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Intercultural Studies and Linguistic Diversity

Research in Intercultural Studies and Linguistic Diversity centres on the interaction between pragmatics, intercultural communication and individual and societal multilingualism. For example, we examine how plurilingual individuals and teams are using intercultural communication in tertiary education as well as in professional contexts to resolve linguistic and cultural differences. Inclusive and barrier-free, accessible communication plays a role in this. Our findings provide insights into communicative modes and modalities as well as into the ways they are used to render successful cooperation. Results from comparing language use in different social domains and institutions across languages contribute to more precise theories of linguistic action. In contexts of education, work and lifelong learning, they help develop new approaches to intercultural and inclusive linguistic practices and foster professional mobility and societal participation.

Research-based teaching

Results of our research on intercultural communication and linguistic pragmatics are incorporated into the BA in Applied Languages and the BA in Language and Integration. We also supervise BA theses on multilingual, intercultural and inclusive communication in both degree programmes. In collaboration with colleagues in the ZHAW School of Engineering, we developed a course on Intercultural Communication Management, which is available across all their BA degree programmes. We also offer supervision within the MA in Applied Linguistics, with a focus on research questions in intercultural communication, inclusive language and linguistic diversity. 
Our findings are returned to practice by means of continuing education courses such as our CAS Communicating and Acting in Intercultural Contexts.