On the Potential Factors Affecting Language Teachers’ Selection of Communication Strategies in Intercultural Immersion Experience
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Much of the literature on communicative competence focuses on the importance in intercultural communication and the acquisition of communicative competence, among which strategic competence deserves a special place. Most of these studies focus on foreign/second language learners, but few centre on the teachers. Based on a qualitative study of nine Chinese language teachers as 4-month visiting scholars in America, this paper mainly examines the factors affecting language teachers’ selection of communication strategies in intercultural immersion experience. The findings show that language proficiency, personality and group dynamics are the major factors for their choice of specific strategies in different contexts.
Communication strategies, intercultural immersion experience, factors.