What is intercultural competence?
Intercultural competence is a key working life skill in our highly networked world. Coaches, trainers, teachers and other instructors have daily encounters with diverse groups: young people from all around the world and varying socio-economic backgrounds. To ensure a culturally sensitive approach and inclusive groups, instructors need training and practice in intercultural competence.
In ICY, intercultural competence is defined through Deardorff’s studies (2006) in interculturality.
The competence can be divided into three categories:
- Knowledge: self-awareness, knowledge of other cultures and current global issues, and socio-linguistic awareness
- Skills: listening, observing, evaluating, empathy
- Attitudes: respect, openness and discovery, curiosity
Throughout the project, we will keep these elements in mind aiming to develop all aspects of Intercultural Competence.