Subject details

  • Topics
    • Culture and communication- dimensions of culture, pragmatic transfer/dissonance, accommodation theory
    • Variety in language - World Englishes
    • Language style, register and code within cultures
    • Language, identity and power
    • Directness and indirectness in language
    • Issues of face - complimenting, apologising
    • Keeping the harmony
    • Communicating across hierarchies and relationships
    • Opening and closing
    • Awkward moments and fuzzy concepts - amae, jen, aizuichi and many more
    • Writing styles across national borders: same or different?
    • Review and exam
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

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

  1. interpret and apply knowledge of differing varieties and styles of language within and across selected cultures and contexts
  2. evaluate pragmatic differences and similarities across a range of cultures and contexts
  3. analyse the impact of the various varieties and styles of language on communication, identity, power, and social status.
  • Assignment 1 - Non-Invigilated Exam (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Investigation (45%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject critically examines the way in which culture, context and language come together to produce different varieties of language and diverse pragmatic styles. It aims to develop transcultural competence for those working in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.

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