Communicating in Asian Contexts (ASNS6906)


This unit takes a cross-cultural approach to analysing the interactions of speakers of Asian languages and other language backgrounds, both Asian and non-Asian. Theoretical approaches are introduced through case studies, focusing on cultural key words, language systems and interaction styles. Students will reflect on their own cultures, languages and interaction styles, and undertake cross-cultural research, using primary and secondary sources. This is not a language unit; no knowledge of Asian languages is assumed.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x1500wd group work presentation (15%), 1x2000wd report on presentation (30%), 1x2500wd essay (45%), online and class participation (10%)

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