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

Baohua YU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-257
Number of pages12
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number2
Early online date11 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This research was supported by the block research grant from the Education University of Hong Kong [Reference numbers: RG79/2013-2014R & RG89/2014-2015R].


  • academic adaptation
  • competence in L2 communication
  • L2 willingness to communicate
  • psychological adaptation
  • socio-cultural adaptation
  • structural equation modelling


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