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, this study employed survey questionnaires and face-to-face interviews to investigate the current situation of Chinese college students’ intercultural competence through exploring a class of English majors. The results show that students were not satisfied with their reported intercultural competence; their desire for cultural learning was constrained by the current language teaching methods and content. Suggestions are made on how to position culture in language teaching and learning with implications for how teachers could provide more opportunities for authentic intercultural learning and prepare students to participate as global citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-57
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Culture teaching
  • Intercultural competence
  • Language teaching
  • Vocational education

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