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MOOC | The 7th SISU-FutureLearn Intercultural Communication course

The SISU Intercutural Institute is delighted to welcome you to join our 7th SISU-FutureLearn Intercultural Communication course! Engage with people from around the globe starting October 15 at:  futurelearn.com/courses/intercultural-communication

Since 2015, nearly 50,000 learners from 192 countries and regions have enrolled, with active social learners posting over 90,000 comments. As our contingent of Chinese learners has grown with each run, the opportunities to learn how others think across cultures and respond to these topics have also increased.

New learners: embark on a five week eye- and mind-opening journey as we consider the dynamics of intercultural communication, diverse identities, varied communication styles, cultural value orientations, and ways of adapting to other cultural contexts. What a great way to grow and develop intercultural competence!

Returning learners: uncover new knowledge as you review course content, contribute and notice more insightful comments, deepen your social learning and strengthen your preparedness for intercultural adaptation and competence development.

Intercultural educators: connect students for an unique exposure to intercultural communication, integrate these five weeks into your course design, or refer to specific steps and comment chains in the online course as supplements for shared learning.

Our SISU team has also published information about the course and how to integrate it into blended learning designs:

Consider ways of how to use the course in your classroom:

•Suo, G. F., & Chi, R. B. 索格飞 迟若冰(2018). 基于慕课的混合式跨文化外语教学研究[A blended method of intercultural foreign language teaching experiment based on MOOC]. 外语界 Foreign Language World, (3), 89-96. (In Chinese)

Understand how the course was designed and developed:

•Chi, R. B., Zhang, H. L, & Kulich, S. J. 迟若冰、张红玲、顾力行(2016). 从传统课程到慕课的重塑——以《跨文化交际》课程为例[Transforming a traditional course into a MOOC – taking the “Intercultural Communication” course as an example]. 外语电化教学 Foreign Language Electronic Teaching, (6), 29-34. (In Chinese)


Whether a continuing learner or joining us for the first time, we are eager to meet you online, see your comments, and learn together in this special intercultural communication experience. From the date you or your students enroll, course content can be accessed for an additional five weeks at no cost, or a certificate of achievement can be purchased for long-term access.


We hope to see you, your classmates, and friends with us these next weeks!


Steve Kulich and the Educator Team

for the Shanghai International Studies (SISU) Intercultural Institute



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