‘Global Graduates’: What are the Routes to Intercultural Competence?

By Helen Spencer-Oatey, the University of Warwick

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Date(s) - 15/01/2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


There are numerous compositional models of intercultural competence (those that identify the various components of IC competence) and yet there are surprisingly few developmental models (those that unpack the process of gaining competence). This is problematic, because without understanding the developmental process, our attempts to foster such development in our students or clients has no firm foundation.

In this webinar, drawing on research findings in this area and the Global People Growth Model, I will explain and explore:

  • Key contextual factors that need to be in place;
  • How students are experiencing those factors (insights from a major research project using the Global Education Profiler)
  • Key learning processes for students & ways of fostering them;
  • Tips, tools & resources to help.

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Helen Spencer-Oatey is Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. Her background is in both psychology and linguistics and, having lived and worked abroad for many years, her primary research interests are in intercultural interaction and intercultural pragmatics. She has published extensively in these fields (e.g. Culturally Speaking, Continuum, 2000/2008; Intercultural Interaction, with Peter Franklin, Palgrave, 2009) and is currently working on a book on Intercultural Politeness (CUP, with Kádár). One of her major foci is on the internationalisation of higher education and the development of ‘global graduates’ and, in relation to this, she and Daniel Dauber have developed the Global People Growth Model and the Global Education Profiler (GE-P). The latter is a diagnostic tool for both staff and students on perceptions and experiences of internationalisation, which is now commercially available worldwide via i-graduate.With colleagues, she has also developed a range of resources and courses for developing intercultural competence, such as GlobalPeople@Work which includes modules on international teamwork and global leadership.

This webinar is free for  SIETAR Switzerland members
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