OJZ 555 - English for Intercultural Communication

Course Description:

Code: OJZ 555

Course name: English for Intercultural Communication

Abbreviation: E4IC

Course Length: 1 semester

CEFR Level: B2 and higher

Credits: 2

Target group: Students of bachelors’, masters’, and doctoral study programs who want to develop their ability to communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds using English. For example, students preparing to study or work abroad (Erasmus placements etc.); foreign students studying at USB, students of doctoral study programs.

Entry requirements/student level according to CEFR: the recommended level is B2 and higher. If not sure, please, assess your level using a placement test or the “CEFR assessment grid” on our web pages.

Aim: Improve students' communication skills in English. Preparation for study or work abroad or for study at USB in the case of foreign students. Deepen understanding of the role that culture plays in communication between people from different countries and of different nationalities. Development of spoken and written forms of language. Improvement of practical "soft skills", i.e. the communication skills needed to work in an international team. Improve students' ability to use English for all these purposes.

Content/Course overview: Theoretical introduction to the field of intercultural communication, development of relevant language and communication competencies ("soft-skills")

- Theoretical part: A brief introduction to the basic theoretical concepts behind intercultural communication. Acquaintance with the key ideas of the field, involving critical discussion and practice in applying these theories to specific examples. Analysis of case studies and students' own experience. Reflection on and analysis of our own cultural environment and the factors that shape our "individual culture".

- Language learning: Development of communication competencies in English with relation to various concepts: courtesy, formal / informal context, direct / indirect communication etc. Development of relevant vocabulary, necessary phraseology, and linguistic structures, analysis of own language expression and the language expression of colleagues, subsequent feedback ("peer analysis").

- Practical communication skills (soft skills): Use of language skills for practical purposes - e.g. email communication in the workplace, leading negotiations and consultations, dealing with misunderstandings, skills needed for cooperation in an international team.

Assessment/credit/preparation: Course credit is awarded on the basis of attendance, fulfillment of set tasks, and active engagement in lessons.


  • - Camerer, Rudi. Mader, Judith. The ICE Blended Learning Course
  • - Norquest College.Critical Incidents for Intercultural Communication in the Workplace. Edmonton: Centre for Intercultural Education (CIE), 2015.
  • - Camerer, Rudi & Mader, Judith, A-Z of Intercultural Communication (Photocopiable Activities)Series: A-Z
  • - Camerer, Rudi & Mader, Judith, Intercultural Competence in Business English
  • - Selected articles and online materials in text, audio and video format

Additional notes:
It is not possible to attend this course without registering in STAG.