Embedded Skill: Intercultural Communication

Requirement – A student will be required to have one IC course.

Requirement Purpose

Engaged citizenship on a global level includes communicating with others across cultural and linguistic lines. Courses in this category are designed to put students in direct contact with speakers of languages other than their own. Cultural information and experiences will be shared through the medium of a nonnative language.

Intercultural Communication courses are not focused on achieving language competency, but rather on learning through experience. In these courses it is the experience of communicating with people using a nonnative language that brings expanded cultural and linguistic understanding. Since intercultural communication is a daily reality for much of the earth’s population, this requirement allows students to understand the world through the eyes and words of others. Students will analyze and reflect on the value of using multiple linguistic resources to access other cultural views. As a result, students will gain new perspectives on their own culture.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

IC CC1. provide explicit instruction and feedback on the development of communication skills in a nonnative language
IC CC2. involve direct interaction with native speakers of that language
IC CC3. use the nonnative language as a means of accessing and understanding another culture and how it relates to one’s own
IC CC4. examine the practices (e.g., patterns of social interactions), products (e.g., music, laws, books, food) and perspectives (e.g., attitudes, values, ideas) of the cultures under discussion
IC CC5. provide feedback that is designed to help students evaluate and improve intercultural communication skills


Embedded Skill Learning Objectives

Through completion of an IC course, students should be able to

IC SLO1. identify distinctive cultural practices, products and perspectives of the cultures under discussion
IC SLO2. improve their ability to communicate in a nonnative language about topics of cultural interest
IC SLO3. evaluate their ability to and the importance of being able to communicate with speakers of another language



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