The Components Of Intercultural Communication

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being adequately knowledgeable of cultural expectations; motivations and actions. In addition to this also is the knowledge of one’s own cultural systems (Lustig, 2010).
They designed a model for intercultural communication competence originally for young employees, that notwithstanding, a lot can be drawn from their assessment process and adapted to the networking and socialization relationships amongst students of varying cultural influences.
Based on their analysis intercultural communication components can be simplified into three basic components which include: Openness, Adaptability and Knowledge.

Figure 1: The INCA model of Intercultural Communication Competence Framework
Openness refers to being open minded enough to show respect for otherness and display tolerance for ambiguity. Respect of Otherness: This is demonstrated by showing a readiness to regard the values, customs and practices of others. Although one may not share or agree with them the people are still to be shown respect—for diversity. People should also be treated equally despite differences ergo it means that within an internationalized higher institution, student to student contact irrespective of cultural affiliation can be fostered when regard for other cultures is displayed. Tolerance for Ambiguity: this means actors within the cross cultural context are willing to accept the ambiguities and are able to willingly resolve whatever problems that may possibly arise while interacting. Implying
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