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Taken together, intercultural adroitness, intercultural awareness, and intercultural sensitivity account for being communication competent in a global society. Due to conceptual confusion and operational fragmentation of the three concepts in the literature, this article explicates the concept of intercultural awareness. The concept is defined and a rationale is built for the study of intercultural awareness in a global society. The article indicates levels of and approaches to the study of intercultural awareness. Models for the study of basic cultural knowledge and cultural values are also discussed and evaluated. Finally, directions for future research on intercultural awareness are provided.

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