IC-SIG Seminar 2013

Intercultural Communication in Higher Education – principles and practices

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Dates:  May 16 and 17 2013

Location:  NewcastleUniversity, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS)

Fee:  BAAL Members £110, £120 for non-members.  No daily rates.

Confirmed Contributors:

Professor Ingrid Piller, MacquarieUniversity, Sydney

Professor Mike Handfod, University of Tokyo

Professor Lixian Jin, DeMontfort University

Professor Michael Byram, University of Durham

Call for Contributions (Closed)

This two-day seminar aims to encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary exchanges on the phenomenon of intercultural communication in Higher Education. It will also explore how research might contribute to theory development in Applied Linguistics, Modern Foreign Languages and the Social Sciences, and to improving the practice of intercultural communication in the Higher Education sector.

The ‘internationalising’ university represents one of the most vibrant and researched current arenas for intercultural dialogue, exchange, struggle and contestation (Andrade, 2006).  Globally, there are currently around four million international’ students enrolled in higher education institutions outside their country of origin, an 80 % increase since 2000.  Numbers are increasing sharply across Europe, but the UK remains the main European destination, and the second most important globally after the US:  in 2010/11, 17% of its total student body were non-UK citizens, and 70% of all full-time taught postgraduates were international.  The impact of these changes on both international and home students and their study experience will become of increasing importance.

Although government policy in some countries may seek to limit the rise in future, ISs will nevertheless remain a major part of the student body for the foreseeable future, and they will continue to make a very substantial contribution to the finances and diversity of the institutions in which they study (e.g. Coughlan 2011).

The seminar will be purposefully small, to facilitate exchange.  We will be exploring questions like:

  • How far have Universities’ ‘Internationalisation’ agendas moved beyond merely increasing recruitment and revenues?
  • What is the impact of ‘internationalisation’ on the students (international or UK) and their study experience?
  • What is the place of intercultural communication in gauging and enhancing the experiences of ‘international students’, ‘home students’ and staff in the UK and worldwide?
  • What are the particular social and academic challenges facing ISs, and what role might intercultural communication play in helping with them?
  • How can intercultural competence be defined, and how can it be part of the package of transferrable skills and graduate attributes appealing to employers and available to all students (and staff) in HE?
  • Are intercultural communication and intercultural competence teachable/learnable in the University context?    If so, how?  And how might aims and approaches differ from or complement those employed in other domains (language learning, business, etc.)?
  • What value do different perspectives, national, cultural and disciplinary, have on the quality of the ‘international student experience’?

Please send any enquiries to Gina.Knaggs@ncl.ac.uk

Please submit data-centric abstracts of no more than 200 words to alina.schartner@ncl.ac.uk by March 8th, 2013.

Local organisers are Tony Young tony.young@ncl.ac.uk and Alina Schartner.

Further information about fee payment, travel, location and accommodation is available here


We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle.

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