Intercultural communicative competence means being able to establish trustful relationships in spite of differences in world-views, values and behaviour. In the intercultural field, this general approach is shared by most researchers, curriculum designers and trainers. Religion is undoubtedly an essential element of being a human and of human cultures. And if self-awareness is a first step towards respecting ‘otherness’, our personal / group-related / culture-based attitude towards our own and others’ religion(s) is worth being addressed in intercultural training concepts.

It may come as a surprise, then, that religion is rarely mentioned in the context of intercultural training. Exceptions exist, of course, such as training concepts developed for medical care students.

Experienced professionals know how important the interface between religion and culture can be. But to quote a recent article published by the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Communication, “the discourse about religion, culture, and communication is still in its infancy, though it continues to grow at a steady pace”


To read the full article by Stephen M. Croucher, Cheng Zeng, Diyako Rahmani, Mélodine Sommier (2017). Religion, Culture, and Communication

Di Rudolf Camerer

Rudi Camerer comes from language testing and, today, directs a language and intercultural consultancy, elc-European Language Competence, Frankfurt/M. & Saarbrücken, Germany. He is the author of a number of publications on the teaching and testing of intercultural competence and, with Judith Mader, co-authored Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen 2012). Dirige ELC European Language Competence, una società di consulenza linguistica ed interculturale con sede a Francoforte e a Saarbruecken, in Germania. Ha un back ground di valutazione della competenza linguistica. E’ autore di diverse pubblicazioni sulll’insegnamento e la valutazione della competenza interculturale, e con Judith Mader ha scritto “Intercutural Competence in Business Engish” (Cornelsen 2012).