Exploring International Programme Students’ Intercultural Communication Competence in Thailand

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the international students’ Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in the international programme at a private university in Thailand as to whether they can adapt and utilize their abilities effectively and appropriately when interacting among people from various different cultural backgrounds in terms of knowledge, attitudes, skills and awareness. A total of 36 international students voluntarily participated in and responded to the survey questionnaires on a 5-Likert scale. Moreover, the data was collected by interviewing and observing the participants through the extracurricular activities and communication through social media. The findings showed that the international programme can enhance an individual’s Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC). While the students’ language proficiency is much better, especially when using English language as the main medium to communicate among themselves, they are able at the same time gain knowledge about other cultures. The result is that the longer they stay in their host country, the more understanding they have towards other cultures because they are studying in an international programme.



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Jirajittra Higgins, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Cross-Cultural Communication

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