MSc Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop an understanding of teaching English as a foreign language and the key role intercultural business communication plays in the global economy.

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Course introduction

English is a business language for global communication among people who do not share the same native tongue.

This course understands that cultural differences can create barriers, even when English is used as a common language. It thus combines a systematic approach to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a solid understanding of intercultural business communication.

On completion of the course you’ll be well prepared for a career in international business.


Carlotta Zorzi

There is an increasing demand for proficient speakers of English and for highly qualified teachers of English as a foreign language. An advanced command of English alone does not ensure the success of cross-cultural business: this course involves a critical examination of issues related to English language teaching and learning, along with cross-cultural business behaviour, cultural dimensions, critical cultural awareness, the key role of languages and training for intercultural sensitivity.

You’ll develop your understanding of approaches to the teaching of English as a foreign language and your ability to critically apply teaching practices to training for intercultural sensitivity. You’ll learn from both disciplines and develop the necessary skills to mentor colleagues who need cross-cultural training.

You’ll also gain an in-depth introduction to research methodology appropriate to undertaking research at this level.

This course has an international outlook and attracts students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Subjects include

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Understanding Language in the Global Workplace
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace
  • One option
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

One option from

  • Advertising as Cultural Discourse
  • Tourism, Society and Visual Culture
  • Case Studies in International Tourism
  • Postgraduate Language -French, German, Spanish or Italian

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You could find employment in areas of international business acting as a trainer for colleagues in cross-cultural skills or as a negotiator of international business ventures.

Additionally, you could pursue a career in English language teaching or progress to further academic study on a higher research degree.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.
 

We may also consider equivalent or lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £6,466 £7,000
Overseas £12,620 £13,000
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Advertising as Cultural Discourse ( LNG11105 )

This module considers advertising as a form of cultural discourse reflecting perceptions of society and otherness. It allows you to develop critical awareness of linguistic, rhetorical, content and semiotic approaches to the analysis of text, sound and image of different forms of advertising and to apply these to a variety of geographical, temporal and media contexts. Throughout the course the emphasis is placed on cross-cultural comparisons. It involves the following: Discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of advertising text and image in large diachronic studies and small samples; selection of advertising material in different historical and cultural contexts; intertextuality; representation of nationhood; construction of the 'tourist gaze' in destination advertising; use of stereotypes; language fetish in advertising discourse; impact of regulations on advertising creativity and production.

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Case Studies in International Tourism ( TSM11105 )

• International Cultural comparison • Case Study method and comparative research methodologies • Tourism and Development • Tourism planning and policy • Urban and Rural tourism systems; • Competitiveness and responsible tourism development; • Ethical issues in international tourism • Cross-cultural behaviour in tourism • Global issues and value analysis.

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Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace ( LNG11120 )

This module begins with a discussion of the cultural diversity phenomenon, a day-to-day reality that brings both challenges and opportunites to today’s workplace. Approaches adopted by practitioners to managing cultural diversity will be critically examined and compared, with a particular emphasis on intercultural team-building. The module content then focuses on intercultural competence, an element that is central to the intercultural team-building agenda. Perspectives and insights will be drawn from relevant disciplines, such as intercultural communication, cross-cultural management and education. Participants will consider ways of cultivating their own intercultural competence as well as facilitating others’ intercultural competence development (especially in work-based contexts). To facilitate the exploration of these two areas, participants will engage with theories and practices in intercultural training in a peer-supported learning environment and reflect upon their own intercultural learning experience in this environment.

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Dissertation ( LNG11130 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.

