English for economic and political relations
- A.A. 2016/2017
- CFU 8
- Ore 40
- Classe di laurea LM-52
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate level of proficiency of the English language. The course is technology-enhanced; students need to have an e-mail account and computer literacy.
LIN421 is an innovative course for learners of advanced English who want to function effectively in an international environment by developing their intercultural skills in English. Students are invited to analyze their own intercultural competence and helped to develop a personal action plan for further use beyond the classroom.
The course introduces students to the study of communication among cultures within the broader context of globalization. Based on a framework that promotes critical thinking, reflection, and action, this course takes a critical discourse approach that provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand how culture and communication intersect in the context of globalization, and to create a more equitable world through communication.
Drawing on inspirational advice from leading figures in the world of cross-cultural communication, this course covers all types of oral and written communication, from meetings to negotiations, telephone calls to emails, and deals with situations ranging from working in international teams to managing conflict.
Based on authentic interviews with people from the world of business and extracts from meetings that exemplify the communication strategies presented, the course provides learners with the essential language, skills and techniques needed for successful negotiations and cover topics such as relationship-building, questioning techniques, decoding body language, bargaining and the powers of persuasion.
- 1. (A) Kathryn Sorrells Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice, 2nd Edition SAGE, Los Angeles/London, 2016
- 2. (A) Bob Dignen Communication across cultures Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011
- 3. (A) Mark Powell International Negotiations Cambridge University Press, Los Angeles/London, 2011
- 4. (C) Alan R. Freitag e Ashli Quesinberry Stokes Global Public Relations: Spanning borders, spanning cultures Routledge, New York, 2009 » Pagine/Capitoli: Part 2 & 3
Students are encouraged to use an electronic portfolio to provide evidence of learning. An e-portfolio provides a means of collecting, documenting, reflecting on, and sharing various experiences and texts (written, visual, multimedia, etc.). It would, at a minimum, be a record of the coursebook activities and projects attempted, responses to any differences between their "answers" to activities and the comments provided, and feedback and reflection on the projects carried out. But it could include any other examples of texts which students came across which they can relate, through commentary, to the theories in the textbook and which may be shared with other students. It might also contain general reflection on their responses to the coursebook and what they find most useful and interesting, or contentious. Through an e-portfolio students will create their own personal learning space for the course.
Teaching and learning is organized according to ILV methodology (Information / Laboratory / Verification), which provides informative moments, followed by analysis and reconstruction workshops that allow students to turn theory into practice, and develop reflective thinking on their own learning processes and products.