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Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication : 3rd Edition - Jane Jackson

Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication

3rd Edition

By: Jane Jackson

Paperback | 10 November 2023 | Edition Number 3

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This fully updated third edition of Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication provides an accessible, lively introduction for students who are new to the study of intercultural communication, with special attention devoted to the language dimension.

Incorporating real-life examples from around the world and drawing on current research, this text argues against cultural stereotyping and instead provides students with a skill-building framework to enhance understanding of the complexities of language use and intercultural communication in diverse settings. Readers will learn to become more attuned to power relations and the ways in which a complex mix of internal and external factors can influence language choice/attitudes, the intercultural communication process, and intercultural relationship building.

Features new to this edition include:
    'pause and reflect' boxes and images throughout each chapter that encourage meaning making and connections between theories and practice
  • dialogues and student accounts of intercultural experiences that link theories with real-life applications
  • discussion questions, journal jumpstarts, and suggested activities at the end of each chapter to engage students and provide a more interactive experience
  • new material that takes account of key social, cultural, and political events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the refugee crisis, the climate emergency, and the rise of populism
  • updated theoretical constructs that reflect recent developments in this area of study, such as criticality and reflexivity in intercultural communication
  • refreshed references and glossary to enhance understanding of key terms and concepts
  • revised and updated Instructor and Student Resources, including recommended resources on intercultural pedagogy, sample course schedules and assignments, in-depth chapter-specific resources, and a test bank
  • revised and updated student resources, including suggested readings and links to online resources, key terms for each chapter, e-flash cards, study quizzes, and a glossary
This is the essential textbook for introductory courses in language and intercultural communication within applied linguistics and communication studies.

About the Author

Jane Jackson is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication, Second Edition (2020).
Industry Reviews

This insightful book is highly recommended. It is comprehensive, well-structured, and full of reflections and practical examples, and will be very valuable in courses on language and intercultural communication. It deals with central concepts like identity dynamics, intercultural relations, hate-speech, and global citizenship.

Professor Emerita Karen Risager, Roskilde University, Denmark

Praise for the previous edition:

This is an excellent introduction to the field of intercultural communication, as equally useful for anybody working internationally as to the university classroom.

Allan Goodwin, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan

Educators will find this a timely and wide-ranging resource that tackles difficult issues in challenging times.

John Corbett, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Jackson's text is a comprehensive, fresh look at today's exceedingly complex intersection of intercultural communication, global competence, identity, and language. Relevant to students and intercultural communication practitioners, Jackson offers both breadth and depth when it comes to major concepts, frameworks, and highly applicable real-world examples.

Whitney Sherman, Council On International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

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