LCC2011 : Language and Cross Cultural Communication

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Syllabus content is based on and corresponds with the core text: Jackson, J. (2014) Introducing language and intercultural communication. Oxon: Routledge.

Week 1: Why study language and intercultural communication (ICC)?
Week 2: The history of the study of language and ICC
Week 3: Culture and the primary socialisation process
Week 4: Language, communication, culture and power
Week 5: Language and nonverbal communication
Week 6: Language and identity in ICC
Week 7: Ethnocentrism and othering
Week 8: Intercultural transitions

Week 9: Intercultural interpersonal relationships
Week 10: Managing language and intercultural conflict
Week 11: Language and ICC in the global workplace
Week 12: Reading week and optional assignment Q&A

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures include a range of interactive elements enablinge students to engage with their peers
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Independent reading and research for student essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Activity-led interactive small-group seminars complement the lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1241:00124:00124 hours independent study. 3 hours drop in surgery
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures to introduce key topic areas. They should be followed by activity-led seminars and private study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M301 x 750 - 1000 word reflective diary account
Essay2M703000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• The reflective diary account gives students an opportunity to describe and discuss a personal real-
life intercultural encounter, and link the experience to key themes in the literature. This will help
to create a link between the field of inter- and cross-cultural communication and ‘the real world’.
• The essay assesses students’ ability to engage in more depth with theory and research from the field
of inter- and cross-cultural communication.

Reading Lists