Asian international students at an Australian University: mapping the paths between integrative motivation, competence in L2 communication, cross-cultural adaptation and persistence with structural equation modelling

Baohua YU*

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Abstract

This study examined the interrelationships of integrative motivation, competence in second language (L2) communication, sociocultural adaptation, academic adaptation and persistence of international students at an Australian university. Structural equation modelling demonstrated that the integrative motivation of international students has a significant effect on competence in L2 communication, which played an influential role in predicting academic adaptation. Academic adaptation, which has been neglected in the literature on intercultural communication and second language acquisition, was itself identified as a major predictor of the sociocultural adaptation and persistence of international students. Implications for curriculum design and instructional practice on international students are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-742
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Volume34
Issue number7
Early online date17 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • academic adaptation
  • competence in L2 communication
  • integrative motivation
  • persistence
  • sociocultural adaptation
  • structural equation modelling

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