LING 2038 - Cross Cultural Communication
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code LING 2038 Course Cross Cultural Communication Coordinating Unit Linguistics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Course Description Misunderstandings often arise when speakers of different languages, or indeed speakers of the same language communicate. Some misunderstandings are easily identified and rectified or may be of little consequences. At other times there can be a complete breakdown in communication. Serious miscommunication can even result when neither party is aware that there is any problem. Both parties may think that the other is understanding perfectly what they are saying, though a major misunderstanding is unfolding resulting in misdiagnosis, mistreatment, gross injustice, financial penalty or the like.
The course seeks to identify and make explicit sources of misunderstanding through practical investigation of interactions in a range of contexts. It will specifically address the use of interpreters, the role of dialectal differences and different cultural scripts (including subcultures within the same language group). Practical means of identifying and minimising misunderstandings will be promoted.
This course will be of interest to a wide range of students, including students of Linguistics, Medicine, Nursing and other health professions, Law, Media, Education, Social Work, languages etc.
Course Coordinator: Matteo FarinaLECTURER: Dr Matteo FARINA
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1- understand the importance of cross-cultural communication
2- think critically and analyse perspicaciously communication issues
3- understand how culture affects communication especially cross-cultural communication
4- be able to better interact with other communities all over the globe
5- develop intercultural awareness
6- possess linguistic analytical skills to assess cross-cultural misunderstanding
7- draw comparisons between a range of conversational styles
8- write a coherent and logically-argued essay involving cross-cultural communication, drawing on a range of perspectives and source materials.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 4, 5, 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 5, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
2, 3, 4
Required Resources(1) Samovar, L. A., Porter, R. E., McDaniel, E. R., & Roy, C. S. (2017). Communication between cultures (9th Edition). Cenage.
(2) Pp. 11-13 of Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad et al. (2015). Engaging – A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property. Australian Government: Indigenous Culture Support. http://www.zuckermann.org/.
Recommended ResourcesAIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies): Guidelines for Ethical
research in Australian Indigenous Studies. https://aiatsis.gov.au/research/ethical-research/guidelines-ethical-research-australian-indigenous-studies
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/r39
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Farina, M. (2015). Facebook first post telling. Journal of Pragmatics, 90, 1-11. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378216615003008.
Farina, M. (2018). Facebook and Conversation Analysis. London: Bloomsbury. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/facebook-and-conversation-analysis-9781350038288/
Fitzgerald, H. (2002). How Different Are We? Spoken Discourse in Intercultural Communication. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Hofstadter, Douglas and Emmanuel Sander (2013), Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of
Thinking. Basic Books.
Jackson, Jane (2014), Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication. London – New York: Routledge.
Jandt, F. E. (2012). An Introduction to intercultural communication: Identities in a global community. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Janke, Terri (1998), ‘Our culture: Our future. Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights’.
Janke, Terri / WIPO (2003), ‘Minding Culture, Case Studies on Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions.’
Janke, Terri (2012), ‘New Tracks, Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Expressions and the Australian Intellectual Property System’.
Kotthoff, H., & Spencer-Oatey, H. (Eds.). (2007). Handbook of intercultural communication. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Lai, Jessica Christine (2012), ‘Maori Traditional Cultural Expressions and the Wai 262 Report: Looking at the
Details’,i-call Working Paper doi: 10.2139/ssm.1996384 http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1996384
New South Wales (NSW) Department of Community Services(2009), ‘Working with Aboriginal People and Communities’ http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/documents/working_with_aboriginal.pdf
Nicholls, Christine(2005), 'Death by a thousand cuts: Indigenous language bilingual education programmes in the Northern
Territory of Australia, 1972-1998', in N. H. Hornberger, C. Baker (eds), International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism special issue on Heritage /Community Language Education: US and Australian Perspectives, Multilingual Matters, UK. vol. 8, no. 2 &3 pp 160-177.
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Scollon, R., Scollon, S., & Jones, R. H. (2011). Intercultural communication: A discourse approach (3rd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.
Spencer-Oatey, H., & Franklin, P. (2009). Intercultural interaction: A multidisciplinary approach to intercultural communication. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tannen, D. (1979). Ethnicity as conversational style (No. 55). Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
Torres Strait Regional Authority (2011), ‘Cultural Protocols Guide’. http://www.tsra.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/1778/tsra20cultural20protocols20guide.pdf
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Walsh, Michael (1997). ‘Cross Cultural Communication Problems in Aboriginal Australia’, Darwin: North Australia
Research Unit. Discussion Paper No.7.
