IL1GICC-Intercultural Competence and Communication

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Modules excluded: IL2GICC in current and subsequent years
Modules excluded: IL2GICC Intercultural Competence and Communication
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Ms Joan McCormack

Module Co-convenor: Mrs Daniela Standen

Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this module students develop skills and understanding needed for working in the multi-cultural global workplace. In the Autumn term it will consider intercultural competence and communication from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including psychology, education, inclusivity, business, language and discourse. In the Spring term students will apply their knowledge to define and explain a defined a real-world issue.

The module will be delivered at the University of Reading Whiteknights campus


The aim of this module is to equip students’ with the theoretical and analytical tools to develop awareness and understanding of intercultural competence and communication Students will encounter different theories and models of cultural analysis and explore how they relate to real-world situations, developing an ability to define and explain the situation. Students will also reflect on the development of their own intercultural competence.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  1. Describe and explain different concepts, models and theories of cultural intercultural competence and communication

  2. Present your ideas in a clear and concise manner including more than one perspective.

  3. Summarise different viewpoints and bring insights from a range of topics.

  4. Articulate how this module has  developed your ability to reflect upon your own cultural values and how these contribute to your world view and influence your response to other people.

Additional outcomes:

  • Develop transferrable skills such as group work and discussion skills (such as conveying information clearly, expressing, seeking and responding appropriately to others). 

  • Develop increased personal effectiveness, self-confidence and efficacy in working independently.

  • Reflect and share experiences of interacting with students from another culture

  • Develop an awareness of the importance of a global perspective at university and in the workplace

  • Develop an ability to evaluate digital and paper sources.

  • Develop digital competence skills through the search and use of relevant digital resources.

Outline content:

The autumn term and the first half of the spring term will consist of lectures and workshops covering key concepts and theories relating to intercultural competence and communication from a range of disciplinary perspectives. 

The second half of the spring Term is dedicated to an independent project where you will explore a real-world issue choosing from a range of intercultural situations presented to you by employers and educators.  You will draw on the knowledge from the autumn term to define and explain the issue. 

Global context:

The nature of the module is global, as the focus is on the development of cross- cultural understanding, as well as intercultural competence.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A Flipped Learning approach is used to deliver lecture content.  Each week students will be expected to watch a pre-recorded lecture and/or engage with reading and other tasks in preparation for a workshop. Tasks may include watching videos, screencasts or narrated PowerPoints, reading, completing activities and participating in discussion boards.  Tasks to consolidate learning after the workshop will also require completion.  This part of the module is co-taught with IL2GICC.< /p>

In the Spring Term, students will work on an independent project and will be supported through group supervisions and whole group workshops.

Independent study tasks form a central element of this course and include wider directed reading, preparation for seminars and group study tasks.  All tasks and related information are displayed on Blackboard.

In both terms students will be offered assessment skills workshops.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 3
Seminars 17 12.5
Project Supervision 1.5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 13 17
    Wider reading (directed) 15
    Advance preparation for classes 20 10
    Preparation for presentations 10 10
    Group study tasks 10 6
    Carry-out research project 20
    Reflection 10 20
Total hours by term 100 100 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 30
Project output other than dissertation 60
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Group Presentation 10% - week 8 Autumn Term –a one page information poster and 5 minutes presentation per group

Reflective Portfolio 30% - Week 5 Spring Term – 600-800 words

Project 60% - week 11 Spring Term – a one page academic poster and a 800-1000 words literature summary.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will have opportunity to participate in quizzes and individual tasks in workshops. Student will also receive feedback on  participation in discussion board posts and formative submissions of the Reflective Portfolio.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Students will carry forward passing coursework marks, and will be able to resubmit failing coursework tasks.  Students will be provided with alternative assessments, where appropriate.  Submission by 2pm on third Friday in August.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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