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ELL202 - Texts Across Cultures

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:H Shokouhi




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour Seminar per week


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 Gricean 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 - 50%); an essay on an issue in intercultural communication in a language classroom (to be selected from a list of topics included the Unit Guide) (2000 words - 50%).

Prescribed texts

Bowe, H. & Martin, K. (2007) Communication Across Cultures: Mutual Understanding in a Global World. Melbourne: 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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