Talking Cultures aims to enhance awareness of cultural differences by exploring cultural heritage, prejudices and stereotypes. Topics covered include:
- how verbal and non-verbal communication can create barriers that may lead to cultural misunderstanding
- sociocultural norms
- politeness, respect and power, and etiquette.
If you are studying a language, focusing on a culture associated with the language you are learning helps to deepen your understanding of both.
Talking Cultures elective module
Talking Cultures can be studied as an elective credit-bearing module:
Talk to your academic adviser if you would like to choose Talking Cultures as an elective.
Talking Cultures (non-credit modules)
|Talking Cultures Module||Module code|
|Cultural Knowledge and Identity||EWLA3340|
|Considerations of Intercultural Communication|
|Barriers to Intercultural Communication; Useful Tools and Strategies||EWLA3360|
|Enhancing Cultural Awareness||EWLA3370|
How to sign up to Talking Cultures (non-credit modules)
Talking Cultures is also available as a series of non-credit modules. These modules do not carry academic credits but are particularly useful if you are planning to study abroad as part of your degree at Kent.
Students can sign up to non-credit modules following the these simple steps on the Kent Vision Portal:
- Click on my timetable and events
- Select my workshop and events
- Now click on manage workshops
- Under Workshop Type select All and the Talking Cultures modules will appear.
- Click Sign Up to the workshop(s) you wish to attend.
If you are having difficulty registering for a module or booking an appointment, or you need further advice, please email email@example.com
Student Feedback - Talking Cultures
Laura Prats Cardona: "Personally, my favourite one [workshop] was the culture workshop, where we were put in groups of more or less ten people and each of us discussed the prejudices on our cultures, what we believed to be culture (which is so much more than just food music or clothes) and what culture we identified ourselves with. It was interesting to see how people who had travelled or moved countries during their childhood (myself included) identified with two or more cultures".
Bilal Hussain: "Internationalisation and global engagement programmes exemplified by GOLD, such as the talking cultures workshops, have helped fuel this new emerging environment of cultural pride and expression for us all. Going back to the previous point about travelling through the people you meet; internationalisation programmes have become even more important in keeping this momentum going in the current COVID climate where we can’t travel. This only amplifies just how important it is in forging global and diverse relationships so that we can see the world through people. Most importantly, however, it improves our respect and awareness of different perspectives from different parts of the world which helps us to build a respectful and tolerant society where we can celebrate each other and forge togetherness rather than divisions".
The GOLD programme
The Global Officers Leadership Development (GOLD) programme provides opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their leadership skills, global citizenship and cultural awareness. GOLD is available as a co-curricular programme and as an elective, credit-bearing module.
Get more from your degree by discovering Kent's range of opportunities designed to internationalise your experience. Whether you want to work or study abroad as part of your degree, take part in virtual exchange or participate in the Global Officers Leadership Development Programme there are many ways to get involved.