Integrating Cross Cultural Communication in English Language Teaching

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2018 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 4
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Dr.Madanu Shantha and Mr.Alemu Merga
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Dr.Madanu Shantha and Mr.Alemu Merga, "Integrating Cross Cultural Communication in English Language Teaching," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 5,  no. 4, pp. 18-21, 2018. Crossref,


Language is a part of culture and culture is a part of language. To understand a language it is not enough to have knowledge of grammar, phonology and lexis but certain features and characteristics of culture are also essential. Due to lack of cross-cultural awareness, miscommunication occurs. Signals, postures and other ways of behavior also can cause miscommunication. So, cross-cultural communication is the ability to successfully form and improve relationship with members of a culture different from one’s own culture. Even for native speakers of English cross-cultural communication can be an issue from different English speaking countries. The language may be the same but customs, beliefs and faiths differ from one country to the other. Hence cultural changes occur. Their backgrounds may be diverse and their thoughts and actions may differ. While dealing with people of a different culture it is important to bear in mind that courtesy and goodwill ensures successful communication. One must try to understand the local accents, pronunciation and also the body language. In an ELT classroom the learners automatically learn the culture while they are learning the language. When teaching the culture, cross-cultural communication develops. Any language acquires value and meaning when it is integrated with cultural elements. Therefore it is necessary for the ELT learners to be conscious about the cultural norms and beliefs of other cultures.


Language, Culture, Cross-cultural communication, ELT learners, Human behavior..


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