Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 11 : 2 February 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
         Sam Mohanlal, Ph.D.
         B. A. Sharada, Ph.D.
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         Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.
         S. M. Ravichandran, Ph.D.
         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.
         L. Ramamoorthy, Ph.D.



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A Multidimensional Approach to Cross-Cultural Communication

Jaspreet Kaur, M. Phil., Ph.D. Candidate


The study of languages other than one's own can not only serve to help us comprehend what we as human beings have in common but also assist us in understanding the multiplicity which underlines not only our language but also our ways of constructing and organizing knowledge and the many different realities in which we all live and react.

This paper on Cross-Cultural Communication, also referred as Intercultural Communication, will focus on how people from differing cultural backgrounds communicate in similar and different ways among themselves and how they endeavour to communicate across cultures.

Now is the time to break the old cultural barriers which can be a hindrance to Global Capitalism as we want our students to be well-equipped for overseas work in a globalizing market.

This paper also focuses on the programme that should be developed to train students to understand how to act when they are abroad and how languages open many more opportunities for them and lead to a dream job.

Even with all the goodwill in the world, miscommunication is likely to happen, especially when there are significant cultural differences between communicators. Miscommunication may lead to conflict. Though English is considered the most important medium of communication, there is still need for having knowledge of other languages when communicating with people of other countries.

All communication is cultural. It draws on ways we have learned to speak and give non-verbal messages.


We live in a global village which is closely connected with the Internet. A person can find out what is happening in another country thousands of miles away, by going online. Travelling has become uncomplicated. Almost anyone can get on a plane and visit a foreign country for a quick visit or a long stay.

Even with all the access, Indian students in general, are not known for their cross-cultural competence.

Culture studies focus on comparing and contrasting two different cultures. This paper examines the aspects of cross-cultural communication and presents strategies that can be used by teachers of English in India. Apart from this, it will further suggest means to improve communication and present the importance of non-verbal communication.

Cultures provide our students ways of thinking, ways of seeing, hearing and interpreting the world. Thus the same words can mean different things to people from different cultures, even when they talk the same language. When the languages are different, and translation has to be used to communicate, the potential for misunderstanding increases. (http;// communication)

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Jaspreet Kaur, M. Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty of English
Carman School
24 Nehru Road
Dehradun 248001
Uttarakhand, India

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