Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

Exploration & Analysis of Intercultural Communication Ability Cultivation in College English Teaching

Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

Exploration & Analysis of Intercultural Communication Ability Cultivation in College English Teaching

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Abstract

Currently English is the common language in the world. This is not only because that English is simple and easy to learn, but also because that the strong economies of UK and US has made English a worldwide language. So a person must understand the language and culture of a foreign country at the economic stage in order to avoid language conflicts, conclude agreements, and promote economic development of both parties. However, college English teaching in China gives excessive attention to grammar analysis by neglecting the improvement of students' English cultural attainments, causing most students failure in intercultural exchanges. This affects China and other countries in establishing friendly relationship, which is bad to promote the economic development of China.

Key words: College English teaching; Intercultural communications; Ability cultivation

INTRODUCTION

British and American economic promotion together with the features of English (simple and easy to learn) enabled English to be a universal language in the world. People may have exchanges and discuss economic development trends through the use of English. They should also be familiar with the languages and the cultures of the acountries involved so as to avoid cultural conflicts which may have impact on the relationship of the two parties during the process of exchanges. English teaching in some peculiar colleges in China is lacking of the practicability. The smattering English students learn in colleges cannot make them understand either the language or the culture while they are learning English. When they are engaged in intercultural exchanges, their poor knowledge will lead to the embarrassment of both parties, which is not good for smooth exchanges. In order to achieve the friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries, we need to enhance the cultivation of intercultural communication ability in college English teaching so that China may establish friendly and cooperative relationship with other countries and finally promote China's economic development and progress.

1. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION ABILITY OVERVIEW

1.1 Features & Classifications of Culture

1.1.1 Features of Culture

culture is the excellent experience accumulated by people of different nations during production and living. Represents the likes and dislikes of a nation, it brooks not di from other le. It exists in le-s mind and ° ,, makes people live in good harmony with the environment. also makes us feel its charm while protecting the nature. A culture is owned by all the members of a nation. of a nation may learn and carry it on so that his descendants can live in a superior cultural environment, and his nation is more attractive and forward-1.1.2

Classifications of Culture

Different nations have created various cultures in the process of production and living from the primitive society till now. Next the author will introduce two different classification methods of culture. The first one is to divide the culture into discipline culture and psychological behavior culture. The discipline culture mainly contains biology, geography, politics, history, and arts, etc. The psychological behavior culture may improve people's psychological diathesis and regulate people's day-to-day actions. The second method is to split the culture into information culture, behavior culture, and achievement culture. The information culture is primarily composed of history, geography, biology, politics and economics which we have contact in routine learning. The main contents of the behavior culture are to regulate people's daily deeds. The achievement culture chiefly refers to the achievement people have made in literature and arts.

1.2 Concept and Elements of Communication

The word "communication" we are using in our daily life comes from Latin, which means "co-ownership". As an activity, communication helps people to express the meaning they wish to convey to the other side. …

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