Research into Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Model Test

Ali Asghar Ghasemi (1), Moussa Ahmadian (2)
(1) Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Arak University, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of,
(2) Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Arak University, Iran, Iran, Islamic Republic of


This study intended to propose a model of intercultural communicative competence integrating international posture, L2 motivational self-system, autonomy, and cognitive learning strategies. To do so, 180 EFL learners in the Iranian EFL context, selected by convenience sampling procedure, participated in the study. The findings, derived from structural equation modeling, showed that the model adequately fits to the data. That was discussed that interest in seeking international affairs and making intercultural friends, desire to bridge the gap between their current and future selves, taking responsibility for learning, and employment of deep/surface learning strategies direct learners to open conversation with the speakers of other ethnicities. Finally, implications for language teachers and policymakers to inspiring learners to be competent in intercultural communication were provided.

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Author Biographies

Ali Asghar Ghasemi, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Arak University, Iran

Ali Asghar Ghasemi is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature Arak University, Iran. His fields of interest are Psycholinguistics, Individual Differences in SLA, and Language Testing

Moussa Ahmadian, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Arak University, Iran

Mosa Ahmadian is currently an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature Arak University, Iran. His fields of interest are Psycholinguistics and Instructed SLA, TEFL, Critical Discourse Analysis, Translation Studies, and Literature, on which he has published and presented many papers in (inter)national journals and conferences. He runs courses on translation, English Literature, and Applied Linguistics for BA and MA students and courses on Psycholinguistics, FLA, and SLA studies for PhD candidates. He has carried out a number of research projects on Translatology, Textology and Intertextuality. He has supervised a great number of MA and PhD theses relating to his fields of study.

Ghasemi, A. A., & Ahmadian, M. (2023). Research into Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Model Test. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 23(2), 75–87.

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