Intercultural Communication

Module code: EN7520

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. This module aims both to examine theoretical perspectives on intercultural communication and to explore how teachers can be more effective in developing in themselves and in their learners a critical approach to intercultural communicative competence.

Topics covered

  • Language, culture and identity
  • Culture and interaction
  • Intercultural competence
  • Intercultural communication in the language classroom
  • Critical cultural awareness

Learning

  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of project supervision
  • 138 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Assignment, 3,000 words (100%)

OR

With the prior agreement of the module leader(s) the assessment for two option modules may be combined in a single submission of 6,000 words.