Sustaining Intercultural Contact: Developing the Intercultural Communicative Competence of EFL Undergraduates in China

Yanping Zhou (1), Hafriza Burhanudeen (2)
(1) Faculty of Education, Language, Psychology and Music, SEGi University, Malaysia, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Luoyang Normal University , China,
(2) Faculty of Education, Language, Psychology and Music, SEGi University, Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract

This article explores intercultural contact as a pathway for the development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) among EFL undergraduates in China during the post-pandemic era. Adopting an exploratory qualitative design with self-reports and focus group interviews as instruments, the challenges faced by EFL undergraduates in intercultural communication and intercultural contact pathways for ICC development were elicited with thematic analysis via NVivo. The challenges that EFL undergraduates encounter in intercultural communication are scant English proficiency, insufficient intercultural experience, and limited intercultural practise. Direct, indirect, self-engaged, and external contact have been extracted as pathways for the development of ICC among EFL undergraduates. This study provides theoretical and empirical evidence to help researchers understand intercultural contact as a way to develop the ICC of EFL undergraduates in China. The findings of this study shed light on the development of ICC in EFL learning and authentic intercultural contexts, offering lecturers and curriculum designers reference points for constructing criteria and syllabi for intercultural English teaching.

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Yanping Zhou
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Hafriza Burhanudeen
Author Biographies

Yanping Zhou, Faculty of Education, Language, Psychology and Music, SEGi University, Malaysia, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Luoyang Normal University

Zhou Yanping is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Luoyang Normal University, China. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Education, Language, Psychology and Music, SEGi University, Malaysia. Her areas of interest include intercultural communication, TEFL, and Chinese American literature.

Hafriza Burhanudeen, Faculty of Education, Language, Psychology and Music, SEGi University, Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr Hafriza Burhanudeen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Languages, Psychology and Music, SEGi University. Her research areas include Discourse Analysis, Language and Intercultural Communication, Language and Culture, Language and Power and Ideology, Diplomatic Communication, Language Attitudes, Language Choices and Sociology of Language.

Zhou, Y., & Burhanudeen, H. (2023). Sustaining Intercultural Contact: Developing the Intercultural Communicative Competence of EFL Undergraduates in China . Journal of Intercultural Communication, 23(4), 13–26. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v23i4.281

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