Intercultural communication competence: Some perspectives of research

Guo‐Ming Chen
1990 The Howard Journal of Communications  
A discussion of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) conceptualizes ICC based on a review of the literature, details its major components and related propositions, and considers problems in and prospects for, the study of ICC. The literature of both intercultural communication and of communicative competence are examined for commonalities, themes, and conceptual problems. Research on components of ICC is seen as derived from the following perspectives: personality strength; comunication
more » ... skills; psychological adaptation; and cultural awareness. Eleven propositions and related theorems concerning ICC are outlined. Three challenges presented in the study of ICC are noted. Tne first of these is the increasing sophistication of its conceptualization and its confusions with the definitim. of "competence." The second challenge is the operationalization of ICC (what and how to measure). The last challenge concerns how many elements individuals must possess in order to be considered "competent": scholars need to investigate whether the degree of ICC is affected by the number of competent elements or by some other measure. It is concluded that while still very new, the study of ICC is critical to the modern world. (MSE)
doi:10.1080/10646179009359718 fatcat:yzqde64fwjf2xg4s5wu6gt7you