Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsJust now, Ruobing and Steve have illustrated the nature of intercultural communication with two metaphors, fish out of water, cultural baggage. Now, I would like to summarise the goals of intercultural learning, as follows-- The primary task of intercultural learning is to develop intercultural sensitivity and awareness. That is to say, learn to look at, analyse, and resolve a problem from the perspective of cultural differences. The second goal of intercultural learning is to cultivate intercultural attitudes, which include being tolerant, respectful, curious, and empathetic towards other cultures. Acquiring cultural knowledge, both culture general and culture specific, is another goal of intercultural learning. We should pay special attention to the invisible cultural elements, which are like the hidden part of an iceberg.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsThe ultimate goal is to transform the awareness, attitude, and knowledge into competence and to develop flexibility and adaptability in intercultural communication.

Highlights of intercultural learning

As a review of the content and process you’ve gone through this week, Prof. Zhang provides a summary of benefits you can gain from an intercultural learning process like this. Keep these points in mind as we continue the course.

You have likely noticed that we emphasize intercultural education and learning as a process. By engaging in interaction and reflection, the following learning objectives can be realized:

  1. To develop intercultural sensitivity, and awareness. Learn to look at, analyse, and resolve a problem from the perspective of cultural differences.

  2. To cultivate intercultural attitudes, which include being tolerant, respectful, curious, and empathetic towards other cultures.

  3. To acquire cultural knowledge, both culture general and culture specific. Pay special attention to the invisible cultural elements, which are like the hidden part of an iceberg.

  • The ultimate goal of intercultural learning is to transform the awareness, attitude, and knowledge into competence, and to develop flexibility and adaptability in intercultural communication.

We hope that these goals motivate you as you learn and interact with us in this course, so please let us know if you are seeing any of these things happen, or if you are experiencing any difficulties in the process.

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Intercultural Communication

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)