Jul 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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APLN 000/5332 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)

APLN 5100 .

This course will raise language professionals’ awareness of their own cultural assumptions, sensitize them to the multiplicity of other world views, and equip them with the means to assess and respond to their students’ cultural orientation. The course includes theoretical readings, analysis of critical incidents, values clarification, and experiential intercultural activities and field observations leading to an ethnography of communication which analyzes a given speech community’s communicative norms. The course has four main areas of concentration: a theoretically-grounded conceptualization of intercultural communication, an overview of variations in pedagogical traditions across cultures and ways these can affect language learning effectiveness, a practical component focusing on developing teachers’ own intercultural communicative competence, and a methodological component which explores ways of promoting intercultural communicative competence among language learners.
Among the concepts covered are macro-level cultural dimensions, cultures within cultures, cross-cultural variability in relationships, transmitting and interpreting verbal and non-verbal messages, managing conflict and face threats, intergroup attitudes, identity negotiation, acculturation, assimilation and ethical considerations in intercultural communication.

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