Exploring the Barriers to Intercultural Communication among the Students at the University of Lahore

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https://doi.org/10.55737/qjssh.513497366

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Barriers to Intercultural Communications, Anxiety, Ethnocentrism, Stereotypes and Prejudices, Cultural Backgrounds

Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore the barriers to intercultural communication among the students of The University of Lahore in Pakistan. The study was based on qualitative and quantitative research. The data was collected by conducting interviews, and questionnaires were circulated among the students of The University of Lahore. The research revealed that the students at The University of Lahore faced barriers in their intercultural encounters. The barriers mostly faced by the students were anxiety, assuming similarities instead of differences, language problems, stereotypes and prejudice, and misinterpretation of non-verbal communication. Ethnocentrism, one of the major barriers, was not faced by any student of the university. These problems in intercultural communication at the university occurred due to the different cultural, political, and historical backgrounds of the students. The strategies that help in making intercultural communication are acknowledging the differences, focusing on behavior, promotion of tolerance, and development of intercultural sensitivity.

Author Biography

  • Nadia Abdul Ghani, PhD Scholar, Department of English, Government College Women University, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.

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2024-04-19

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Rehman, R., & Ghani, N. A. (2024). Exploring the Barriers to Intercultural Communication among the Students at the University of Lahore. Qlantic Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 5(2), 28-38. https://doi.org/10.55737/qjssh.513497366

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