ERIC Number: ED367011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Differences between Native and Non-Native Instructors as Perceived by U.S. Students.
A study investigated non-native instructors' communication behaviors as perceived by their students. Subjects, 81 undergraduate students on 2 campuses of a state university in the northern United States, responded to a questionnaire. The results of qualitative and quantitative analyses indicated that U.S. students' feeling about non-native instructors was mixed. Though being recognized as an asset to U.S. education, non-native instructors were expected to improve their language proficiency and cultural understanding. A student's previous contact with people from other cultures was found to have positively influenced the way he or she perceived the clarity of non-native instructors' messages. In addition, a significant gender effect was identified on perceived organization of their non-native instructors' messages. (Contains 2 tables of data and 20 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Nonnative Speakers; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).