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Socio-Cultural Values in the Development of Intercultural Communication Competence

Brighton, Christopher

Socio-Cultural Values in the Development of Intercultural Communication Competence

Series: Interfaces - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2013

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 217 pp., 1 b/w fig., 24 tables, 24 graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-62960-4 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.400 kg, 0.882 lbs

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Book synopsis

How socio-cultural factors influence the development of Intercultural Communication Competence is an essential part of developing the skills to work and interact with a rapidly globalizing world. Building upon the work of Edward Hall, Geert Hofstede and Stella Ting-Toomey, this book explores the role in which experience, family and other social aspects play in creating an individual’s ICC skills. In this work, a model of six ICC skills allows for the examination of the impact of Polish national culture on socio-cultural values of Polish students in the three mutually dependent dimensions of politics, education and family. The empirical data present clear conclusions and indications of how specific factors are relevant or irrelevant in helping to construct ICC. These findings bear implications for trainers and researchers in approaching the issue of developing intercultural competences.


Contents: Intercultural Communication Competence – Evaluating ICC – Experience and Family Role in ICC Development – Study Abroad and Foreign Work Experience – Polish Learners of English.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Christopher Brighton holds a doctorate of Sociology, specializing in socio-cultural aspects of Intercultural Communication. He has been lecturer of English Philology and Culture in various academic institutions in southern Poland since 1998.


Interfaces. Bydgoszcz Studies in Language, Mind and Translation. Vol. 4
Edited by Anna Baczkowska