Intercultural Competence: Examples of Internationalizing the Curriculum through Students’ Interactions

  • Susana Eisenchlas
  • Susan Trevaskes


In our increasingly globalized societies, there is a growing need for us, as educators, to perceive ourselves as ‘citizens of the world who are comfortable with diverse peoples’ (Harrigan & Vicenti, 2004, p. 119). Thus the development of intercultural communication is recognized as one of the key competences required of future graduates, and has become enshrined in all Australian Universities’ Mission Statements. Despite this recognition, there has been no comprehensive blueprint to explain how this imperative translates into the classroom situation. If universities are to prepare graduates that can communicate appropriately in a number of contexts and settings, then it may be more efficient to create situations where students can develop this competence through meaningful interactions. This chapter discusses three such approaches that use the international student population and the local migrant community to introduce, practice and negotiate cultural understandings in the target language.


International Student Chinese Student Intergroup Contact Intercultural Communication Local Student 
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  • Susana Eisenchlas
  • Susan Trevaskes

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