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Online Course

Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $74 Certificate Available
  • Effort 5 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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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 for FutureLearn's Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture Based on 8 reviews

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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.
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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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Sophia M
Sophia 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.
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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.
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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.
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Caroline M
Caroline 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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Wendy B
by Wendy is taking this course right now, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I had previously taken the "Develop Your Cultural Intelligence" course with FutureLearn, so that is why I wanted to take this course. I have so far enjoyed it very much.
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