- The importance of communication
- What is your main communication style?
- Intercultural communication
- Theories related to intercultural communication
- What does INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCES mean?
- How to develop intercultural competences?
- Cultural adaptation phases
- Time to learn some important phrases!
- External resources
Theories related to intercultural communication
Intercultural communication is any interaction between different cultures in order to establish contacts between them.
In the present reality, contacts with representatives of different cultures have become an everyday life. Globalisation, European integration, migration and increasing mobility of people, increasing opportunities to move and communicate in cyberspace have made the world ‘shrink’. This is why intercultural competences, i.e. those that enable us to function smoothly and without conflicts in a multicultural world, play an increasingly important role. Intercultural competences are increasingly appreciated both by employers and at school.
The migration for work and education, tourism or exile that is common in the 21st century makes our environment multicultural. That is why the improvement of intercultural skills seems so important nowadays. They contribute to greater: awareness of one’s own cultural conditions and their impact on relationships at school or at work; awareness of stereotypes; avoidance of prejudices and effective resolution of cultural misunderstandings. They increase knowledge about the environment that contains cultural diversity.