Communication Accommodation of Indonesian Teachers in Using Language as an Intercultural Adaptation at a Korean International School in Jakarta, Indonesia


Intercultural communication can occur in many contexts, one of them is in the educational context. There is a Korean international school in Jakarta, Indonesia. Not only Korean people who work in this school, but also Indonesian people. This Korean international school employs Indonesian teachers to teach in English. That is why there are three languages in this school: Korean, English and Indonesian. But the official languages only Korean and English. These language differences might bring barrier in interacting. This research is using qualitative method with Communication Accommodation Theory. In collecting data, researcher uses literature review and in-depth interview on three Indonesian teachers. The focus of this research is on the using language of Indonesian teachers as their strategy to adapt in this school. The results of the research show that the informants more often diverge toward Korean while at school and sometimes they converge to simple Korean words in some special cases. Moreover, based on the data, there is a tendency of the informants to over-accommodate in generally that Korean people are like to underestimate Indonesians just because Koreans (especially Korean teachers) often speak Korean no matter what the situation is.

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El Chris Natalia, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2018
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication

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