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ERIC Number: EJ1247022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1718-2298
Fostering Learners' Intercultural Communicative Competence through EIL Teaching: A Quantitative Study
Mai, Hang Thi Nhu
Journal of English as an International Language, v13 n2.2 p133-164 Dec 2018
While a considerable body of research has proposed a crucial need for the shift to English as an international language (EIL) teaching to suit learners' communicative needs in the mobilized world, little has been conducted regarding its effects on improving learners' intercultural communicative competence (ICC). To fill in the literature gap, this study adopted a quantitative approach to gain insight into how learners' ICC is enhanced by implementing EIL teaching principles in an English-speaking course in the Vietnamese tertiary education context. A close-ended questionnaire was administered to 40 third-year English major students at Quang Binh University, Vietnam before and after the course. Their responses were converted into an Excel spreadsheet and analyzed using a deductive approach. A Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test, a non-parametric alternative to the paired-samples t-test, was conducted to determine whether there was a significant difference in learners' knowledge and attitudes in relation to intercultural communicative competence before and after their participation in the course. The findings revealed that mean scores of learners' ICC, in terms of intercultural knowledge and attitudes after the course were significantly higher than those before the course. The study drew the conclusion that the implementation of EIL teaching evidently equips learners with essential knowledge and appropriate behaviors to be successfully engaged in intercultural encounters, and, hence, it is vital to adopt this perspective into English language teaching to meet learners' communicative needs and goals in the twenty-first century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vietnam
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