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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2023, 6(20); doi: 10.25236/FER.2023.062030.

Research on the Main Factors and Influencing Mechanisms Affecting the Intercultural Communication Competence of Chinese International Students in Thailand


Luo Jing, Nuttapong Jotikasthira

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Nuttapong Jotikasthira

Rattanakosin International College of Creative Entrepreneurship, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin, Bangkok, Thailand


This study aims to investigate the main influencing factors and mechanisms of cross-cultural communicative competence of Chinese students in Thailand. The study hypothesized that culture shock and Sociocultural Adaptation were important predictors of intercultural communicative competence; culture shock had a significant negative impact on intercultural communicative competence, while Sociocultural Adaptation competence had a significant positive effect on intercultural communicative competence. Chinese students in Thailand (n=189) completed the questionnaire. This study adopts the path model of linear regression of SPSS to verify the proposed theoretical hypothesis. The study selected demographic characteristics of international students, including gender, age, length of study abroad and education level. The results of the study show that there are two internal dimensions to measure the Sociocultural Adaptation ability: personal skills and social skills. In addition, the study also found that they were all significantly positively correlated with intercultural communicative competence (P<0.05). This article explores these findings and implications.


Intercultural Communicative Competence; Culture Shock; Sociocultural Adaptation for personal skills; Sociocultural Adaptation for social skills

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Luo Jing, Nuttapong Jotikasthira. Research on the Main Factors and Influencing Mechanisms Affecting the Intercultural Communication Competence of Chinese International Students in Thailand. Frontiers in Educational Research (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 20: 190-204. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2023.062030.


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