Intercultural competence workshop
A group of Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication (on-campus) students studied the impact of the Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) on the intercultural competence of the international students, as a project of the Supervised Field Study course. They conducted a survey of international students who have completed this program, and concluded that PMP has some positive effects on the intercultural competence of international students in terms of intercultural awareness and fundamental competence, but there is a gap in effectively enhancing the intercultural competence of international students. Therefore, as a project for a second course Contemporary Issues in Communication, the group designed a workshop as an applied project, to help international students gain relevant knowledge of intercultural identity and improve their intercultural communication skills, especially for both study and social life in their new cultural environment, Canada.
Based on research findings, they designed a workshop to help international students gain relevant knowledge of intercultural competence and improve their intercultural communication skills. The workshop was presented to PMP students and received positive feedback. After the workshop, the group members exchanged their contact information with PMP students in order to build up a larger social network with them.
The group would like to thank the many people who made this project successful and who deserve recognition:
Anne Parker, Elvira Perrella and Max Weinstein, who supported the research and offered opportunity to present the workshop to the PMP students, and offered useful feedback about the workshop for the further improvement of our project.
Instructors Dr. Robert Aucoin and Dr. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, who taught in MAIIC on campus programs and guided the project.
All the PMP students who actively participated in the workshop and shared their comments for the further improvement of the project.
Submitted on behalf of student Emma Wang.