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A Survey of the Intercultural Sensitivity of English Majors in Nationality University of China

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DOI: 10.25236/ieesasm.2020.029


Ying Hua

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Ying Hua


Intercultural Sensitivity Scale formulated by Chen & Starosta was conducted on 163 English majors from a nationality university in Northwest China. The results showed that: Firstly, the Intercultural Sensitivity level of English majors in this university was undesirable on the whole (M=3.7216). Among five factors, Respect for Cultural Difference ranks first (M=4.3497), Interaction Engagement is the second (M=3.8624), and Interaction Confidence is the weakest (M=2.9387). Secondly, the IS level of Grade one ranks first (M = 91.6981), Grade two is the second (M = 88.9333), and Grade three is the weakest (M = 87.2600).Through One-Way ANOVA, significant differences in Intercultural Sensitivity, Respect for Cultural Difference and Interaction Confidence among different grades were obtained. Thirdly, Pearson correlation analysis showed that IS was significantly positively correlated with five factors, of which the correlation with Interaction Engagement was the strongest (r=0.790), followed by Interaction Confidence (r=0.686), the weakest correlation with Interaction Attentiveness (r=0.520). Correlation analysis among the five factors shows that Interaction Engagement and Interaction Confidence are the main factors that affect the IS level of English majors. Finally, exploring the factors that affect the IS level of English majors, strategies and suggestions are provided on how to improve it in the nationality university.


Intercultural sensitivity, Status survey, English majors, Strategy, Nationality university