English - Free topic B: Multilingual and Multicultural Communication

Course content

In this course students will be introduced to theories and methods that are useful for investigating multilingual and multicultural communication. The first half of the course focuses on culture and intercultural communication. Here students will work with different approaches to culture and intercultural communication, intercultural politeness and cultural cognition. The second half of the course focuses on multilingualism and linguistic diversity. Here students will work with lingua franca use, language policy, language and identity and language and migration. The course includes a focus on intercultural communication and linguistic diversity in organisational contexts. As part of the portfolio exam students will carry out an individual empirical project drawing on theories and methods from the course.



The course is organised as weekly seminars that combines lectures, student presentations, group work and class discussions. In addition, the course includes workshops on methods and project work and a supervision session.

A 3-hour weekly seminar and workshops in weeks 43, 47 and 50.

Course book:

Ingrid Piller. 2017. Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction. 2nd Edition. Edinburgh University Press.

The course book will be supplemented by an online compendium consisting of research articles, handbook chapters and textbook chapters. All resources will be made available via Absalon before the course starts.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 5th 2022
A portfolio uploaded in Digital Exam:
- one 4-5-page essay in course week 5 (counts 25% of final grade) with peer feedback
- one 4-5-page essay in course week 9 (counts 25% of final grade) with teacher feedback
- one 13-15 page project assignment to be submitted with final portfolio (counts 50% of final grade). The project assignment has to be based on empirical data collection. The topic for this assignment can be chosen among the course topics and has to be approved by the teachers in course week 12 at the latest.
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Dorte Lønsmann   (10-6971746a737872667373456d7a7233707a336970)
  • Kim Ebensgaard Jensen   (10-6a676a73786c66667769456d7a7233707a336970)
Saved on the 23-03-2021

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