Update March 22, 2020
Teaching plan and suggested topics for future discussions are shown as follows:
Teaching Schedule for the First Nine Weeks
Course description; requirements, tasks; assessment --- discussion, presentation, and term paper;
Reading materials for ‘ESP in General’ and ‘Business English’. Summaries are needed from the students.
Hofstede’s Three Levels of Mental Programming (‘Software of the mind’);
Ecology and Culture;
Theories of culture
Hall’s theories revisited;
Critique of Hofstede’s theories;
Dialectical relations of culture and communication
Introducing language and intercultural Communication
Business discourse --- What is Business Discourse
Business discourse: Research Cases
e.g. Euphemisms in the economic discourse; metaphor; rhetorics, etc.
Cultural Linguistics: Cultural dimension of language
Paradigm and Intercultural Communication;
Identity and Intercultural (Business) Communication;
Interculturality, Harmony and Conflict;
Communicative Competence and ICC Training;
Analysis of SEIB Dissertation papers and Implications;
Developing Intercultural (Business) Communication theories for Belt and Road Initiative
Week of Students’ presentations
20 minutes for each, presentation, plus 5 minutes Q & A.