First Advisor

Kimberley A. Brown

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Applied Linguistics




Walla Walla College, Cross-cultural orientation, Intercultural communication, Language and culture



Physical Description

1 online resource (191 p.)


Self-reported behaviorally-based intercultural communication competence inventories are one way to understand the relationship between a pre-departure training program and its participants' intercultural communication competence (ICC). One such inventory, called the Cross- Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI), was chosen to explore this relationship.

This research sought to confirm or reject the following three hypotheses: 1) experimental subjects will demonstrate higher levels of ICC than control subjects, 2) experimental subjects will demonstrate higher levels of ICC after they take the pre-departure class at Walla Walla College, and 3) there will be relationships among all subjects' ICC and the demographic variables involved in this research. Fifty seven subjects from Walla Walla College participated in the research, 23 as experimental subjects, and 34 as control subjects. Experimental subjects took the cross-cultural ministry class at Walla Walla College and were given the inventory twice, once before and once after the course. Control subjects had never been SMs, had not taken any previous pre-departure training, and were administered the inventory once.


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