Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

LING6028 Language and Intercultural Communication

Module Overview

This module will combine a theoretical understanding of intercultural communication with reflections and evaluations of your own intercultural experiences and applications of this to pedagogic settings and other practical settings.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key concepts in the relationships between communication, culture and language, for example linguistic relativity, culture as a social semiotic system, culture as discourse, and critical theories of culture and language
  • Intercultural theories, for example third places, liminality, discourse approaches and transcultural flows, and how these relate to globalisation and lingua franca communication,
  • Constructions and negotiations of cultural identities in intercultural communication, including stereotypes of “native” and “other” cultures,
  • Nonverbal aspects of intercultural communication,
  • Key concepts in culture and language teaching, including intercultural communicative competence, cultural awareness and intercultural awareness and intercultural citizenship education.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Illustrate, contrast and explain differences in both verbal and nonverbal communication in and across different cultures, as emergent resources in intercultural communication,
  • Reflect on, describe and clarify the configuration of cultural identities in intercultural communication, including your own,
  • Define intercultural competency in terms of empathy, cultural adaptability, cultural relativisation, negotiation and mediation,
  • Problematise definitions of culture and language in intercultural communication, especially in global lingua franca communication contexts,
  • Make connections between theories of intercultural communication and your own intercultural experiences,
  • Describe and evaluate the relevance of different pedagogic approaches to intercultural communication and language teaching/training in a variety of contexts.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work and communicate with deeper understanding with people from different cultural backgrounds in real life situations,
  • Apply theories of intercultural communication to your own research and professional experience,
  • Develop your own teaching approaches and materials based on an understanding of language and culture in intercultural communication.
  • The ability to write academic assignments in an appropriate style and format.
  • The ability to give an oral academic presentation.


Topics covered will typically include: 1. Theories of culture and language 2. Theories of intercultural and transcultural communication 3. Identity and culture 4. Semiotics and multimodality in intercultural communication 5. Global languages and intercultural communication 6. Digital intercultural communication 7. Intercultural pragmatics 8. Intercultural communication, education, training and language teaching 9. Intercultural communication and ideology in education 10. Intercultural communicative competence and intercultural awareness

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - Lectures - Seminars - Group work Learning activities include - Individual and/or team research - Preparing and delivering presentations - Using on-line resources such as Blackboard - Individual study

Completion of assessment task32
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Follow-up work24
Wider reading or practice46
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hall, S. & Du Gay, P (1996). Questions of cultural identity. 

Kramsch, C. (1993). Context and culture in language teaching. 

Hua, Z. (2019). Exploring intercultural communication: language in action.. 

Byram, M. et al (2001). Developing intercultural competence in practice. 

Piller, I. (2017). Intercultural communication: a critical introduction. 

Byram, M (1997). Teaching and assessing intercultural communicative competence. 

On-line journals, for example the ‘Journal of Intercultural Communication’.

Scollon, R., and Scollon, S.W., Jones, R. (2012). Intercultural communication. 

Holliday, A., Hyde, M. & Kullman, J (2017). Intercultural communication: An advanced resource book. 

Byram, M. (2008). From foreign language education to education for intercultural citizenship: essays and reflections. 

Risager, K (2007). Language and culture pedagogy. 

Kramsch, C. (1998). Language and culture. 

Baker, Will (2015). Culture and identity through English as a lingua franca: rethinking concepts and goals in intercultural communication . 

Pennycook, A. (2007). Global Englishes and transcultural flows. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 80%
Oral presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students will be expected to purchase one or two core texts.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings