The present study examines the efficiency of email exchange in developing intercultural awareness between the
Saudi and non-Saudi EFL students and EFL native teachers of English from USA, UK and Canada. Qualitative
content analysis was used to assess the participants’ use of email-based writing to develop both their
intercultural awareness and their linguistic competence such as word-choice, collocations, and phrases of
apologies, condolences, congratulations, exclamations, clich.s, discourse fillers and the like. Analyzing the
participants’ data obtained through their email exchange over eight weeks of the first semester in 2017 along
with the EFL teacher’s reflective reports and the researcher’s observation notes, the study revealed that both of
the study groups developed their intercultural awareness and enhanced many of the L2 sociocultural issues. The
project was proved to be a positive experience which may open doors for further pedagogical considerations.
The study is also a communication channel for both groups to redress any sociocultural misunderstandings,
biases or misconceptions. Both groups displayed supportive and constructive communication with each other.