Intercultural Communication: Theory and 
Experiential Activities

Course code - Б3ДВ2/Б3ДВ6

Type of course - Elective

Level of course - Introductory

Year of study - second or third

Semester - fall or spring

Number of credits – 2

Name of lecturer - Ekaterina Yurievna Menshikova , senior teacher at FLDpt

Prerequisits - Cultural and Social Anthropology

General goal: development of students’ intercultural competence by enlarging their theoretical

knowledge of the subject and through acquisition of practical skills of successful

communicators with others of diverse cultural backgrounds and in various cultural settings.

Learning outcomes consist in the development of the following skills and uderstandings :

  • expanding students’ knowledge of the ways of other cultures (norms, values, etc.);
  • realizing the value of individual cultures and understanding and accepting the visible and the hidden differences of various cultures;
  • recognizing the influence of one’s own culture on the way in which we view ourselves and perceive the surrounding world;
  • expanding the range of students’ verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

Course contents

The course consists of 12 two-hour sessions including lectures and seminars, a two-hour

tutorial, and a final 3-hour seminar which presupposes group discussion of the results and

students’ individual presentations alongside summarizing their reflections on the course in

written form.

Course literature

1.Across Cultures, Longman 2003.

2.Cultural Identity, Oxford UP 2004.

3.Cultural Awareness, Oxford UP 2004.


1.Development of IcC as theory. Key terms and concepts. Related sciences.

2.Edward Hall as the leading researcher and contributor to the field.

Modern developments in the sphere of IcC.

3.Culture as a context for communication. Sapir-Whorf hypotheses.

4.Communication as an element of culture. Communication contexts.

5.Ethics across cultures. Barriers in IcC.

6.Language as a facilitator and barrier in IcC.

Pidgins and universal languages.

7.Language as nationalism. Varieties of English. Global language.

8.Literary English. Translation as a means of IcC.

9.Nonverbal communication.

10.Cultural values. Comparative cultural patterns.

11.Gender issue in communication.

12.Cultural identity. National character.