As the world grows more and more together intercultural skills and development measures should be included in university education. Considering the fact that only few universities do already offer intercultural training, the impact of teaching the language and culture of specific regions on intercultural competence has been examined. The influence of relevant co-variables has also been analyzed. The sample consisted of students who before the survey had participated in an additional education program about East Asia or had been receiving language and regional courses about a particular culture and a control group. The data indicated that language and regional courses as well as intercultural contact and experiences abroad do foster intercultural competencies. The study showed further how cognitive, affective or conative competence as sub domains of intercultural competence are affected by having language and culture courses or by the co-variables. Based on the results, suggestions are given for taking intercultural competence fostering measures at university. A discussion about the necessity of including didactic or experiential intercultural training in the schedule completes the representation.
|Keywords:||Intercultural Competence, Intercultural Education, Intercultural Training|
Doctoral Student, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
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