Asst. Prof. Dr. Emilia Slavova
5th semester, 3 credits
Globalization has opened up countless opportunities for intercultural contacts across the globe, but has also given rise to various problems in communicating with people from different cultural backgrounds. The Intercultural Communication course provides an introduction to language and intercultural communication: globalization, communication, and miscommunication across cultures; cultural differences; different face systems; politeness; verbal and non-verbal communication; stereotypes; culture shock; the use of English as an international language. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions, to find and share examples illustrating the topics discussed, and to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice. Evaluation is based on a portfolio of written assignments, an oral presentation and a term paper.