Local Cultures in English: Intercultural Communication in an International Educational Context

  • Anna NiżegorodcewEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


This paper presents a Polish-Ukrainian educational project. Its outcome is a volume including texts focused on Ukrainian and Polish cultures accompanied by intercultural tasks. The aim of this paper is to reflect on the process of conceptualization, writing and editing of the volume. In particular, initial assumptions of the project are identified and juxtaposed with their later modifications. One of the main assumed goals of the project, co-construction of the common knowledge in the community of practice through the use English as a lingua franca, is discussed from the perspective of the underlying values of the partners’ cultures. Some misunderstandings between the project partners are reflected upon. Those misunderstandings are interpreted in the light of Geert Hofstede’s (1991) model of intercultural dimensions and differences and similarities in the national indices of intercultural dimensions between Ukrainians and Poles, such as power distance, individualism versus collectivism, masculinity versus femininity, uncertainty tolerance versus uncertainty avoidance, long-term versus short-term orientation and low context versus high context. The author concludes her paper by formulating the claim that the project has contributed to an increased intra- and intercultural awareness of its participants and that the main benefit of the project was in the process of negotiating with each other the participants’ local cultures and their underlying values.


Power Distance Uncertainty Avoidance Academic Dishonesty Intercultural Communication Polish Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Higher Vocational School in KoninKoninPoland

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