Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 1 March 2023                                             Pp. 449-457

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Factors Influencing Interpersonal Interactions among Students from Different
Nationalities Using English Language as the Primary Means of Their Daily

 Abdul Qahar Sarwaria*, Mohammad Nubli Abdul Wahaba, Mohamad Hilmi Mat Saida
aCenter for Human Sciences (CHS)
University Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Lebuhraya Tun Razak, 26300 Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.
 *Corresponding Author:


Received:08/03/2022         Accepted:03/17/2023                 Published: 03/24/2023


This study evaluated factors influencing interpersonal communication among local and international students of a Malaysian public university. The embedded design of mixed methods was applied to conduct this study. This study had 220 participants from both local and international students of the mentioned university. Based on their agreements, 12 participants were interviewed to strengthen the survey data. Based on the results, the participants were using the English langue as the primary means of their daily interactions with their peers from different nationalities, and the levels of their English language proficiency and their daily interpersonal communication had mutual effects on each other. According to the results, around 80% of the participants had experienced some interactions with students from other nationalities at the university campus. Based on the results, their daily interactions helped the participants to improve their English language proficiency and to gain some new social and cultural information about different people.
Keywords: collaborative learning, English language, English language proficiency, interpersonal communication. 

Cite as: Sarwari, A.Q., Abdul Wahab,M. N., & Said, M. H. (2023). Factors Influencing Interpersonal Interactions among Students from Different Nationalities Using English Language as the Primary Means of their Daily Communication.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (1) 449-457. DOI:


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Received: 08/03/2022
Accepted: 03/17/2023 
Published: 03/24/2023  

Dr. Abdul Qahar Sarwari, former Chancellor of Al-Beroni University, Afghanistan, has his Ph.D. in Humanities Technology (Human Communication Competence, Heart Rate Variability and Self-Regulation) from University Malaysia Pahang (UMP), his Master’s degree in English Language and Professional Communication from the mentioned Malaysian university, and his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kabul University, Afghanistan. Orcid ID of Dr. Abdul Qahar Sarwari:

Dr.  Mohammad Nubli Bin Abdul Wahab is Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sciences, UMP, and former Dean for Center for Modern Language and Human Sciences at University Malaysia Pahang (UMP). He has his Master’s degree in Extension Education and his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from University Putra Malaysia (UPM).
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 Dr. Mohamad Hilmi Bin Mat Said, Dean of  Center for Human Sciences (CHS), University Malaysia Pahang, has his Ph.D. in Islamic studies from USM, Malaysia, his Master’s degree in Islamic studies from UKM, Malaysia, and his Bachelor’s degree in Sharia from Al-Azhar University of Egypt.