Effects of Virtual Conversations through Skype on Vietnamese Students’ Intercultural Communicative Competence
This research was aimed to examine the effects of through-SKYPE conversations on the first-year English majors’ intercultural competence at School of Foreign Languages, Thai Nguyen University. Fourteen Vietnamese freshmen majoring in English and fourteen English speaking countries volunteers took part in the 12-week pre-experiment. Pre- and post- survey questionnaires were used to collect data on the participants’ intercultural communicative competence (ICC). The data was analyzed with SPSS. The results indicated that the intercultural competence of Vietnamese students who had virtual conversations with English speaking volunteers improved greatly in all the ICC dimensions: knowledge, skills, attitude and awareness, with the most growth being in knowledge. Also, many individual items of intercutural knowledge were significantly different despite no significant difference in overall ICC. The findings from this study would contribute to the development of intercultural communicative competence using information technology in Vietnamese context.
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