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ECL775 - Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:(B, X)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:Z Golebiowski
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Contact hours: For on-campus students, 2 hours of seminar/workshop per week; for off-campus students, a half-day study day at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.


This unit aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of intercultural communication. It discusses differences in interactive styles across diverse cultural settings and focuses on the application of intercultural pragmatics in language learning and teaching contexts.
Topics to be addressed include: Cultural differences in written and spoken discourse; Intercultural communication and Grecian maxims; Ways of making meaning in diverse cultural contexts; The pragmatics of face and politeness; Applications of pragmatics in second and foreign language learning and teaching; Relevance and implicature; Intercultural variation in speech acts; Presupposition and common ground; Cultural awareness in the classroom; Intercultural variation of academic English; and Stereotyping and discriminating in language.


Responses to theoretical issues and practical activities in logbook format (2000 words - 40%); an essay on an issue in intercultural communication in a language classroom (to be selected from a list of topics included the Unit Guide) (4000 words - 60%).

Prescribed texts

DeCapua, A and Wintergerst, A. (2004). Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom, University of Michigan Press
Hinkel, E. (2002). Culture in second language Teaching and learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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