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Volume 125, 2021III International Scientific and Practical Conference “Transformation of the Labor Market: Risks, Trust, Prospects of International Communications” 2021
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||“The Economy of Trust” - A Reality or an Oxymoron|
|Published online||23 November 2021|
Intercultural communication: English dominance
1 Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Department of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication, Moscow, Russia
2 Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Department of Slavic Studies, Batumi, Georgia
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The importance of intercultural communication in today’s globalised world is undeniable. Scholars from different countries have contributed to the development of this field and created educational materials – textbooks on intercultural communication devoted to classifications and features of different cultures – and textbooks on foreign languages that include exercises devoted to developing intercultural skills in everyday and professional contexts. Teachers of foreign languages are making an effort to use the available materials that provide a wide outlook on various cultures and help students prepare for being a part of intercultural community. However, there is an evident shortage of such materials in languages other than English. The article provides the results of the analysis of online sources that demonstrates that the majority of available resources that are in any way connected with intercultural communication are in English. The article dwells on the reasons for English dominance in intercultural communication study and suggests a global effort as a solution. Whether we are looking at textbooks purely on intercultural communication or foreign language learning resources, it is important to understand that the English language cannot be the only medium of intercultural competence formation – other languages can and should be a prism through which intercultural communication is studied.
Key words: intercultural communication / intercultural competence / textbooks / educational materials / skills / foreign language learning
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