مجلة الآداب و العلوم الإجتماعية
Volume 16, Numéro 4, Pages 280-287

Investigating Intercultural Effectiveness Of High And Low Academic Achievers

Authors : Kouicem Khadidja . Boudekhane Mohamed El Amine .

Abstract

Attaining communication objectives during intercultural communication entails intercultural effectiveness. Lately and due to globalization, it became a must to posses this ability to communicate interculturally, especially for English language learners who are expected to master and use the language worldwide. However, one does not know whether being an interculturally effective person entails having a good academic achievement, knowing that the mastery of a language is a crucial element in many situations. For such reason, we aimed basically, through this paper, to investigate the extent to which academic achievement may contribute to developing the students’ intercultural effectiveness. To attain such an aim, we selected the intercultural effectiveness scale as the research tool. It was addressed to sixty (60) third year students of English in the Department of English at Constantine University, divided into two groups according to their high or low academic achievement in English for the purpose of measuring particular capacities and skills viewed as indispensable components in a culturally diverse environment. The analysis of the data gathered has showed the intense the impact of high academic achievement on the students’ intercultural effectiveness; in other words, it has been confirmed that students with high academic achievement are more interculturally effective than students with low academic achievement.

Keywords

Language and culture ; intercultural competence ; intercultural effectiveness ; intercultural effectiveness scale ; academic achievement