Full Programme


Special Interest Group in Intercultural Communication


Key Issues in Intercultural Communication Research and Pedagogy

Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th, 2010

Place: Bass Management Centre, Nottingham Trent University, UK

This two day event, sponsored by the British Association for Applied Linguistics, and hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University inaugurates the new BAAL SIG in Intercultural Communication (IC).

The seminar is a purposefully small and focused event bringing educators, trainers and researchers together to explore key questions in applied IC theory.  The principal aim of the event is to:

  • To facilitate dialogue between researchers and teaching practitioners who have experience and interest in research and application of IC.
  • To share insights from research and experience, identifying shared and contrasting approaches and perspectives, successes and challenges.
  • To consolidate shared awareness of key issues arising from IC research and pedagogy.
  • To identify key areas for further investigation, and explore the potential for future collaboration



Day 1: Thursday, 27th May

10.30 Arrival and registration
11.00 Welcome and Introduction
11.15 Key note Speaker 1: Cross-cultural communication and applied linguistics in late modernity
Dr Alan Firth, Newcastle University (DOC)
12.15 Plenary discussion of key issues arising
12.45 Lunch
1.40 Speaker 1 : Interculturality: The (Missing) Language Link In Intercultural Communication
Zhu Hua, Birkbeck College, University of London (PPT)
2.20 Speaker 2 : Negotiating Intercultural Border Zones in an Employment Preparation Class for Canadian Immigrants
Mabelle P. Victoria , The Open University (PPT)
3.00 Speaker 3: Misunderstandings in Sino-Japanese Intercultural Communication: Implications for the East-West Divide
Joshua Borden, Birkbeck, University of London (PPT)
3.40 Refreshment/informal discussion
4.00 Speaker 4: An Investigation of the Interpersonal Dimension of Email Exchange in an Intercultural Educational Setting: Questions of Power and culture?
Richard Hitchcock. University of Portsmouth (PPT, DOC)
4.40 Small group discussion of key themes/issues
5.10 Plenary round up of key themes/issues emerging from the day
5.30 Intercultural Communication SIG Business Meeting
7.00 Group Dinner


Day 2: Friday 28th May

09.00 Key note speaker 2: Intercultural communication as intersubjective communication in a multilingual research project
Professor Karen Risager, Roskilde Universitet, Denmark (PPT)
10.00 Plenary discussion of key issues arising
10.15 Speaker 5:  Looking For Patterns Or For Variety?Using Research Data To Train University Students And Staff For Intercultural Classroom Encounters
Dr. Doris Dippold, University of Surrey (PPT)
10.55 Refreshment/informal discussion
11.10 Speaker 6: Can Adult Modern Foreign Language Learners Acquire Intercultural Communicative Competence via their Study?
Uwe Baumann, The Open University (PPT)
11.50 Speaker 7 : Intercultural Communication & Code-switching in Exogamous Spousal Talk 
Yvonne Chi, Birkbeck College, University of London (PPT)
12.30 Speaker 8: Methodological Choices For The Study Of Intercultural Communication: The Belt And Braces Of A Multi-Method Approach
Jules Winchester, University of Sussex (PPT)
1.10 Lunch
2.00 Key Note Speaker 3: Discourse and Intercultural Language Education
Professor John Corbett, University of Glasgow (PPT)
3.00 Small group discussion of key themes/issues
4.00 Close & Refreshments


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