Wilkins, David (1992), ‘Linguistic Research under Aboriginal Control: A Personal Account of Fieldwork in Central Australia’. Australian Journal of Linguistics 12.1: 171-200.
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad 2003. Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew, Palgrave Macmillan.
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad (2003), ‘Hideous Spectre of Censorship’. The Times Higher Education Supplement, 15 August, p. 14.
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad (2006), ‘“Etymythological Othering” and the Power of “Lexical Engineering” in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. A Socio-Philo(sopho)logical Perspective’, pp.237-58 (Chapter 16) of ‘Tope Omoniyi and Joshua A. Fishman(eds), Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture series). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad (ed.) (2012). Burning Issues in Afro-Asiatic Linguistics. Cambridge Scholars.
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad (ed.) (2014). Jewish Language Contact, Special Issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Zuckermann, Ghil‘ad (2020). Revivalistics: From the Genesis of Israeli to Language Reclamation in Australia and Beyond. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978–0–19–981279–0 (pbk), ISBN 978–0–19–981277–6 (hbk). https://global.oup.com/academic/product/revivalistics-9780199812790
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Online LearningAn interview with Stolen
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Language Revival: Sleeping
Beauties Awake: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/news-events/media/2012/language-revival-sleeping-beauties-awake
Language revival expert
calls for native tongue title: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1208/S00480/language-revival-expert-calls-for-native-tongue-title.htm
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered through a two-hour lecture (online) and one-hour tutorial (in-person or online) each week. Lectures will provide much of the content, but will also provide opportunity for discussion of issues from time to time. Tutorials will be more focussed on practical engagement with language data, problem-solving and discussion. Formative work will be undertaken in tutorials to prepare students for the completion of summative assessment tasks.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.- 1 x 2-hour lecture per week (x12)
- 1x 1-hour tutorial per week (x10)
- 6 hours Reading per week (x12)
- 2.5 hours Research per week (x12)
- 2 hours Assignment Preparation per week (x10)
Learning Activities Summary
Communication (CCC): a requirement for the interdependent global society
Week 2 Communication and culture: the voice and the echo Week 3 The deep structure of culture: lessons from the family Week 4 Worldview: cultural explanations of life and death Week 5 Cultural history: precursor to the present and future Week 6
Cultural values: road maps for behaviour
Week 7 Culture and identity: situating the individual Week 8 Verbal messages: exchanging ideas through language Week 9 Nonverbal communication: the messages of action, space, time and silence Week 10 Intercultural communication in contexts: applications in business, education and healthcare Week 11 The challenges of cross-cultural communication: managing differences Week 12 Living overseas: misunderstandings and miscommunications across languages. A case
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance to the 80% of tutorials is compulsory. Students will be expected to complete additional exercises and small-scale investigations between tutorials. Application to these tasks will contribute to the 10% awarded to attendance and contribution (positive participation). Please note that a maximum grade of 85/100 will be awarded to students who actively participated and completed activities during tutorials and lectures.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Mid-Point Assignment 20% Oral Presentation (during tutorials) 25% Post-Presentational Paper 45% Attendance & Contribution
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance to the 80% of tutorials is compulsory. Students will be expected to complete additional exercises and small-scale investigations between tutorials. Application to these tasks will contribute to the 10% awarded to attendance and contribution (positive participation). Please note that a maximum grade of 85/100 will be awarded to students
who actively participated and completed activities during tutorials and lectures.
Assessment DetailInformation on the assignments for this course will be available on MyUni.
SubmissionAll assignments are to be submitted online, with a cover sheet attached.
Ensure that your Full Name, Course Title, Assignment Title & Topic appear on the cover sheet.
All assignments must be in grammatical English.
Always keep a copy of your work.
Assignments submitted late require a doctor’s certificate, counsellor’s certificate or similar proof/documentation.
Extensions (normally up to one week) may be negotiated with the Course Coordinator, but this MUST be organised prior to the
Assignments submitted during the teaching semester will be returned within approximately two weeks of the submission date.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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