AGG70 Intercultural Approaches to the Teaching of English

Module code: AGG70

ECTS Credit Points: 22

Module Type: Optional


English & Greek

Module general description:

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this module, students will be expected to be able to,
1. use key terminology (including: “culture”, “communication”, “intercultural communication”, and “cultural learning”) in order to position TESOL as an area of intercultural practice as well as a type of language education;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the complicated character of the English language phenomenon in the world today with regard to its diverse varieties, its functions in different societies, and its role in social forces including colonialism and globalisation;
3. demonstrate an understanding of English’s international lingua franca function and the characteristics of the intercultural communication that is conducted through it;
4. reflect on the most effective and appropriate ways of teaching English to speakers of other languages in different contexts given its complicated character and diverse functions;
5. use both a cultural dimensions approach and a small cultures approach to consider the TESOL practitioner’s on-going quest for methodological appropriateness;
6. distinguish how the cultural content of the TEFL classroom might be most effectively and appropriately approached with a view to developing not just cultural understanding but also intercultural awareness and the skills of engaging with cultural texts and phenomena;
7. demonstrate an understanding of the construction of the intercultural space as a site for developing intercultural and multicultural awareness among pupils and teachers in multicultural schools in Greece;
8. demonstrate an understanding of the potential of newer technologies for developing intercultural awareness through English;
9. demonstrate an understanding of the potential of intercultural communication and intercultural communication training as sources of enrichment for existing TESOL practices in order to better prepare students to use English interculturally;
10. examine the practical issues related to intercultural communication training in a number of teaching contexts.

Subjects covered:
1. Culture- Anthropology-Psychology- Sociology and Linguistics: An interdisciplinary approach to culture
2. Language Teaching and Culture
3. Intercultural Communication

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with five
tutor-student meetings held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of four written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available