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The Role of Face-to-Face Interpersonal Communication with Different Social Networks in the Development of Intercultural Communication Competence

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The present study examines the extent to which non-native individuals were engaged in face-to-face interpersonal communication with three types of social networks (host, coethnic, and interethnic). It also examines how non-natives used these social networks to fulfill their various needs in the host society and the relative importance of their communication activities in the development of intercultural communication competence. Data were collected from 116 Chinese graduate students studying at universities in southeastern United States and also those who newly graduated from those graduate programs and had been working in the United States. The findings suggest that host and interethnic face-to-face interpersonal communication are significant and helpful to the non-natives' effective functioning in the host society and their development of intercultural communication competence. In comparison, coethnic face-to-face interpersonal communication might play an insignificant or minor role in improving non-natives' intercultural communication competence. The overarching goal of the study is to help sojourners and immigrants in the success of developing intercultural communication competence.
subject
Intercultural Communication Competence
Interpersonal Communication
Social Networks
contributor
Gao, Chen (author)
Hazen, Michael (committee chair)
Louden, Allan (committee member)
Kiang, Lisa (committee member)
date
2011-07-14T20:35:56Z (accessioned)
2011-07-14T20:35:56Z (available)
2011 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/33472 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
The Role of Face-to-Face Interpersonal Communication with Different Social Networks in the Development of Intercultural Communication Competence
type
Thesis

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