Research note: The role of willingness to communicate in cross-cultural adaptation

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Abstract

Despite widely reported ‘Mainland-Hong Kong conflicts’, recent years have witnessed progressive growth of Mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong universities. This study aims to explore the role of Willingness to Communicate (WTC) in the cross-cultural adaptation of such a group of sojourning students. Structural equation modelling showed that the competence in L2 communication played a significant role in L2 WTC, which had an influential effect on academic adaptation, which was itself identified as a mediator between psychological adaptation and socio-cultural adaptation. Implications for curriculum design and instructional practice on international students are discussed. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIntercultural Education
Early online date11 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Feb 2021

Citation

Yu, B. (2021). Research note: The role of willingness to communicate in cross-cultural adaptation. Intercultural Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14675986.2021.1857115

Keywords

  • L2 willingness to communicate
  • Competence in L2 communication
  • Psychological adaptation
  • Socio-cultural adaptation
  • Academic adaptation
  • Structural equation modelling

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