• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, International Relations, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jane Simpson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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In different societies people speak differently, not only because they speak different languages but because their ways of using language are different. These differences can be profound and systematic. Today’s transnational flows of people, ideas, languages, and practices mean that we encounter these differences in contexts ranging from home, school, hospital, workplaces, to international business, tourism, diplomacy and humanitarian work. This drives the need to understand both ‘cross-cultural communication’ (communication across different groups and societies) and ‘intercultural communication’ (communication within groups and societies).  How people choose to interact with others stems from the languages they speak, and also from their histories, the values of the groups they identify with, their relations with their interactants, the goals of the interaction, the setting in which it takes place and the medium (digital, face-to-face, written).  We explore these from a linguistic perspective, critically examining the empirical basis for claims made about communication in a range of societies including, for example, Australia, the US, Indigenous Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, Korea, and Hispanic speech communities. A general framework for understanding verbal as well as non-verbal communication across and between groups is outlined, drawing on insights from linguistics, psychology, anthropology, tourism, media and communication studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify and analyse speech practices that are characteristic of a speech community or community of practice.
  2. Describe and analyse speech practices and associated ways of behaving from a non-ethnocentric perspective.
  3. Identify and evaluate ways of studying cross-cultural and intercultural communication.
  4. Reflect on their experience and contribute, in their own way, to a better intercultural understanding in Australia and in the world.
  5. Think about, write and present an argument using evidence from intercultural and crosscultural research.

Indicative Assessment

Written Assignment, 1500 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
Tutorial participation, including weekly submissions based on tutorial readings, (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Group-led Tutorial discussion/presentation, 30 min (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
In-class test, 50 min (20%) [Learning Outcome 1-3]
Essay 2000 words (30%) [Learning Outcome 5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6021. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick available on-line on the course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

No assumed knowledge or required skills

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3477 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
4222 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

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