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ERIC Number: ED279032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Communication Competence, Anxiety, Avoidance Behaviors, and the Classroom Experiences of Nonnative English Speakers in the U.S.
Allen, Jerry L.; And Others
A study considered whether nonnative English-speaking students are educationally handicapped in American classrooms by their communication competence (CC) and/or communication apprehension (CA). Affective, cognitive, and behavioral learning outcomes of 298 international college students' CA, immediacy (degree of perceived physical or psychological closeness between communicators), and self-reported CC were determined using two versions of the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension. Results indicated strong correlations between (1) CA in students' native language and CA in English, (2) immediacy with American students and immediacy with instructors, and (3) CA in English and self-perceptions of competency when communicating in English. Analyses revealed a modest relation between students' CA and their immediacy with Americans in general. Findings also showed that CA and immediacy are generalized by students in both their native language and English. In addition, a significant correlation was found between CA in students' native language and competency in that language, between CA in English and affect for the instructor, and between CA and behavior intent. However, CA was not significantly correlated with other affective, cognitive, and behavioral learning outcomes. Nor were competence or immediacy in English found to be significantly related to learning outcomes. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension