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ALC2011 : Language and Cross Cultural Communication

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Navaporn Snodin
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module provides an introduction to language and cross-cultural communication. Specific module aims include:

To introduce key topic areas in the study of cross-cultural communication
To engender an understanding of basic cross-cultural communication terms and concepts, including ‘unpacking’ notions such as culture, language and communication
To develop an understanding of the socio-cultural processes underlying language use and language behaviour of the individual
To raise awareness of one’s own and others’ cultural values; and ways in which these can influence patterns of communication and relationships
To enable students to describe perceived obstacles to ‘successful’ cross-cultural communication
To enable comprehension of key theoretical frameworks that describe communication between culturally heterogeneous individuals and groups
To engender a level of criticality regarding existing literature on cross-cultural communication

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1: Why study language and intercultural communication (ICC)?
Introduction to module aims and assessment; Explaining of key concepts

Week 2: The history of the study of language and ICC
Overview of various approaches to the study of ICC

Week 3: Culture and the primary socialisation process
Discussion of functions and dimensions of ‘culture’ and its role in ICC

Week 4: Language, communication, culture and power
Discussion of the relationships between language, communication, culture and power

Week 5: Language and nonverbal communication
Discussion of the relationships between verbal and nonverbal communication and the role of ‘culture’ in nonverbal communication

Week 6: Language and identity in ICC
Discussion of multiple dimensions of identity and their role in ICC

Week 7: Ethnocentrism and ‘othering’
Discussions of barriers to ICC

Week 8: Intercultural transitions across contexts
Discussion of processes involved in intercultural transitions (e.g. adjustment, adaptation, ‘culture shock’)

Week 9: Intercultural interpersonal relationships
Discussion of dimensions of intercultural interpersonal relationships

Week 10: Language and ICC in the global workplace
Discussion of the role of language, culture and power in the globalised workplace

Week 11: Drop-in session: Module conclusion and Q&A

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:0078:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an introduction to the weekly content, establish a basic level of understanding of the topic, provide opportunities for discussion, and signal areas for individual further study and essential and further reading.

Seminars offer an opportunity for further exploration, discussion, and personal reflection, through small group activities. Seminar activities are often linked to post-lecture reading.

Structured Guided Learning activities provide students with weekly opportunities to consolidate learning through guided tasks linked to the weekly topic.

Independent study will enable wider reading, further personal self-reflection and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1003,500 words. Students to choose from a set range of essay questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Study skills, and other relevant knowledge and skills, will be assessed through the reflective diary journal. Critical understanding of relevant theory will be assessed through the end of module essay.

Reading Lists