Communication and identity management in a globally-connected classroom: An online international and intercultural learning experience

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Though global classrooms are designed to expose students to varied cultural knowledges and experiences, how students consider and display their own identities in cross-cultural exchange has yet to be fully interrogated. This study focuses on U.S. college students who participated in a series of online conversations with learners in Singapore. Grounded in Goffman's sociological work and based on Hecht's communication theory of identity, this article focuses on students’ conceptions of themselves relative to others, and perceptions of identity work in cross-cultural conversations. Limitations tied to this project and avenues for future research on intercultural communication classroom practice are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-68
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2016



  • cultural tensions
  • global classroom
  • identity gap
  • identity work
  • Internationalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies

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