Call for Papers open until 28 February 2016
Intercultural Language Education and Globalisation: Current Practice and Trends – International Specialist Seminar
16-17 June 2016, Budapest Business School
In an increasingly globalised world of intercultural dialogue and international business, Higher Education is facing challenges such as communication barriers, cultural stereotypes, prejudices, identity conflicts and language deficiency which compounds the lack of skills to interact successfully. Local contexts of cultural and linguistic homogenisation in European countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic would require strategies to motivate teachers and students to go beyond their own cultural comfort zone. Intercultural Communication Competence (ICC) is a key competence to deal with the social and political changes resulting from European globalisation; it is also a key competence for student mobility and effective integration in competitive job markets
Although the need for the acquisition of Intercultural Communication Competence is clearly stated in the EU language policy, the complexity of the concept leads to multiple interpretations and solutions across European higher education institutions. Sharing knowledge of the practices is essential for further innovation.
The ICCAGE project (Intercultural Communicative Competence – A Competitive Advantage for Global Employability) is a transnational project which aims at addressing these needs, by creating innovative ICC course activities and educational materials, including telecollaborative practices, for students of business, management and tourism, using English and Spanish as lingua franca.