Postgraduate

ALC8008 : Language and Cross-Cultural Communication

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop understanding of the socio-cultural processes underlying language use and language behaviour of the individual.
To develop understanding of key issues relating to language and communication in cross-cultural contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Module outline
What are ‘Culture’, ‘Communication’, ‘Language’, ‘Inter-‘ and ‘Cross-cultural Communication’?
Approaches to the Study of Cross-Cultural Communication
The Interpretation of Speech Acts
Interpersonal Politeness and Power
Cultural Knowledge and Its Relevance to Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Stereotyping
Corporate Communication
Discourse in Institutional Settings
News Media and Intercultural Communication
Frameworks for the Consideration of Intercultural Communication

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Inclusive of study tasks. 1-2 Lecture materials & guide questions (within and separate to videos).
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading134:0034:00Personal reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:001hr PiP session every week
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities93:0027:001-2 set readings per week with activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:001 hour zoom session every week
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity91:009:00One hour per week
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce new topics each week, and will facilitate structured guided learning, in the form of related activities, reading tasks and online discussion. Synchronous online sessions and present-in-person small group classroom sessions will enable further group work, discussion and reflection in relation to each topic. A reflective learning journal will enable students to log, and reflect on, their learning activities each week.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M50*Guided Reflective learning log of wks 1-4 (1500 words) Submitted in week 4, marked in buffer week.
Reflective log1A50*Guided reflective learning log of weeks 6-8 (2000 words). Submitted before sem 2 induction week.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All skills and knowledge will be assessed through the reflective learning journal, with specific weekly activities linked to the learning for that week.

Reading Lists

Timetable