External Elective Course

External Elective Course: Language, Culture and Communication


To enrol into the course, please send an e-mail to cvetka.sokolov@guest.arnes.si

Lecturer: dr. Azianura Hani Shaari


Type: Seminar


This course focuses on the nexus of language, culture and communication. It examines the way in which language expresses, embodies and symbolizes cultural realities and reviews the role of culture as a central construct in intercultural communication. Cultural and social relations and identities are discussed in relation to the discourses and cultural practices, attitudes, norms, values and emotions of groups and communities engaged in intercultural communication and multiculturalism.

Among others, the following topics will be explored:

  • Literacy and language issues in multicultural contexts,
  • Cultural issues in education,
  • Culture and the media (both reflecting current values as well as influencing contemporary society).

Objectives and competences:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Understand and describe the concepts and definition of language, culture and communication.

2. Investigate the relationship between language, culture and communication

3. Explore language in terms of cultural reality and the role of culture in intercultural communication.

4. Apply language and cultural issues in multicultural contexts and education.


  • Holliday, A., Kullman, J., & Hyde, M. 2010. Intercultural Communication: An Advanced Resource Book for Students. London: Routledge.
  • Koo, Y. L. 2013. Language and Culture in Multilingual Context: Pluriliteracies in Theory and Practice. Bangi: UKM Press.
  • Kramsch, C. 1998. Language and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Moran, P. 2001. Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice. Massachusetts: Heinle.
  • Scollon, R., Scollon. S. W., Jones, R. H. 2012. Intercultural Communication: A Discourse Approach. 3rd edition. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jackson, J (ed). 2012. The Routledge handbook of language and intercultural communication. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.



Type (individual project, oral presentation, group project – poster presentation, written examination/quiz)

Individual Project 25 %

Oral presentation 15 %

Group Project 30 %

Written examination/quiz 30 %

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts