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Intercultural Competence in Intercultural Business Communication  [PDF]
Min Zheng
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2015.33029
Abstract: With the development of the integration of the world and the language and culture, the cultivation of intercultural communicative competence has become the ultimate goal of the foreign language teaching. This paper begins by analyzing personal understandings of successful Intercultural Business Communication skills and importance of learning Intercultural Business Communication skills, followed by four stages in experiencing a new culture skills, and at last it brings forward four action plans to improve the skills.
Research on Fostering Intercultural Communication Competence of Foreign Language Learners  [cached]
Yueqin HAN
Cross-Cultural Communication , 2013, DOI: 10.3968/3272
Abstract: Globalization has made cross-cultural communication a necessity. The mobility of people and the contact between countries have greatly increased cross-cultural communication. Intercultural awareness has become a prerequisite for successful cross-cultural communication. Intercultural awareness is required if a foreign language learner is to achieve the intercultural communication competence, which is now considered to be the major goal of foreign language learning. Intercultural communication competence is multi-dimensional in nature, implicating not only the linguistic competence, but also the power of perceiving and interpreting socio-cultural events, and the behavioral ability of coping independently with cross-cultural encounters. The objective of this paper is to present an overview of how language and culture are dealt with from a cross-cultural perspective, to discuss concerns with defining norms and standards for foreign language learning raised by this perspective, and to consider how to foster the intercultural communication competence by pedagogical approaches that integrate current understandings and researches of language, culture and learning into their curricular and instructional designs. Key words: Intercultural awareness; Intercultural communication competence; Language and culture; Socio-cultural perspective; Curriculum design
A Study of How to Develop Students’Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) in Business English Teaching (BET)  [cached]
Zhiyi Fu
Asian Social Science , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v4n2p84
Abstract: Under the economic globalization today, the ultimate goal of business English teaching is to develop students’ language transfer competence in the intercultural communication environment and improve the strategies of the Business English Major students in dealing with the international business affairs. After presenting the intercultural issues in current China’s Business English teaching, the study focuses on five constructive suggestions of the workable strategies of how to develop students’ intercultural communication competence (ICC) in the Business English teaching (BET).
College English Teaching Viewed from the Perspective of Intercultural Communication  [cached]
Honglin Zhu
English Language Teaching , 2010, DOI: 10.5539/elt.v3n3p107
Abstract: Foreign language teaching and learning is unlikely to be performed effectively without an appropriate understanding of its specific culture and the loss of intercultural awareness will lead to a negative influence on FLT. This article proposes the importance of cultural input in FLT, analyzes the factors of failure in cultivation of students’ capacity of intercultural communication and finally puts forward some methods and strategies to resolve these issues.
Intercultural Communicative Competence  [cached]
Zhou Chunhong,Carol Griffiths
English Language and Literature Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.5539/ells.v1n2p113
Abstract: This paper reports on a survey conducted at a university in Beijing, China into students’ intercultural knowledge. Surveys with both close-ended and open-ended questions were distributed to the students and questionnaires with open-ended questions were also sent to the international teachers. By means of quantitative and qualitative research methods, this paper (a) analyzes the problems the surveyed students have with their intercultural communicative competence (b) examines the reasons for the students’ failures in intercultural communication and (c) explores what intercultural knowledge should be taught in class.
