The Chinese Intercultural Competence Scale and the External Factors of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Tzu Yiu Chen (1)
(1) Faculty of Philology and Communication, Barcelona University, Barcelona, Spain, Spain


The current study aimed to assess the intercultural competence (IC) of Chinese students of Spanish as a foreign language (SFL) using Chen's (2019) Chinese Intercultural Competence Scale (CICS), as well as to investigate which external factors influence the acquisition of IC in the field of SFL. The quantitative data from the study show that the participants' IC level was neither high nor low. Their level of IC was affected by age, study abroad experience, frequency of using Spanish, and positive intercultural experiences, but not by gender, college year, or number of foreign languages spoken. The findings have implications for intercultural educators and teachers of foreign languages.

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Tzu Yiu Chen, Faculty of Philology and Communication, Barcelona University, Barcelona, Spain

Tzu-Yiu Chen (PhD., Autonomous University of Barcelona) is Visiting Professor of Chinese at the Faculty of Philology and Communication of Barcelona University, Spain. She also works as a Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute Foundation of Barcelona.  Her research focuses on Spanish as a Foreign Language of Chinese students, especially on intercultural communication.

Chen, T. Y. (2023). The Chinese Intercultural Competence Scale and the External Factors of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 23(3), 43–55.

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