Preparedness of Chinese Students for American Culture and Communicating in English

  • Melody Rawlings Chinese American Cultural Exchange Foundation, United States
  • Edna Sue Chinese American Association of Cincinnati, United States
Keywords: American culture, English communication, international education, study abroad

Abstract

What Chinese students learn about American culture and the English language in the classrooms of China does not adequately prepare them for the reality of American culture and communication in English. In this study, the constructs of American culture and models of English language taught in Chinese classrooms are compared with the reality of American culture and English communication, as experienced by eight undergraduate students from China. The students visited the United States for the first time to observe American culture and university classes in four cities with plans to return for graduate studies. In light of their experiences, findings revealed that Chinese students may often be unprepared for the challenges they will face associated with cultural dissimilarities and communicating in the English language.

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Author Biographies

Melody Rawlings, Chinese American Cultural Exchange Foundation, United States

Melody Rawlings holds a doctor of education degree in educational leadership. Her research focus and areas of interest include cultural diversity, leadership, distance education, and virtual teamwork.

Edna Sue, Chinese American Association of Cincinnati, United States

Edna Su is the Secretary General for the Chinese American Association of Cincinnati. Since 2007, she has been one of the organization’s key leaders conducting training and facilitating an exchange program with Chinese and American universities. 

Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
Rawlings, M., & Sue, E. (2013). Preparedness of Chinese Students for American Culture and Communicating in English. Journal of International Students, 3(1), 29-40. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/516
Section
Research Articles