Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
Bonnie M. Spillman
As one of the foreign students in this country, I have had a lot of problems while studying here. For example , how should I express myself, how should I behave when going to an American party and participating in other traditional occasions such as Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. Also, how can I learn about Americans' activities and manners? Some of them I can solve by learning from others or by myself . Many Americans have trouble when communicating with foreigners. They try hard , but they often do not understand each other.
Information from both Americans and foreigners indicates that if they want to communicate effectively they need to know about the others' attitudes , values, experiences , manners, expectations and cultures . The most important factor for effective communication is each individual's willingness to communicate .
The purpose of this investigation is to explore problems, barriers, and gaps in communication between American and foreign students. The following areas will be developed: (l) cultural differences in attitudes, values, mores , and manners, (2) communication barriers related to language problems, (3) attitudes of Americans and foreigners towards each others, and (4) some suggested guidelines for more effective communication . The goals of this investigation are: first , to use theoretical, experimental and survey data to determine what major problems exist in the attempt to communicate inter-culturally, and second, to provide some behavioral suggestions for improving the interaction attempt.
Homsettee, Aruneeprabha, "Facilitating Effective Communication Between Foreigners and Americans at Utah State University" (1975). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 740.