Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 1. March 2018                                   Pp. 419-432
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.29

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A Study on the Relationship between English Language Proficiency and Intercultural
Communication Competence among Arab Students in Malaysia
 

Abdul Qahar Sarwari
Center for Modern Languages and Human Sciences (CMLHS)
University Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

 Mohammad Nubli Abdul Wahad
Center for Modern Languages and Human Sciences (CMLHS)
University Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

 

 

Abstract:
This study was carried out to evaluate the relationship between English language proficiency (ELP) and intercultural communication competence (ICCC) of Arab students in Malaysia. This study included both of the quantitative and the qualitative data sets to further the information. The participants of this study were 108 Arab students from nine different Asian and African nationalities. Based on the results of this study, English language was the main means of education for the participants, and the main means of their communication with students from other cultures. The results from this study found some significant correlations between the attributes of ELP and ICCC. The good levels of ELP encouraged and enabled individuals to be involved in daily interactions with their peers from different countries who speak different languages, and their interactions helped them to improve the levels of their ELP. Moreover, the participants who obtained higher scores in English language proficiency test got higher mean scores in ICCC as well. Based on the results, in some cases, their personal characteristics and the low levels of their ELP had negative effects on the process of interactions among Arab and other students. The results of this study may add some interesting information in the literature regarding the relationships between ELP and ICCC of Arab students in an Asian multicultural collegiate environment.
Keywords: Arab students, English language proficiency, intercultural communication competence, interpersonal communication competence.

Cite as: Sarwari, A. Q., & Abdul Wahad, M. N. (2018). A Study on the Relationship between English Language Proficiency and Intercultural Communication Competence among Arab Students in Malaysia. Arab World English Journal, 9 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.29

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Dr. Abdul Qahar Sarwari is senior lecturer at Alberuni University of Afghanistan; he has his
Bachelor degree in Journalism from Kabul University of Afghanistan, his MA degree in English
Language and Professional Communication from University Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and his
PhD in Humanities Technology from UMP, and he has 12 publications in different international
journals.