An analysis of the Assessment Tools for College Students’ Intercultural Competence

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Based on the previous research of Byram’s , Fantini's and Deardorff’s ICC assessment model, this study attempts to have an empirical study on the intercultural competence dimensions and assessment tools. The intercultural competence dimensions investigated in this systematic and comprehensive study include awareness, attitude, knowledge, skills. By using explorative factor analysis(EFA) and certification factor analysis(CFA), this study has developed an assessment tool for measuring Chinese college students’ ICC, which has proved to have good validity and reliability. Among the six factors considered for the measurement, knowledge of others is the most decisive one, which is followed by intercultural communication skills. Knowledge of self and attitude is at the average role. Intercultural cognitive skills play a rather weak role, and intercultural awareness the weakest role.