Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 16, April 2008

Lai Siew Hoon and Kato Tomiko

Intercultural Communication in the Japanese Language Classroom in Singapore: A Comparison of Studentsí and Teachersí Perceptions

Abstract

Exploring the communicative behavior of teachers and students in the Japanese language classroom in Singapore is one important way of looking at intercultural communication between Japanese and Singaporeans. Ease in effective communication is often hindered by differences in expectations resulting in communication gaps. In this study, attempts were made to explore the differences in perceptions held by students and Japanese teachers of (i) a good teacher versus a Japanese teacher; and (ii) a good student versus a university student. A questionnaire based on previous findings was constructed using a 5-point semantic differential scale for this purpose. A comparison of results showed that there were significant differences in studentsí and teachersí perception of a good teacher/student versus the teacher/student in reality.

Keywords: Intercultural, Communication, Japanese Language, Classroom, Perceptions


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