ALC2011 : 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Independent reading and research for student essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures include a range of interactive elements enablinge students to engage with their peers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Activity-led interactive small-group seminars complement lectures, oppt to discuss res articles.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1241:00124:00Independent study (124 hours) and drop in surgery (3 hours).
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

Essay 1 is undertaken from the students' own perspective, with regard to one particular theme covered in the module. Students describe and reflect on one personal intercultural encounter, linking their experiences to relevant literature.

It 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’.

Essay 2: 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