IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(3): 136-140 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.3.83

The Influence of Sense of Boundary on Behavioral Competence in Intercultural Communicative Context — A Pilot Study on Overseas Students

Lihong Chen
Abstract—It is said that, by comparing with western people, most Chinese people lack sense of boundary (SoB), which significantly affects their communication and relationship with others. Similarly, SoB will influence people’s intercultural communication. Therefore, the study is designed to investigate whether Chinese overseas students have weak SoB, and how SoB impacts on their behavioral competence in intercultural communicative context. A survey was constructed among Chinese overseas students in western countries and western overseas students in China. Findings reveal that the former’s SoB is relatively weaker than the latter’s. The results also indicate that SoB influences Chinese overseas students’ competence of handling relationships, working in other cultures, and other factors of behavioral competence.

Index Terms—Behavioral competence, competence of handling relationships, intercultural communicative competence, sense of boundary.

L. H. Chen is with School of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 510006 (e-mail: chenlhgz@163.com).

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Cite:Lihong Chen, "The Influence of Sense of Boundary on Behavioral Competence in Intercultural Communicative Context — A Pilot Study on Overseas Students," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 136-140, 2016.

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