Talking Across Cultures - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay (30%) , Assignment 2 - Mini-research project (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit will cover how culture and language are intertwined, different communicative styles, how prejudice (and especially linguistic prejudice) becomes manifest, rhetorical schema and its role in the practice of language teaching, some of the ways in which first language, nativised and non-nativised varieties of English differ.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interpret and apply the terms 'cultures', 'speech styles' and 'pragmatics'
  2. interpret and apply how speech styles may differ within and across selected cultures and media
  3. analyse ways in which differences across speech styles can lead to cross-cultural misunderstanding
  4. analyse how certain cross-cultural prejudices impact on communication
  5. analyse how written styles may differ across and within cultures.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Mini-research project (45%)
  • Test (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Factors affecting what we say and when we say it - Hymes'- SPEAKING acronym
2Accommodation and divergence theories
3Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural transfer
4Linguistic prejudice
5Speech styles of varieties of English
6Telephone language across cultures
7Speech styles of European, Asian, Australian (including Aboriginal) and Middle Eastern cultures
8ESP (English for Special Purposes) and the language classroom
9Topic confusion in English-Asian discourse
10Written communication across cultures

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Culturally Speaking: Culture, Communication And Politeness


    ISBN: 9780826493101


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