SOAS University of London

Foundation Years

Cultural Fluency

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Term 2

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to the concept of cultural fluency, raising questions such as: What is culture? What does it mean to study other cultures? How do different cultures relate to each other? The importance of language learning and other aspects of communication in cultural understanding is stressed. Students consider the relationship between culture and globalisation: Is there such a thing as global culture? What does it mean to be a global citizen? They are encouraged to think critically about their own cultures and citizenships. Students develop the digital portfolio that they began in the Digital Skills and Technology module in term 1, incorporating content demonstrating their growing cultural fluency.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of cultural fluency and related ideas such as cultural diversity and global citizenship
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of language and communication in cultural fluency
  3. Develop a digital portfolio with content demonstrating this growing understanding
  4. Work independently and collaborate with peers, drawing upon the support of teaching staff as required

Scope and syllabus

  • The concept of cultural fluency
  • Cultural diversity
  • Language and communication
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Globalisation and global citizenship
  • Development of digital portfolio
  • Presentation of portfolio to peers
  • Digital networking and cross-cultural interaction 

Method of assessment

  • Presentation (30%): explanation of topic illustrating understanding of concept of cultural fluency
  • Digital portfolio (70%): development of portfolio begun in Digital Skills and Technology module in term 1


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