Intercultural Communication Among Indonesian and Korean Students Through Voluntary Work Program in SMART Ekselensia Indonesia

Lisa Rosaline
English Teacher at SMART EI


Intercultural communication is a communication process which consists of interpersonal interaction and interpersonal communication done by some people who have different cultural background (Liliweri, 2003, p.13). Some problems which inhibit intercultural communication process are physical, cultural, perceptual, motivational, experiential, linguistic, and non verbal (Chaney& Martin,2004 p.11-12). This paper purpose is to analyze the intercultural communication among Indonesian and Korean students during voluntary work in Smart Ekselensia Indonesia.

There are 11 Korean senior high school students with 2 teachers and 1 nurse visited Indonesia from October 26th to November 2nd, 2011. The results of the study shows that 83% of Indonesian students convinced that English helps them a lot while 65% mentioned they increase their motivation to learn English. There are 57% of the students improved their speaking skill, 52% improved their listening skill and 53% improved their grammar. On the contrary, their reading and writing are not significantly improved.

There are 64% always communicate orally with the volunteer while 69% sometimes use body language. 53% Indonesian students convinced that they have misunderstood Korean students’ statement because only 68% of Indonesian students understood those Korean pronunciation.There are 37% of Indonesian students still communicate with Korean by email. Based on the interview, Indonesian students give positive opinion about this program and it should be hold once a year because they learn Korean culture indirectly through this program.

Keywords: Intercultural Communication, intercultural communication problems, intercultural communication analyze



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