1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
1a Admission into GDPTESL-Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language
1b Admission into MTESL-Master of Teaching English as a Second Language
1c Admission into MATESL-Master of Arts (Teaching English as a Second Language)
1d Admission into MLS-Master of Language Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of LANG8405, LING7302 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Some background in sociolinguistics and intercultural communication
Topic description
This topic is about how cultural differences influence verbal and non-verbal communication in inter-cultural encounters. It aims to increase students' understanding of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students will be exposed to a range of conceptual tools and methodological approaches drawn from ethnography, sociolinguistics and pragmatics, with a special focus on cross-cultural comparison of Australian, French and Italian cross-cultural groups.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • expose students to the process of intercultural communication as it is enacted in a variety of contexts in everyday life and the workplace

  • introduce students to the conceptual and methodological tools to analyse and interpret behaviours, values, and communication styles of different cultural groups, particularly Australians, French, and Italians

  • enhance students' understanding of issues that arise as part of cross-cultural pragmatic research (speech acts and discourse work)
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate their understanding of issues of cross-cultural pragmatics, as well as their ability to apply general concepts and appropriate methods to the observation and interpretation of behaviours of members of different cultural groups

  • interpret the cultural specificity of forms (verbal and non-verbal) that are used to accomplish acts such as apologising, complimenting, complaining, requesting, etc

  • demonstrate enhanced understanding and appreciation of how members of different cultural groups manage their differences in social interaction by articulating their own personal values and beliefs to their observations of communication