024). Al-Noor Journal for Humanities, 2(2).

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