2019 English Language and Cultures 16

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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 and their discussion. (2) The tutor follows up on students' presentation 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 to the course + Intercultural communication quizzes Nurture students' imagination in intercultural communication
Class 2 Tackling problems: identity Preparing for your presentation
Class 3 Tackling problems: othering Preparing for your presentation
Class 4 Tackling problems: representation Preparing for your presentation
Class 5 Media in intercultuarl communication (1) Preparing for your presentation
Class 6 Media in intercultuarl communication (2) Preparing for your presentation
Class 7 Summary of the course and prepare a group presentation Preparing for your presentation
Class 8 Presentation Preparing for your presentation



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.E483 : English Language and Cultures 15

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



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Seminar:Language and Culture(English) 15.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.
The course content is subject to change depending on the number of registered students, their level of English and their interest.

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