Intercultural competence spans all countries and cultures and we invite you to reflect on this quotation from Octavio Paz, Mexican Poet, Writer and Diplomat and share intercultural competence quotes from your language and culture (both English and non-English speaking cultures). What leaders in cultural competency do you admire? What quotations inspire you?
by Maria Koutiva Abstract English competence is a prerequisite for working at sea and, as such, language requirements for seafarers are rather evident (Sampson & Zhao, 2003; IMO SMCP, 2001). However, it appears that to date there has not been an official intercultural communication competence (ICC) study program addressing the Hellenic MET students’ needs to work and live among multinational vessel crews. This article, part of ongoing, longitudinal research commenced in autumn 2019, presents our research on designing and piloting a Maritime sector specific ICC measurement tool. ICC is defined as the capacity to bridge cultures effectively (Arasaratnam, 2016), and […]
by Hiba B. Ibrahim “When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; for his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered. When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more”. – The Prophet, Gibran Kahlil Gibran As education practitioners, there are always critical moments in our profession that make us reflect on our work impact and why we do […]
by Helena Pradilla As a student in Carolyn Finck’s project-based course on intercultural competencies, I was interested in how it would sensitize me and direct my empathy towards social groups that constantly find themselves in unequal environments. This was not the only objective this course accomplished; it also gave me tools to use that empathy to act in benefit of those groups (of course not in an immediate way) at least making them aware of how they could improve their situation in relation to their particular reality, context and dispositions. The last objective was possible due to the amount of […]
What first drew you to intercultural communication and cross-cultural work? Like many people of a certain age, it was my time in the Peace Corps. I did not join the PC for an intercultural experience—I joined to escape going to Vietnam—but having had one, I was eventually able to use that experience to start a consulting/training business, helped immensely by the cachet that publishing my first couple of books bought me. What has surprised you most in all your years of training and engaging in intercultural communication work? I don’t know if it’s what surprised me, but what I have […]
by Dr. Netta Avineri, Dr. Gabriel Guillén, and Dr. Thor Sawin How can students respectfully engage with other cultures when they are learning from home? This article focuses on three ICC courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) that entailed travel and working with global and local partners, and were redesigned due to COVID19. We explore how faculty, students, and other stakeholders navigated global and local realities by cultivating mobile mindsets while sheltering in place. The sudden (im)mobility of learners and the design of technological platforms afforded new conversations about power and privilege, using ICC lenses. The breakdown […]