Assessment of study abroad outcomes in Chinese as a second language: gains in cross-cultural adaptability, language contact and proficiency

Naoko Taguchi, Feng Xiao, Shuai Li

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Abstract

Participants were 109 American college students studying Chinese in a study-abroad programme in Beijing. Following Kelley and Meyer, intercultural competence was defined as cross-cultural adaptability involving four dimensions (emotional resilience, flexibility/openness, perceptual acuity and personal autonomy) and was measured with a survey. A language contact questionnaire was used to document the amount of time spent on social activities. Language proficiency was measured with a standardised Chinese test. Results revealed that intercultural competence and language contact combined explained 37.7% of the proficiency gains. Language contact had direct effects on proficiency, but intercultural competence had indirect effects, mediated by language contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-614
Number of pages15
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Intercultural competence
  • language contact
  • proficiency
  • study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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