Intercultural Communication as One of the Key Issues of Second Language Acquisition in the 21st Century


Universities aim to prepare students to become global citizens that are successful members of competitive labor markets. Intercultural awareness is one of the key skills of the 21st century. Communication between cultures is a great challenge in language teaching. The culture of the target language is an inevitable part of successful foreign language competency. The present study entitled Intercultural communication as one of the key issues of second language acquisition in the 21st century aims to determine to what extent are students of higher education able to recognize means of expression in two languages from different language families. The object of the investigation was the interpretation of ten culturally loaded phrases commonly used in business meetings. The study results collected from more than three hundred participants show the inability to fully recognize the sociolinguistic aspects of the given communication extracts. The effectiveness of the communication process depends on the feedback received, by which the sender verifies the understanding and effect of his message and monitors the reaction of the receiver. The interlocutors understood the linguistic aspect of communication. On the other hand, they did not fully recognize the cultural load of the phrases. Empirical data confirm the importance of intercultural awareness. It also emphasizes the sociocultural importance of intercultural communication in the modern world.

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Katarina Smolkova, The University of Zilina, Slovakia

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Conference: ECLL2023
Stream: Culture and Language

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Smolkova K. (2023) Intercultural Communication as One of the Key Issues of Second Language Acquisition in the 21st Century ISSN: 2188-112X The European Conference on Language Learning 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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