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Global Marketing ( MKT11104 )

* Introduction to Global Marketing - A Strategic Perspective * The Strategic Marketing Process and Global Marketing Challenges * The Global Trading Environment * The Social and Cultural Diversity and Complexity of Globalisation * Global Market Research and Opportunity Analysis * Globalisation and Market Entry Strategies * Global Product and Service Marketing * Global Channels of Communication * Pricing for Global Markets * The Management of Global Distribution and Logistics * Global / International Niche Strategies for Small and Medium Size (SME) Organisations * Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Global Environment

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Intercultural Business Communication ( LNG11106 )

This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of specific theories of culture and communication, cultural systems and dimensions offered by major intercultural researchers and the critiques they have received in order to contribute to a more widening debate of intercultural theory and research. Taught sessions will address the notions of culture and intercultural business communication, and theoretical frameworks about cultural systems, cultural complexity and acculturation. There is also one session devoted to an intercultural workshop that helps you rehearse, through practical activities, the input from the previous taught sessions

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Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language ( LNG11107 )

Learning theories, particularly language learning and approaches to language teaching, including a mini-research study. Relationship between teaching and learning activities. Values, assumptions and reflection. Aims, learning outcomes, standards and levels. Language awareness and teaching of parts of speech, appropriacy and register, awareness of the linguistic needs of overseas learners of English.

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Organisational Change and Management ( HRM11118 )

This module focuses on the behaviour of people at work by placing an emphasis on understanding the vital importance of managing change and culture. It covers two broad areas, namely: 1. Organisational Behaviour: attitudes; perception; motivation; groups and teams; leadership; management of transformational change; power, politics and conflict; and 2. Managerial Process and Skills: activities designed to develop skills relating to the management of people, including corporate social responsibility By the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment by planning and carrying forward system-wide change programmes.

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Postgraduate Language - French ( LNG11111 )

You will study a foreign language at an appropriate level focusing on the applied skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through this study you will also gain an informed cultural empathy which combined with the language skills, will enhance your capability to access and research authentic, current, foreign language sources of information. These skills will be applied in researching and writing an independent project on an aspect of your named programme of study. v

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Postgraduate Language - German ( LNG11113 )

You will study a foreign language at an appropriate level focusing on the applied skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through this study you will also gain an informed cultural empathy which combined with the language skills, will enhance your capability to access and research authentic, current, foreign language sources of information. These skills will be applied in researching and writing an independent project on an aspect of your named programme of study.

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Postgraduate Language - Italian ( LNG11114 )

You will study a foreign language at an appropriate level focusing on the applied skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through this study you will also gain an informed cultural empathy which combined with the language skills, will enhance your capability to access and research authentic, current, foreign language sources of information. These skills will be applied in researching and writing an independent project on an aspect of your named programme of study.

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Postgraduate Language - Spanish ( LNG11112 )

You will study a foreign language at an appropriate level focusing on the applied skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through this study you will also gain an informed cultural empathy which combined with the language skills, will enhance your capability to access and research authentic, current, foreign language sources of information. These skills will be applied in researching and writing an independent project on an aspect of your named programme of study.

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Research Methods ( SOE11131 )

Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language ( LNG11108 )

Introduction and development of the basic techniques used in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults / in Higher Education context, with particular emphasis on practical application, feedback and reflection. Developing reflective awareness of oneself as a novice teacher and the learners' needs. Considering and writing aims, outcomes, standards and levels. Using tools and techniques acquired in Sem1 to plan own teaching.

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Understanding Language in the Global Workplace ( LNG11118 )

The module content will provide you with an understanding of a number of theories of language, such as how language can affect thought (e.g. Sapir Whorff (see Hua 2004 (ed.)), representations of language, such as how it plays the role of a game (e.g. Saussure, Wittgenstein), the importance of dialogue and conversation in creating meanings (e.g. Bakhtin), different ‘formal levels’ of language used in different media and text types, or genres (e.g. Swales) and how to analyse writing and speaking, or discourse (e.g. Fairclough). The module content also considers the role of language in culture (e.g. Scollon and Scollon), different cultures (or ethnographies) of communication (e.g. Dell Hymes), and theories of translation (e.g. Werner and Campbell (see Cortazzi et al, 2011)) and interpreting (e.g. Vermeer (See Cortazzi et al, 2011)). One hour lectures will cover these areas. Follow up two hour tutorials will discuss these aspects in how they apply to written and spoken texts taken from professional contexts. We will reflect on and critically evaluate how language is used, focusing on the impact and influence language has. Both the theory and practice will help you to be aware of the effect of language usage choices you hear and read, and also the language usage choices you make when you speak and write yourself. This will help you to be more effective in your professional career (Usunier, 2011).

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.