Technological innovations in communication, transportation and various information tools have helped to create the greatest mixing of cultures that the world has ever seen. In order for you to function well in your private and public lives today, you will need to be competent in intercultural communication. Our goal in this book is to give you the knowledge, motivation, and skills to accomplish that objective. Considerable progress has been made by scholars and practitioners of intercultural communication over the past several years, and this edition accurately reflects their progress. Updates throughout the book provide you with the most contemporary scholarship and applications available to help prepare you to be a successful intercultural communicator in a variety of contexts.
Foreign and second language teaching should prepare learners to use a language with fluency and accuracy, and also to speak with people who have different cultural identities, social values and behaviours. This text aims to define precisely what competencies are required, how these can be included in teachers' objectives and methods, and how the ability to communicate across cultural differences can be assessed.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-300) and index.
From high-level business negotiations to casual conversations among friends, every interpersonal interaction is shaped by cultural norms and expectations. Seldom is this more clearly brought to light than in encounters between people from different cultural backgrounds, when dissimilar communication practices may lead to frustration and misunderstanding. This thought-provoking text presents a new framework for understanding the impact of culture on communication and for helping students build intercultural communication competence. With illustrative examples from around the globe, the book shows that verbal and nonverbal communication involves much more than transmitting a particular message—it also reflects each participant's self-image, group identifications and values, and privacy and relational needs. Readers learn to move effectively and appropriately through a wide range of transcultural situations by combining culture-specific knowledge with mindful listening and communication skills. Throughout, helpful tables and charts and easy-to-follow guidelines for putting concepts into practice enhance the book's utility for students.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-224) and index.
Intercultural language education has redefined the modern languages agenda in Europe and North America. Now intercultural learning is also beginning to impact on English Language Teaching. This accessible book introduces teachers of EFL to intercultural language education by describing its history and theoretical principles, and by giving examples of classroom tasks.