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A Module for the Development of Intercultural Competence: before, during and after the Period of Residence Abroad.

University of Central Lancashire
University of Central Lancashire

Aims and objectives

  • To design a module to develop intercultural competence at the stages of preparing, experiencing and returning from the period of residence abroad (PRA).
  • To present the module for validation at the University of Central Lancashire


The module would be based:

  • on information about current good practice in UK HE institutions as presented in the Year 2 sub-project report 'Raising Intercultural Awareness in preparation for periods of residence abroad';
  • on knowledge and insights derived from the work of The Interculture Project and the two other RAM projects;
  • on feedback gained at progress symposia and workshops during the course of the academic year 1999-2000.
The module will concentrate on activities falling within the following two domains:
concepts of culture social and self -awareness
e.g., examining own culture, deconstructing stereotypes... e.g., exploring expectations, setting goals...

It will include information and activities which enhance learning within the domains above, such as:

- The Interculture Project Student Accounts of Residence Abroad database (SARA)

- intercultural incidents analysis

- focus groups

- simulations

- games and quizzes

- discussions with returnees and resident international students

- preparation for cultural assignments

- questionnaires

- diaries

- ethnographic research exercises

It will incorporate such activities into a prototype curriculum which illustrates the sequence in which they may be used and identify areas for further development work in the field.


See Module: Acquiring Intercultural Competence in the ICP Outcomes section

A report giving full details of: 

  • Module Rationale
  • Factors influencing the design of the module
  • Tutorial Support
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Expected Learning Outcomes
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Assessment Strategy
  • Syllabus Structure
  • Syllabus Content
  • Assessment criteria and auto-evaluation sheet for portfolio
  • Bibliography
Download report as an RTF file, approx. 105K