In 2018, ICCAGE has been declared the best Erasmus+ Project in Czech Higher Education.
The main objective is to innovate Intercultural Communication (ICC) language teaching and learning in Higher Education (HE) in the light of new technologies, new participatory cultures of learning, and global employability.
In an increasingly globalised world of intercultural dialogue and international business, HE is facing challenges such as communication barriers, cultural stereotypes, prejudice, identity conflict and language deficiency which compounds the lack of skills to interact successfully. Only through the acquisition of ICC can these problems be minimised.
Although the need for the acquisition of ICC is clearly stated in the EU language policy, this concept is wide, leading to multiple interpretations and solutions for ICC courses across European HE institutions. Sharing knowledge of the practices at other HE institutions is essential for further innovation.
Currently, courses taught in European HE institutions face multiple challenges. A significant factor is the lack of in-service support for university educators in the ICC area, which could either be approached through language courses or transversally in the curricula; and local contexts of cultural and linguistic homogenisation in European countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, that would require strategies to motivate teachers and students to go beyond their own cultural comfort zone.
Further challenges include the changing intercultural communication needs of the global job market; the need to use and integrate new ICT in HE methodologies and enhance electronic literacy; and the perception of English/Spanish as a Lingua Franca to participate in ICC.
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