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LING6028 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.
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 language teaching approaches and materials based on an understanding of language and culture in intercultural communication.
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 in a variety of contexts.


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. Topics covered will include: theories of communication, culture and language; theories of intercultural communication; culture and identity; ‘native’ and ‘other’ cultures and the role of generalisations and stereotypes; intercultural communication and language teaching including intercultural communicative competence and cultural/intercultural awareness. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and these skills to teaching contexts of relevance to you and gain practical experience in analysing examples of intercultural communication.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures, • Seminars, • Workshops, • Group work. Learning activities include • Individual and/or team research, • Preparing and delivering presentations and student led seminars, • Using on-line resources such as Blackboard, TDNet and the Internet, • Individual study.

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

Holliday, A., Hyde, M. & Kullman, J (2004). Intercultural communication: An advanced resource book. 

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

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

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

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

Scollon, R., and Scollon, S.W. (2001). Intercultural communication. 

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 80%
Oral presentation  (15 minutes) 20%


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

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