Chinese college students’ intercultural competence: Current situation, barriers and solutions

Yuting MU, Baohua YU

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Abstract

Situated in Byram’s intercultural competence model (1997), this study sought to investigate Chinese college students’ intercultural competence. Using a combination of a survey questionnaire and face-to-face interviews, the study explored the experiences of students in an English major class. The results showed that students were not satisfied with their reported intercultural competence. In addition, students’ desire for culture learning was constrained by the current language teaching methods and content. Discussions are made on how to position culture in language teaching and learning. Lastly but not least, the article considers how teachers could provide more opportunities for authentic intercultural learning with a view to preparing students to participate as global citizens. Copyright © 2020 the author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Citation

Mu, Y., & Yu, B. (in press). Chinese college students’ intercultural competence: Current situation, barriers and solutions. Journal of Intercultural Communication.

Keywords

  • Intercultural competence
  • Culture teaching
  • Language teaching
  • Vocational education
  • PG student publication

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