A Call for Blog Submissions – ICC Food Memories

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Hello, and welcome to our intercultural and global world food blog! This column of the ‘Intercultural Communicator’ aims to offer insights from contributors of different backgrounds around the world and across the disciplines into how food can play a role in fostering intercultural competence through the sharing of ‘food stories.’ It has been an interesting year for us all and we have all had to deal with changes in many aspects of our lives. Whilst we may not have been or will not be able to celebrate important holidays with our families and wider communities as much as we usually […]

Have We Done Something Wrong?

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It occurred to me recently that an occupational hazard in our field, a hazard for trainers and lecturers, especially, is that without meaning to—and certainly without wanting to—we put people on the defensive. And needless to say, people who are on the defensive don’t appreciate being there and are not very likely to thank you for upsetting them. Let me explain. Very often in our field, we are trying to expose people to worldviews, values, norms, et cetera that are different from their own, sometimes very different. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and if that’s all we were doing, […]

Intercultural Interactions for Heath Professionals

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In health care few books exist that include intercultural theory and apply this to the health care setting. We have just published a book that meets this need. The book “Intercultural Interactions for Health Professions / Interkulturelle Begegnungen in Gesundheitsberufen” was released in March 2020. What makes this book unique? It is: Based on practical experience from health care professionals Supported by applying intercultural theory to health care settings Supervised by experts in the intercultural field and in interactive training Applicable for self-study and training purposes Usable in an international context due to dual language: written in both English (in front) and German (back) […]

Preliminary Evidence in Favor of Raising ICC at Hellenic MET Institutes

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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 upon indisputable research […]

Making a Difference Through Intercultural Dialogue

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“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 what we do in […]