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COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES (II): A PRAGMATIC APPROACH

Learn how to communicate successfully across cultures from the perspective of Pragmatics



TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

Course.



LENGTH

15 hours (one week, Monday through Friday).



FREQUENCY OF COURSE OFFERINGS

Twice a year (February and August).



LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English.



WHO SHOULD APPLY

Students, translators, interpreters, and other professionals in need of acquiring knowledge in the field of pragmatics and competences in the field of intercultural communication.



COURSE OFFERINGS AND COURSE CALENDAR

The course will be offered from Monday to Friday. Synchronous class meetings will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3). Individual tutorials will be scheduled for each participant, according to their needs and preferences, on Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3). Extracurricular activities are also included, from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm (GMT+3) each day.

  • February (to be announced)
  • 16 - 20 August 2021



REGISTRATION PERIOD AND APPLICATION DEADLINE

Registration will be open on a rolling basis and will close August 13, 2021 prior to the start of the course by 11:59 pm (GMT+3).



CAPACITY

Minimum, ten participants. Maximum, thirty participants.



CREDITS (ECTS)

One and a half credits.



COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the importance of pragmatic and cultural aspects in mastering a foreign language. It briefly introduces the field of pragmatics, and then turns to one of its main branches — cross-cultural pragmatics. Attention is drawn to culture-sensitive speech acts, particularly to compliment exchanges. The course and its activities aim to

  • raise students’ awareness of the importance of compliments for successful communication, pointing out their characteristics;
  • familiarize them with possible communication threats; and
  • provide possible strategies to answer compliments.



COURSE PURPOSE AND EXPECTED PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOME

This course has been designed for participants to understand and spot cultural differences in paying and answering compliments, as well as to acquire intercultural skills in coping with particular situations.

By successfully completing the course, participants will

- have a broad perspective on pragmatics and its importance in communication;

- understand that communication and culture are strongly connected;

- become aware of the importance of speech acts across cultures;

- increase their awareness of the importance of compliments for successful communication;

- know the patterns, topics, and cultural particularities of compliments;

- examine the characteristics of compliments in their native languages;

- examine the characteristics of compliments in other languages they know;

- become familiar with possible communication threats and flaws

- acquire knowledge and skills to deal with possible threats and answer compliments in a culture-sensitive way.



COURSE CONTENT

  • Monday (synchronous class meeting): Introducing pragmatics. The case of cross-cultural pragmatics.
  • Tuesday (synchronous class meeting): Compliment exchanges. Types, patterns, structure, and cultural particularities.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Individual and/or group work on several mini-projects and assignments.
  • Wednesday & Thursday (synchronous individual meeting): Individual tutorials to guide work in progress and clarify possible doubts.
  • Friday (synchronous class meeting): Revision of assignments and concluding remarks.
  • Monday-Friday: extracurricular activities



HOW TO APPLY AND REGISTER

Via Woolf’s Hieronymus College registration link.



REMARKS

(a) Once the course reaches its maximum registration capacity, additional applicants will be guaranteed a seat next time the course is offered, for which a strict application order will be followed.

(b) In the event the course does not meet the minimum application required, Hieronymus College reserves the right to cancel it. Registered participants will have a one-time option of

  • (i) getting a refund on all paid fees or
  • (ii) transferring their registration to a future offering of the same course.



TEACHING MODE

The course will be delivered fully online. 60% will be taught synchronously by means of lectures (Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, GMT+3) and a wrap-up & close-up session (Friday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, GMT+3). Assignments will be solved both in class and at home. Those made at home will stand for the 40% left and will be done asynchronously. Materials may be accessed at any time to be read and/or completed at the participants' own pace/availability. Moreover, each participant will benefit from synchronous live tutorials in order to solve possible doubts. These will follow a fixed timetable - Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3). Extracurricular activities are also included, from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm (GMT+3) each day.



COURSE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Specials are included in the course price and will be available to participants once they have applied, registered, and paid the tuition fee.



METHODOLOGY

  • Lessons will be delivered synchronously via PowerPoint presentations, for 3 hours, i.e. Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3). Presentations will include text readings, audio, and visuals to aid in comprehension of the new vocabulary, listening, and written activities. Students are expected to participate and engage in conversation and particular class activities.
  • Participants will receive several assignments to be made individually and/or in groups asynchronously. They are expected to submit these by Friday, 10:00 am (GMT+3).
  • Individual tutorials are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3) to check progress and guide participants.
  • The last synchronous meeting takes place on Friday, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (GMT+3), in which the tutor checks the completion and progress of the assignments and provides feedback. Final conclusions are drawn.
  • Monday-Friday: Extracurricular activities, from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm (GMT+3).



GRADING AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the course, provided they submit all required assignments by their due date and take an active part in the three scheduled synchronous class meetings. There will be no final exam.



PREREQUISITES

Advanced level of English (B2).



MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS

No prerequisites



COURSE HOURS

25



COURSE COST

200 $, 10% discount for early bird registration (August 6, 2021) and groups

15% discount if taken jointly with the workshop COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES (I): A STYLE-BASED APPROACH and/or COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES (III): A NONVERBAL APPROACH



    Application requirements

    Applicants should do the following:

    • Fill out and verify your profile).
    • Optionally, you may wish to note any disabilities which you think relevant to your application.
  • Accreditation: Unaccredited
  • Total workload: 25 hours
  • Requires extra purchases (outside texts, etc.): No, all materials included
  • ID verification: Required
  • Admission requirements: Application required
  • Minimum education requirement for students: None