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Yankina N.V. THE ROLE OF STUDENTS' INTERCULTURAL SENSITIVITY DEVELOPMENT IN PREPARING FOR SUCCESSFUL STUDIES AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN GLOBALIZED ENVIRONMENTModern system of education takes competence approach as the leading one to organize training process. The basics of this approach are the development of key competences, intercultural competence being one of them. Focusing on this essential educational outcome, the author describes the nature and development process of one of the components of intercultural competence — intercultural sensitivity. Using the Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity by M. Bennet, the author suggests some forms of education to provide step by step development of this personal characteristic. Assuming that education in a new cultural environment will increase the general level of intercultural sensitivity, the author used Intercultural Sensitivity Index and Likert scale and diagnosed the change in the level of intercultural sensitivity development before and after students' participation in short-term study abroad programs. It led to the defining of some specific characteristics of students' educational and social activities like determination for enriching knowledge and skills of intercultural communication; demonstration of respect and understanding to different worldviews and persaptions; readiness to master various bahaviour models specified by social and cultural context; development of adaptation skills to new surroundings and norms; need for active learning of cultural diversity. Besides, there are some recommendations how to prepare students to study abroad.Key words: intercultural competence, intercultural sensitivity, short-term study abroad programs.


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Author: Yankina N.V.

Year: 2015

Sergey Aleksandrovich

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