Effects of Virtual Conversations through Skype on Vietnamese Students’ Intercultural Communicative Competence

  • Loan Thi Minh Nguyen School of Foreign Languages- Thai Nguyen University
  • Hang Thi Le School of Foreign Languages
Keywords: ICC, Skype, AIC, communication


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.

Author Biography

Hang Thi Le, School of Foreign Languages

Hang Le has been a lecturer of English at School of Foreign Languages - Thainguyen University since 1996. She teaches Oral and Written Proficiency, Country Studies, Interpretation, Semantics, Phonology and Phonetics, Pronunciation, and Teaching Methodology. Apart from these, she has designed Oral and Written Proficiency, and Research Methodology syllabuses for students in their first, second and third years. Her research interests are curriculum design, language learning strategies, ICT in learning and teaching and English teaching methodology.

How to Cite
Nguyen, L., & Le, H. (2018). Effects of Virtual Conversations through Skype on Vietnamese Students’ Intercultural Communicative Competence. VietTESOL International Convention Proceedings, 134-145. Retrieved from http://proceedings.viettesol.org/index.php/VIC/article/view/38