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Cultivating Intercultural Communication Competence in Spoken English Teaching

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DOI: 10.23977/etmhs.2017.1011


Qiong Sun

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Qiong Sun


The increasingly frequent intercultural encounters highlight the significance of intercultural communication competence to successful and smooth communication. Intercultural communication competence is composed of the four parts of verbal communication competence, nonverbal communication competence, competence of cultural adaptation/ adjustment, and competence of transformation of linguistic and communication rules. Based on an analysis of the deficiencies of students’ intercultural communication competence from the four aspects of linguistic deficiency, pragmatic deficiency, non-linguistic deficiency and cultural differences deficiency, strategies to cultivate intercultural communication competence are proposed, including consolidating students’ spoken English foundation, enhancing teachers’ intercultural communication competence, cultivating intercultural awareness, strengthening self-knowledge, and improving students’ ability to cope with conflicts.


Intercultural communication competence (ICC), Components, Deficiencies; Strategies

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