Intercultural Competence of Tatarstan Central-Asian Diasporas  [PDF]
Nargiza I. Omorova
European Researcher , 2012,
Abstract: This article examines intercultural competence of Tatarstan Central- Asian diasporas as an important communicative quality, concludes that the high level of intercultural competence of these diasporas contributes to their socio-cultural adaptation and intercultural communication in the country
Influence of Nationality and Profession on Intercultural Sensitivity
国籍与职业对跨文化敏感度的影响

PENG Shi-yong,
彭世勇

浙江大学学报(人文社会科学版) , 2006,
Abstract: A survey of 833 college English major and non-English major students as well as multinational employees from China's Mainland and Thailand was conducted.In this study,independent variables include nationality and profession;dependent variable is intercultural sensitivity,which is conceptualized as consisting of five dimensions,namely,interaction engagement,respect for cultural differences,interaction confidence,interaction enjoyment,and interaction attentiveness.Scale examples of each dimension are as follows: Interaction engagement: I enjoy interacting with people from different cultures;Respect for cultural differences: I think people from other cultures are narrow-minded;Interaction confidence: I am pretty sure of myself in interacting with people from different cultures;Interaction enjoyment: I get upset easily when interacting with people from different cultures;Interaction attentiveness: I am very observant when interacting with people from different cultures.Major results of multivariate analysis of variance indicate that Chinese subjects had a significantly higher level of intercultural sensitivity than Thai subjects.The between-subjects differences show that English major students and multinational employees had a significantly higher level of intercultural sensitivity than non-English major students.The results of this study imply that foreign language learning experience is equally important to the building of intercultural sensitivity as is intercultural communication experience.The interaction effect of nationality and profession was not discovered from data analysis.Although data analysis did not generate an ideal model(R~2=0.098),from the various levels of intercultural sensitivity of the subjects,we can clearly see the possible impact of foreign language competence on intercultural sensitivity.Both the English major students of China and Thailand have higher levels of intercultural sensitivity.This fact suggests that language learning,especially foreign language learning is positively related with intercultural sensitivity.This study also discovered that intercultural communication practice is related with intercultural sensitivity.In fact,the intercultural sensitivity of multinational employees mainly comes from their intercultural communication practice;whereas the intercultural sensitivity of English major students mainly comes from their foreign language learning.Both China and Thailand are collectivistic countries with a lot of cultural and traditional similarities.However,the overall results of this study confirm that cultural groups with the same or similar value orientation may differ significantly from each other in cultural and communication behavior in one way or another,a fact that classic cultural theories do not attempt to explain.It is the limit of this study that English proficiency was not conceptualized and operationalized for a comparison across subjects.
An Empirical Study of Chinese Learners’ Intercultural Sensitivity  [cached]
Xinmin Hou
Journal of Language Teaching and Research , 2010, DOI: 10.4304/jltr.1.3.327-331
Abstract: This paper is a pilot study which endeavors to evaluate the status quo of the Chinese learners intercultural sensitivity. The study provides first-hand information for intercultural education in China.
Intercultural Competence: Another Challenge  [cached]
Barletta Manjarrés Norma
Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development , 2009,
Abstract: This paper intends to draw the attention of language teachers and educational authorities to the area of culture teaching in foreign language education at a time when the recently issued Basic Standards of Competencies in Foreign Language have conferred modest attention to this aspect of language education. The paper first describes the notion of Intercultural communicative competence. It then discusses the tensions between this new understanding of the teaching of culture and the prevailing teaching practices, approaches, beliefs and discourses associated with the learning and teaching of culture. Third, it reports on the results of a study which critically analyzed the academic discourses of in-service teachers in Colombia regarding the cultural component of foreign language programs; finally, it proposes ways to start taking new directions. Key words: Intercultural competence, standards, culture, culture teaching, ideologies, discourses El presente artículo intenta llamar la atención de maestros y autoridades educativas sobre el área de la ense anza de la cultura en lenguas extranjeras en un momento en el que los recientemente publicados Estándares Básicos de Competencias en Lenguas Extranjeras - Inglés prestan modesta atención a este aspecto. Primero se describe la noción de competencia comunicativa intercultural. Luego se discuten las tensiones entre este nuevo concepto de la ense anza de la cultura y las prácticas de ense anza, los enfoques, creencias y discursos asociados con el aprendizaje y la ense anza de la cultura. Se reportan también los resultados de un estudio que analiza críticamente los discursos académicos de profesores colombianos acerca del componente cultural en la ense anza de lenguas extranjeras. Finalmente, se proponen formas de iniciar nuevos rumbos. Palabras clave: Competencia intercultural, estándares, cultura, ense anza de la cultura, ideologías, discursos
Intercultural Competence: Another Challenge
Barletta Manjarrés,Norma;
Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development , 2009,
Abstract: this paper intends to draw the attention of language teachers and educational authorities to the area of culture teaching in foreign language education at a time when the recently issued basic standards of competencies in foreign language have conferred modest attention to this aspect of language education. the paper first describes the notion of intercultural communicative competence. it then discusses the tensions between this new understanding of the teaching of culture and the prevailing teaching practices, approaches, beliefs and discourses associated with the learning and teaching of culture. third, it reports on the results of a study which critically analyzed the academic discourses of in-service teachers in colombia regarding the cultural component of foreign language programs; finally, it proposes ways to start taking new directions.
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