Cross-Cultural Communication in the Teaching Process at SDN 18 Parhorasan in Samosir


This research examines cross-cultural communication between teachers and students who could not speak English well at SDN 18 Parhorasan in Samosir. There were 17 participants, who were grade five students in elementary school. The students had different social backgrounds and so found speaking English difficult. They were used to using their Batak dialect when they tried to speak English. The pronunciation seemed to be a joke for them. The researchers investigated the cultural and language barriers in communication among the teachers and students when they learn English in the class. This research was conducted using a descriptive qualitative method. The findings highlighted the barriers in expression, intonations and sentences. 50% of the barriers were cultural and 50% were language.

Keywords: cross-culture, communication barrier, language barrier

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