Host Language Proficiency, Intercultural Sensitivity, and Study Abroad


  • Jane Jackson



Study abroad, Hong Kong, Foreign language students, Intercultural communicative competence, Education abroad


This paper focuses on a case study of advanced foreign language students who took part in a short-term study abroad program. By examining their journeys, from their home environment to the host culture and back again, we gain a deeper understanding of the development of their intercultural communicative competence. In the process, the linkage between linguistic and intercultural development is problematized. While the participants were Hong Kong university students who sojourned in England, elements of their stories should reach across ethnic, linguistic, and geographic lines and resonate with foreign language learners in other parts of the world.


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Author Biography

Jane Jackson

Jane Jackson is Professor in the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include intercultural communication/pragmatics, identity (re)construction, and study abroad learning. With the support of competitive research grants, she is investigating the language, cultural, personal, and academic development of study abroad students. 


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How to Cite

Jackson, J. (2011). Host Language Proficiency, Intercultural Sensitivity, and Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 21(1), 167–188.



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