Course: Intercultural Communication 1

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Course title Intercultural Communication 1
Course code UJP/IKK1
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Rychtera Roman, Ing.
  • Heinlová Svatava, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1 Introduction to the course; Individual international experience. (Survey.) Functions reminder I. Possibilities for intercultural contacts at the University of West Bohemia (esp. International Students Club [ISC] - buddies). Week 2 International communication: What it is and how it is applied in everyday life. (Searching and discussing internet information.) Functions reminder II. Week 3 Participation in a selected out-of-class activity Week 4 Selected out-of-class activity: feedback. (Discussion) Functions reminder III. Types of cultures. Week 5 The Czechs: Identifying one's own culture. (Discussion.). Functions reminder IV. Czech culture stereotypes. (Role-play. Functions in practice.) Week 6 Test in everyday English: Functions. (Followed by a discussion.) Communication and situational approprietness. Czech interference. Week 7 Test your culturally coloured Czenglish through an interactive computerized programme. (Laboratory access/Data projector required.) Week 8 The Czechs: Presumptions and reality I. Seen with the eyes of UWB foreign students. (Guided discussion.) Week 9 The Czechs: Presumptions and reality II. Seen with the eyes of foreigners employed in Pilsen. (Guided discussion.) Week 10 Politeness in intercultural communication, esp. in English and Czech. (Activity based on examples from a range of discourses.) Week 11 Sexism in English and Czech. Political correctness. Discussing controversial issues. (Activity based on examples from a range of discourses.) Week 12 Final test based on course work. Week 13 Consolidation and evaluation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Discussion, Students' portfolio, Practicum, Field trip
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 10 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report in a foreign language) (10-15) - 15 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Students can: express willingness to cooperate and participate in dialogues express interest in social and cultural issues express their views and participate in discussions. Potential interest in participation in social activities of local students and non-student groups related to the issues of intercultural communication is expected.
learning outcomes
Students can: lead a dialogue in a clear and polite way with an understanding of cultural differences or participate in a discussion read and understand or interpret a text from the field of intercultural communication give a presentation on their own national culture compare the value system of their own national culture with another culture use means of discourse and related functional language, to structure and summarise a talk, to express agreement, to give a suggestion etc. use language fillers and idioms adequate to the situations speak English well without so called common mistakes caused by interference from the mother tongue
teaching methods
Field trip
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Skills demonstration during practicum
Individual presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • Utley, Derek. Intercultural resource pack : intercultural communication resources for language teachers. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-521-53340-6.

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