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University of Leeds

Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture UCML

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Overview

Examine the relationship between language, nationality and cultural identity

On this course you will analyse why language is a social construction and examine how it relates to cultural identity.

You will start by exploring what language is, how it relates to the way we think and how it is shaped by the culture it originates from. You’ll learn how language is used and explore cases of intercultural communication. You will examine the difficulties of translation and how politeness is expressed across cultures. Finally, you’ll learn about the controversial issue of language loss and examine the reasons that cause it and its implications for cultural identity.

The course is for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language and culture, you don’t need any previous experience.

This course is also ideal if you are working with languages, you are preparing to move to a different country for work or study or you work with groups of people from different cultures to yours. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Taught by

Bethan Davies

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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 35 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks very much for this course. It was very interesting, specially the interaction with some of the participants. But the amount of time that it takes to follow is miscalculated. It actually took much more time of studying than expected. Besides, I would have enjoyed some input from the leader. The organizers should let students know if the leader/s will be "on call" or not. This changes completely the dynamics of the course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I did my MA thesis on cross-cultural differences though my major was teaching English. This course was a great opportunity to update, refresh and add to my knowledge. I found the articles and the activities easy enough to follow. The presentation were excellent and informative. However, I would suggest that mentors be present to contribute to the discussion of the participants. I took another course with future course. Mentors were very active. This course may follow suit.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have always been interested in language acquisition. I am bi-lingual, and have learnt three other languages . I have tutored at English and Welsh adult classes.
    What I have found refreshing in this course is its focus on the theories on language acquisition and the influence of culture. The format is stimulating and engaging . The leadership has been direct and helpful. To be thoroughly recommended!
  • Sophia Misiewicz

    Sophia Misiewicz is taking this course right now.

    This was an extremely interesting course that helped me with my teaching of English Language A Level. The course was easy to follow and the pdfs provided really added to it and helped give good grounding. The discussions were also very interesting and showed engagement from all participants. Thank you, Bethan, for all the work you put into this. Much appreciated.
  • Anonymous
    I found the two week course, Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture, so engaging, so enlightening, so thought-provoking, that I had to take it twice. I wanted to delve deeper into the concepts presented and was fortunate that it...
  • Anonymous
    I found the two week course, Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture, so engaging, so enlightening, so thought-provoking, that I had to take it twice. I wanted to delve deeper into the concepts presented and was fortunate that it...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very well-structured course. Good input from other learners. Interesting to get views from all around the world, this made for some very revealing insights into words and languages. Would have liked some live input from the tutor as what was there was from March and wasn't related to the current cohort.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course overall. My only complaint is that it was too short ! A couple of weeks' worth material could easily have been added to make it a 4-week course. The videos are just the right length, the invited guests were excellent, and there were sufficient links made to theoretical aspects to differentiate it from a pop-science Youtube video.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I dropped the course before finishing week 2 because it was not what I had expected. I thought that there would be more emphasis on the cultural aspect of language, and I also expected to receive more information; the end of the course involved too much research on my part, and not enough input from the course itself.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course provides the essential knowledge related to the relationship of culture and language in understandable but still reasonbly challenging way, which is highly motivating. It is clearly structured and all concepts dealt with are clearly explained. Thank you for the course very much!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The opportunity to interact with students from around the world was fascinating. The instructor did a nice job introducing different concepts.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am strongly recommend to everyone to study with this platform, because it is useful and a lot interesting information and materials.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am a language tutor and I believe that teaching a language should always include the cultural aspect. Therefore I found the course very interesting and although I was familiar with some of the topics mentioned, I still gained more background knowledge in particular regarding the linguistic topics. I especially enjoyed the part on translation as I myself carry out some translation work and found this part very informative. It was also interesting to read the comments and to have the opportunity to engage like this with other learners.
  • Anonymous
    As the course title says, it is an introduction to understanding how language and culture relate to each other. Therefore, it is suitable for students new to the subject. For those with some familiarity with culture and language, it offers pointers to research and expand on the whole or parts of the study. To those with knowledge on the subject, the course is a refresher on the basics about language and culture and, it might introduce something they never thought about before, which is how it is working for me.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I totally loved this course! So far one of the best courses by University of Leeds ! Very well structured, showing a lot of different aspects involving culture and language and creating awarness about the importance of language in our culture, identity and heritage. I totally enjoyed the participation of the learners. There were such a rich variety of cultures in this course! Thank you University of Leeds and Bethan Davies for such a wonderful course!
  • MUNEERAH ABDULAZIZ ALHATEM
    this course was amazing and interesting. it shows me different areas of how language deal with culture and identity. and how the language affects the society. also, it gave me more information of intercultural relation with language. I really liked it and didn't hesitate to join again with same topic
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Even if you are a fluent English speaker this can be a tricky subject because we learn about other languages and how those languages used in certain cultures and communities. Bit tough but here they give enough details to pass this course and understand the importance of languages.
  • Anonymous
    This course has been interesting and though-provoking. I enjoyed the videos and articles, as well as reading my fellow students' comments. It is a very valuable thing to be able to participate in such a course by free. A great level of knowledge provided by the University. Thanks a lot!
  • Anonymous
    This is an excellent course for understanding the interconnection between the culture and the language. An integrative approach makes the course a very interesting resource for research and further teaching practice. Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity.
  • Caroline Max

    Caroline Max is taking this course right now.

    It has been very interesting for me to take this course and see the world "through someone else's eyes". How their given languages affect their own cultures and just to compare as to what may be different for all of us from many parts of the world.

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