LING150 Communicating in Culturally Diverse Contexts

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 03 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LING110 or LING250 or LING350
Notes None
Combined Units LING350 - Communicating in Culturally Diverse Contexts
Coordinator(s) Finex Ndhlovu (
Unit Description

This unit is about communication between people of differing cultural backgrounds in different social and professional contexts. It covers principles of cross-cultural communication, how problems can arise, and what can be done to overcome them. The approach is linguistically-oriented but assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics. Students learn how to apply linguistic methods to understand and improve cross-cultural communication. You do not need to know any other language to do this unit. The unit is supported by a variety of online tools including online assessment.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction

ISBN: 9781474412919
Piller, I., Edinburgh University Press 2nd ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Communication Across Cultures: Mutual Understanding in a Global World

ISBN: 9781107685147
Bowe, H. and Martin, K., Cambridge University Press 2nd ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Cross-Cultural Pragmatics

ISBN: 9783110177695
Wierzbicka, A., De Gruyter 2nd ed. 2003

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication

ISBN: 9780415601993
Jackson, J., Routledge 1st ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

The Language and Intercultural Communication Reader

ISBN: 9780415549134
Hua, Z., Routledge 1st ed. 2011

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Assignment Note 5% 350
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Online Worksheet 1 25% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Online Worksheet 2 30% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. identify and examine several approaches to studying cross-cultural communication;
  2. effectively communicate how cultural assumptions and expectations shape communicative style;
  3. apply linguistic methods and concepts, at an introductory level, to analysing cross-cultural interactions;
  4. analyse some frequent causes of cross-cultural communication problems;
  5. effectively communicate how people acquire communicative style through language socialisation; and
  6. use autonomy and judgement in the explanation of strategies for communicating more effectively across cultures.