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Postgraduate Course: Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy (EDUA11413)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to enable students to develop a critical understanding of language and intercultural communication pedagogy, and locate this within a range of educational contexts that are likely to sustain intercultural dialogue in the increasingly globalised world in which we now live. In so doing, the course discusses competing conceptualisations of culture and intercultural communication, functional classroom methodologies, and political approaches to the study of language and culture that are dedicated to establishing the connections between intercultural citizenship education and conflict resolution. In keeping with this approach, students will be encouraged to develop a rigorous, ethical stance towards pedagogic practice, and examine their roles as reflective practitioners who mediate between the language classroom and international civil society. As part of the strategy to enable students to become competent reflective practitioners, course tutors will provide examples of good practice, referring to such issues as cultural distance and proximity, cross-cultural understanding, and intercultural communicative competence.
Course description This course critically examines the nexus of Language and Intercultural Communication within the context of education. Students on this course will critically reflect upon the importance of Language and Intercultural Communication for education and the importance of education on Language and Intercultural Communication. Language and Intercultural Communication are problematised from a dialogical and critical approach which aims to enrich students through focusing on the self-other relationship in interaction. The course problematises in-part macro forces and influences (e.g., globalisation) in how language and intercultural communication are both shaped in education, explicitly though, in decontextualising intercultural competencies, micro-level interaction comes under the microscope in this course (e.g., the role of language and intercultural communication in everyday discourses, in representations, in the role of power, in the engendering of identities, in the role of the teacher, in educational contexts, etc.). This course demands that students conceptually think: If intercultural competencies can be taught in education, then for whom? By whom? And, for what purpose?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative: Students are required to write a 4000-word essay (100% weight).

Formative: Feedback and feedforward from micro-teaching group tasks

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories, concepts and principles that inform Language and Intercultural Communication pedagogy.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in Language and Intercultural Communication teaching and research.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues in Language and Intercultural Communication in assessing the role of education in Language and Intercultural Communication pedagogy.
  4. Analyse and appraise the approaches and skills that facilitate the development of intercultural competencies in education in ways that extend thinking in the field.
  5. Exercise substantial autonomy in the planning and execution of intercultural learning and teaching provision, laying foundations for originality in the field.
Reading List
Dasli, M. & Diaz, A. R. (Eds.). (2017). The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy: Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Routledge.

Dervin, F. (2016). Interculturality in Education: A Theoretical and Methodological Toolbox. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dervin, F., & Simpson, A. (2021). Interculturality and the political within education. London: Routledge.

Dervin, F., Moloney, R., & Simpson, A. (Eds.). (2020). Intercultural competence in the work of teachers: Confronting ideologies and practices. London: Routledge.

Jackson, J. (Ed.). (2020). The Routledge handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. New York: Routledge.

Piller, I. (2017). Intercultural communication: A Critical introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordslanguage education,intercultural communication pedagogy,intercultural competence
Course organiserDr Ashley Simpson
Course secretaryMr Ethan Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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