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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU2004 English through Interpersonal Communication

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Jane Kay

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Restricted to international students whose first language is not English. Applicants must have a CEF C1, IELTS 6.0-7.5+ or equivalent level of English. This module is available to incoming Study Abroad students.

NB: All students must take the placement English Language Test before they can be accepted on the module.

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Interpersonal communication skills are considered to be key skills in the obtaining and retaining of employment. In this module, you will discover your own strengths and weaknesses when communicating with yourself and with others. You will learn about how British native speakers communicate with one another and examine aspects of cross-cultural communication, in the classroom and in fieldwork in the broader community.


This module aims to:

1. Develop awareness and understanding of communication features of self talk.
2. Enhance and develop interpersonal communication strategies and skills
3. Develop intercultural and cross cultural communication awareness, especially in the context of the UK

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should:

1. have developed awareness of and reflected on the way they communicate with themselves. (MO1)
2. have developed skills and language in interpersonal communication to be able to; open and maintain conversations, manage social interactions, express opinions and ideas in academic and non-academic environments (MO2)
3. Have developed insights into British Cultural communicative strategies and demonstrate conversational sensitivity based on this awareness (MO3)
4. Have developed an understanding of intercultural and cross-cultural communication features and acquired appropriate language and vocabulary. (MO3)


This module addresses the subtleties of communication. Crucially, intrapersonal communication, which is the basis of communication with others. A variety of situation and opportunities will be presented for analysis and experimentation, with those of other cultures and most specifically with a spotlight on British Culture.

The following is indicative of content which may be explored in this module:

reading texts (a set book and other texts) on features of intrapersonal communication – self assessment, critical thinking, group discussion (cross cultural), analysis

watching film/TV excerpts of effective and non-effective methods of interpersonal communication – evaluating effectiveness of communication, analysis, comparing and contrasting, role-playing

Primary research, field work; interaction with UK residents and reflection thereon

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours18.00
Private study hours60.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Online learning may consist of: viewing TV dramas/soaps/ watching specific movies/ journaling/ research for own project.

Private study may comprise: reading set book/ Language development (Language Zone)/research for own project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Discussion of intrapersonal communication strategies – Journal/log submissions – tutor reviewed
In class informal observation and feedback (peer and tutor) of student communicative patterns
MCQ quiz on set book mid-course for formative purposes/ assessment goals
Group filming work, group task in preparation for video submission – peer and tutor reviewed
Tutorials in class time for preparation of assessment material/ideas/concepts
Tutor and peer feedback given in class on role-play scenarios

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment15 minute reflective log and presentation of primary research100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will choose an element of British culture to investigate and will submit a video. To camera, they will outline their intrapersonal feelings and ideas about the topic (LO1), detailing the research they have uncovered (LO3) and film an interview with a native speaker on the topic, demonstrating their interpersonal communication skills (LO2), with a reflection on their growth of awareness, skill and language ability (LO4). (Thereby demonstrating: their skills at introversion and self-analysis, the cultural awareness they have acquired, the assessment of the research done and their interpersonal communication skills.)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:32


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