ENL-10043 - Intercultural Communication
Coordinator: Ella Tennant Tel: +44 1782 7 33083
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 174
School Office: 01782 733960

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

Yes

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites




Barred Combinations

ENL-20004.


Description for 2020/21

The focus of this module is to help prepare Keele students for their Study Abroad/Exchange/Erasmus programme. The module provides an introduction to the basic principles and issues related to communication within and across different cultural contexts. Lectures and seminars focus on the perception of culture and our ability to understand and function in an unfamiliar environment. The overall aim is to equip students with the framework to analyse and recognise the value of their overseas experience. By the end of the semester, study abroad students regardless of their specific destination, will be better equipped to function effectively in a different culture.
During the module you will meet students who have recently returned from their own study abroad experience and interview students who are currently studying at Keele from our partner institutions.
This module is particularly relevant for Year 1 students in their second semester who are intending to take part in the Study Abroad programme in Year 2.


Aims
The module focus will generally be on the concept of culture and how it impacts upon our ability to understand and function in a new and unfamiliar environment. The module will concentrate on the skills, attitudes and behaviours which all study abroad students, regardless of their specific destination, will find useful. The overall aim is to equip students with the framework necessary to analyse and understand their overseas experience. By the end of the module students will be better equipped to function effectively in a different culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes

develop intercultural communication competence: 2
evaluate their own cultural opinions, attitudes and biases, and gain an understanding of how the UK is perceived abroad, as well as the ways in which they will be perceived as national representatives: 2
gain skills in independent research and constructive team- working as they develop culture-specific knowledge and expertise: 2
develop the ability to discuss key concepts, including cultural stereotypes, cultural generalisations, high- and low-context communication styles, culture shock and re-entry: 1,2

Study hours

12 hours of lectures
12 hours of tutorials
86 hours of pre-class preparation and coursework
40 hours of group presentation preparation




School Rules

No entry requirements, but generally students must be intending to apply to study abroad in semester one of their second year.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 40%
Group Presentation
In pairs or groups of three, students prepare and deliver a short presentation, of 7 to 10 minutes each.

2: Portfolio weighted 60%
Portfolio
Students submit 5 pieces of work, each consisting of approximately 500 words. The tasks encourage students to research cultural aspects of the countries they intend to visit, analyse and compare practical issues and reflect on the potential outcome of their experience. The tasks also allow students to develop good academic skills.