Intercultural Communication

Module code: ED7020

Module co-ordinator: Dr Jim King

In today’s world of globalisation, multicultural contact and interaction, effective intercultural communication is increasingly important for social harmony. While a range of disciplines can offer insights into the issues that arise in this context, the field of applied linguistics and language education is particularly well placed to analyse the real-life problems and challenges of communication across and within cultures.

In this module you will examine theoretical perspectives on intercultural communication and explore how teachers can be more effective in developing - in themselves and in their learners - a critical approach to intercultural communicative competence.

Topics covered

  • Perceptions of cultural identity
  • Theories of intercultural communication (ICC)
  • Barriers to ICC
  • Culture in the language classroom and workplace
  • Developing ICC in the language classroom
  • Critical cultural awareness


  • 14 hours of taught classes


  • Written assignment, 3,000 words (100%)