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Successful Communication - The International Context

From: 02 Mar 2022 - 17:00 To: 16 Mar 2022 - 18:00

Successful Communication - The International Context

CUBS has partnered with UCC Language Centre to provide a short programme to increase international awareness, knowledge and understanding to all CUBS students.

Companies in Ireland and internationally have identified ongoing shortages of ‘competent global managers’. Being globally competent in business demands developing intercultural communication sensitivity and agility and appreciating what it means to work in culturally diverse environments. To foster skills relevant for global competence of business professionals, CUBS has partnered with UCC Language Centre to provide a short programme to increase international awareness, knowledge and understanding. 

The short programme is open and to all CUBS students - undergraduate and postgraduate. Sessions take place online (MSTeams) on Wednesday evenings, 5pm-6pm on March 2, March 9 and March 16. 

Across three workshops students will have the opportunity to consider and reflect critically on the concept of intercultural communication competence and the role that language plays.  Practical strategies around how to address challenges in inter-cultural communication are provided. 

  • Session 1 - Discourse: participants will be introduced to theories and models of interculturalism. Students will have the opportunity to critically analyse discourse samples from a variety of contexts to highlight the issues in how discourse across cultures is often problematic.
  • Session 2 - Global Englishes: participants will look critically at the impacts on intercultural communication raised in current research on Global Englishes and ELF (English as a lingua franca). Students will be introduced to common challenges when communicating in a multi-lingual environment, and how speakers need to accommodate their speech and help to negotiate meaning.  
  • Session 3 - Making English Accessible: participants learn about accommodation in successful communication and the responsibility of a speaker to ensure communication takes place.  Students will be introduced to how language needs to be adapted to make it accessible in a multi-lingual environment.