AARON SPONSELLER (OSAKA JOGAKUIN COLLEGE)

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN INTERCULTURAL EFFECTIVENESS, SECOND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY, AND PERCEIVED SECOND LANGUAGE SELF-EFFICACY : INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This presentation shares the results of a study of Japanese undergraduates (N = 83) who were outbound for a short-term study abroad program. Participants completed the multidimensional Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES). They also completed the Sojourner Self-Efficacy in Communication Scale (SSEC) and two additional self-efficacy scales focused on listening and speaking, respectively. Additionally, linguistic proficiency was measured with the New Vocabulary Levels Test and TOEIC. This study will focus firstly on the degree of correlation between linguistic proficiency measures and the various self-efficacy measures in order to explore how accurate or inaccurate participants' self-efficacy measures are in relation to these standard language proficiency measures. Secondly, the degree to which proficiency and self-efficacy correlate with dimensions of the IES will be explored to examine how such proficiency and psychometric measures may inform participants' readiness for engaging in short-term study abroad programs.

Aaron C. Sponseller holds an MA TESOL from San Francisco State University and is a PhD candidate at Temple University. His research interests include study abroad and novel approaches to early childhood L2 literacy development.