Module code: CMCM055

Module Overview

This module provides a practical introduction to teaching intercultural communication in various settings and contexts. Starting from a discussion of the nature of intercultural competence, it will cover ways of assessing intercultural competence, needs analysis and tools / approaches to teaching, as well as providing an overview of the current market in intercultural teaching and training.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

DIPPOLD Doris (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: R900

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Stereotypes, prejudice, culture shock and the history of intercultural communication (teaching)

  • Models of intercultural competence

  • Needs assessment & learning outcomes

  • Intercultural sociolinguistics and training

  • The intercultural communication training and teaching market

  • Selecting and evaluating materials and courses

  • Planning engaging lessons: approaches & methods

  • Textbook analysis

  • Intercultural competence in specific contexts – the university

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 1 1000 WORDS 30
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 2 2000 WORDS 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to design a theory-informed intercultural training programme.


Summative assessment

There are two assignments for this module. The first assignment will ask students to outline the learning aims and outcomes for a half-day intercultural training programme, targeted to a learner group of their choice. In the second assignment, students further develop the training programme, presenting an outline of activities, their rationale and any handouts, exercises and slides.


Formative assessment / Feedback

Formative assessment is provided in the form of feedback on the first assignment, which will help students develop their training programme. Moreover, in a session towards the end of the module, students are able to pitch their programme to their peers and the lecturer and receive further feedback. Students are also given the opportunity for informal feedback by the tutor during office hours, and are encouraged to seek peer feedback throughout.

Module aims

  • to introduce students to central aspects of intercultural education in different settings, covering topics such as the nature of intercultural competence
  • Assessment of intercultural competence
  • Theoretical approaches to cultural learning
  • The intercultural communication training and teaching market
  • Needs analysis
  • Teaching tools
  • Planning teaching
  • Textbook analysis
  • To enable students to plan and write about their own intercultural training programme

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define the nature of ‘intercultural competence' K
002 Critically evaluate and choose theoretical approaches to frame teaching in intercultural communication C
003 Assess an individual's or an organisation’s training needs CPT
004 Choose and use tools for teaching intercultural communication to meet the learning aims of the course KC
005 Critically evaluate textbooks and materials for intercultural communication   C
006 Develop a programme of teaching on an aspect of intercultural communication PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce students to theoretical concepts and enable students to apply these to case studies.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 22 hours (lectures / seminars)

  • 64 hours independent learning / assignment work

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Intercultural Communication with International Business MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.