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Framing interculturality: a corpus-based analysis of online promotional discourse of higher education intercultural communication courses

Hua, Zhu, Handford, Michael and Young, Tony Johnstone 2017. Framing interculturality: a corpus-based analysis of online promotional discourse of higher education intercultural communication courses. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 38 (3) , pp. 283-300. 10.1080/01434632.2015.1134555

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Abstract

This paper examines how intercultural communication (ICC) and the notion of culture are framed in on-line promotional discourse of higher education (HE) ICC courses. It analyses a specialised corpus comprised of 14,842 words from 43 course websites of master's programmes in ICC in the UK and the US – internationally, the two largest providers of such programmes. Through combining corpus tools with a ‘situated meaning’ approach, the analysis reveals that while a small number of courses acknowledge cultural ‘complexity’, culture is still very often reduced to an essentialised and static notion, despite growing criticism against such an approach in ICC literature. ICC is valorised as a combination of desirable skills and knowledge conducive to effective communication of different cultural groups and for those working in international arenas. Significant differences between the UK and US courses are identified with regard to the extent of associations with diversity-related social categories. The lack of interpretive, critical, and constructivist positions on culture in promotional discourse is discussed in the context of neoliberal discourse and the current thinking towards professional competences dominant in Britain, North America, and other parts of the world

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0143-4632
Date of Acceptance: 16 December 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:56
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87998

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