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Aresty Posters 2009 Aresty Posters 2009
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May 22, 2009
Date taken
May 21, 2009

Title: From High-Context Communication to Low-Context Communication: The Adjustment of International Students

As a student researcher, I used to assume that the difference in communication between eastern and western countries is based on different cultural traditions, values and ideals. Upon learning the meanings of high-context and low-context communication, I decided to apply both concepts to study an issue faced by many international students. I am interested in exploring how individuals from high-context communication countries adjust their communication with individuals from low-context communication countries. The concept of low-context communication suggests that all the messages the speakers want to convey are to be stated clearly and directly. On the other hand, the concept of high-context communication suggests that speakers usually rely on indirect style and expect others to understand the implications they make. In a university setting, I have developed this research to better understand the impact of high-context communication on international college students who are from high-context cultures and whose first language is not English, and how they have adapted to low-context communication settings. I have designed and distributed a survey of 18 multiple choice and 6 open-ended questions to around 20-25 international undergraduate and graduate students to address four issues: (a) what communication strategies they have applied; (b) how they have actively changed their communication behavior to make themselves understood; (c) whether they are aware of the high-context vs. low-context communication difference before and after they arrive in the U.S.; (d) whether they have adjusted how they communicate in a low-context classroom. I am currently distributing the surveys and collecting responses from international students. After further analysis, the results and my findings will be presented in the poster.

Elaine Yu (elaineyu@eden.rutgers.edu)
Dr. Hui-Min Kuo (hmkuo@scils.rutgers.edu Will open in a new tab or window), SCILS Communication

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