Perceptual Power behind Non-mediated Communication in an Australian Context

Noparat Tananuraksakul

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Abstract

This paper explores the perceptual power of international students from a non-native English speaking background in their intercultural contacts. 27 students from 12 different countries in Asia, Europe, North America and South America voluntarily participated in this research via one-on-one interviews. Findings show that processes of their English language learning and the use of English from their homelands to Australia affect their views of English and the way it conveys a sense of "power". The sense of "power" is further interpreted to be "privilege, "prestige" and "pleasure". A lack of confidence and sense of belonging, as well as inferiority decrease students' perceptual power behind non-mediated communication, while feelings of confidence, pride, security and comfort increase their perceptual power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication, Creativity and Global Citizenship
Subtitle of host publicationRefereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009
EditorsTerry Flew
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherANZCA
Pages519-533
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781741072754
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventCommunication, Creativity and Global Citizenship - Brisbane
Duration: 8 Jul 200910 Jul 2009

Conference

ConferenceCommunication, Creativity and Global Citizenship
CityBrisbane
Period8/07/0910/07/09

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    Tananuraksakul, N. (2009). Perceptual Power behind Non-mediated Communication in an Australian Context. In T. Flew (Ed.), Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009 (pp. 519-533). Australia: ANZCA.