Exploring Intercultural Communication
Language in Action
By Zhu Hua
Routledge – 2014 – 280 pages
Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.
The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.
Exploring Intercultural Communication investigates the role of language in intercultural communication, paying particular attention to the interplay between cultural diversity and language practice.
This book brings together current or emerging strands and themes in the field by examining how intercultural communication permeates our everyday life, what we can do to achieve effective and appropriate intercultural communication, and why we study language, culture and identity together. The focus is on interactions between people from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and regards intercultural communication as a process of negotiating meaning, cultural identities, and – above all – differences between ourselves and others.
Including global examples from a range of genres, this book is an essential read for students taking language and intercultural communication modules within Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Education or Communication Studies courses.
‘With its multitude of captivating examples and stimulating case studies this book will thoroughly engage students interested in understanding intercultural negotiations. The focus on real world problems (in the workplace, the family, the classroom, and travel) will appeal to students, while teachers will appreciate the lucid explanations and provocative reflections designed to explicate important theoretical concepts.’
Janet Holmes, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
‘This book addresses an impressive array of topics, concepts and debates in the field of intercultural communication. Students will enjoy its clear style and discussion points based on their readings, practical tasks and personal experience. At the end of the course, they will never give a simple answer to the question ‘Where are you from?’’
Adam Jaworski, The University of Hong Kong
1. Language classrooms 2. The Workplace 3. Business 4. Family 5. Study Abroad and Tourism 6. What are Culture-Specific Ways of Communication and Why? 7. What are the Key Factors That May Cause Misunderstanding in Intercultural Communication? 8. What Contributes to Successful Communication? 9. How to Develop Intercultural Communicative Competence? 10. The Relationship Between Language, Culture and Thought: The Classic Question 11. Theories of Culture: The Fundamental Question 12. Language, Identity and Interculturality: A Paradigm-Shifting Question
Zhu Hua is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. She is editor of The Language and Intercultural Communication Reader (2011, Routledge).