The aim of the course is to enhance students’ intercultural awareness and improve their communication skills in intercultural settings. Students will explore how various cultures worldwide, including their own, are  defined through verbal and non-verbal language, symbols and meanings assigned to the symbols, cultural values and perception of those values. The importance of international understanding and intercultural communication inside as well as outside the school context is emphasized. At the end of the course, students should be able to recognize aspects of intercultural communication; improve their communication strategies used in intercultural settings; apply various dimensions of culture in intercultural conflicts. Students should also develop positive attitudes towards other cultures and improve their skills as intercultural speakers of English. 

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Janík, Zdeněk (2013) "Living The Cultural Experience of Studying Abroad". Brno: Masaryk University, available at http://ois.muni.cz/images/files/Incoming/Student/practicalities/EAP/Living_the_Cultural_Experience.pdf

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