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Language and the development of intercultural competence in an 'internationalised' university: staff and student perspectives

Dunworth, K; Grimshaw, T; Iwaniec, J; McKinley, J; (2019) Language and the development of intercultural competence in an 'internationalised' university: staff and student perspectives. Teaching in Higher Education 10.1080/13562517.2019.1686698. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Within the currently diverse UK higher education environment, one important aspect of learning is the development of intercultural competence. The study that informs this paper investigated the ways intercultural competence was perceived as being enhanced or inhibited through current language and educational practices at a university that positions itself as internationally engaged and globally recognised. The project employed a multiple-case study design, examining eight academic programmes drawn from four different broad disciplinary groupings: social sciences, science, engineering, and management. Data were collected through individual, focus group and stimulated recall interviews, the latter using class observation recordings as a stimulus. The study revealed the ways in which language was exploited by both staff and students to convey particular meanings within an intercultural context. It was found that language choices, register and style were perceived as contributing to the pragmatic impact of either reinforcing barriers to or promoting intercultural competence development.

Type: Article
Title: Language and the development of intercultural competence in an 'internationalised' university: staff and student perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2019.1686698
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2019.1686698
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Education & Educational Research, Intercultural competence, language awareness, metaphor use, higher education, internationalisation, DISCURSIVE CONSTRUCTION
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088982
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