Intercultural Communication and Acculturation of Chinese Lecturers in Thailand

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Shih Yi Huang

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     This study aims to investigate the various dimensions of acculturation of Chinese lecturers from the Perspective of Intercultural Communication which includes six facets of culture, specifically: Thai University administrative culture; Thai teaching culture; Thai interpersonal culture; Thai social culture; Thai eating habits; and Thai daily habits. Also considered are 11 nonverbal facets which are also investigated, namely: posture; gestures; facial expressions; eye contact and gaze; touch; paralanguage; space and distance; clothing and makeup; time concept; gender concept; and silence. The participants involved in this study are from three age categories, ranging from 25 to 45 years old, have studied and been observed for one to two years. Qualitative semi-structured interviews are conducted with Chinese teachers and also Thai teachers who are in administrative positions with between 5 to 25 years of administrative experiences. The experience of Thai teachers dealing with the acculturation of Chinese teachers are also examined.


    It is hoped the findings of this study will contribute to a better and more complete understanding of acculturation of Chinese teachers who teach in Thai international universities. It is further hoped that it will also help future teachers adapt successfully to Thai culture. The results and suggestions obtained will be available for use in compiling teacher intercultural training guides for students teaching Chinese as a second language or for those who just want to teach in Thailand, as well as helping to assist Thai universities propose intercultural programs that will enhance the teaching prerequisite for Chinese language teachers.

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