2019 English Language and Cultures 15

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English language courses
Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

This course addresses questions involving linguistic translation and intercultural communication by group works and student-led discussions. Its aim is to offer students some key concepts to approach translation and intercultural communications so that they can gain confidence in navigating themsevles in multi-cultural set-up. Students will also train their skills to read and summarise assigned readings in English.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:
・pick out points of argument from each chapter of the text.
・analyze each chapter critically.
・have better understanding of intercultural communication


Intercultural communication  Theories of translation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

(1) Every student is supposed to study assigned readings and join a group discussion in class. Each group gives a presentation summarinsing the content of the text. (2) Tutor adds follow-up when needed while students respond to group presentations. The course encourages all the students to join the discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understanding how the class will be conducted and what will be used as reading materials.
Class 2 Concept of Identity Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 3 Concept of Addressing the Other Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 4 Concept of Representation Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 5 Case studies of identity Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 6 Case studies of "othering" Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 7 Case studies of representation and society Preparing for a group discussion in class
Class 8 Presentation and discussion Review



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kullman, J et al. Intercultural Communication, Third Edition (Routledge, 2017).
Hall, E. T. Beyond Culture (Anchore Books, 1977).
Fox, Kate. Watching English (Hodder and Stoughton, 2004)
etc. The list of reading materials will be distributed in the first week of the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class 50%
Presentation: 25%
Final paper 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E484 : English Language and Cultures 16

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Seminar: Language and Culture(English) 16.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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