University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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How can an intercultural pathway support student mobility and internationalisation

02 December 2015 (15:00-17:00)

The School of Education and The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics in China (CRALC), the School of English, are very pleased to invite you to the following Public Lecture presented by Dr Prue Holmes, Durham University. Dr Holmes is the current president of International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC).

Venue: AB236

About the speech

In this public lecture I present a recently completed project: an intercultural pathway designed to develop mobile students' intercultural learning during their study abroad. The 3-year European-funded project, IEREST, Intercultural Educational Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers, comprises three modules-pre-departure, while abroad, on return. Through the activities students learn experientially how to understand complex concepts associated with intercultural communication and their own developing intercultural awareness-of both self and other. Students are encouraged to go beyond national diversities, and question assumptions and perspectives commonly used in the intercultural field which are problematic and counter-productive; they explore the role of (multiple) identity formation, cultural groupings (small cultures), representation, power relations, and discourse. The presentation will explore some of the learning activities that illustrate the IEREST theoretical and pedagogic approach, thus demonstrating how the study abroad experience can be enriched through an intercultural pathway.

About the speaker

Dr Prue Holmes is Reader in the School of Education, Durham University, United Kingdom, and Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. She teaches postgraduate modules in international and intercultural education and intercultural communication, and supervises doctoral research in these and related domains. She is Co-I on the AHRC-funded "Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law and the state" and the EU-funded project "Intercultural resources for Erasmus students and their teachers" . Prue publishes in the areas of language, intercultural communication and education, and student mobility. She chairs the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC).