Through 29 video conversations, and supported by 13 short papers which interpret the theoretical basis, 21 staff and students from across campus help to uncover how the University is learning from internationalisation …

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"Our teachers, we do have a lot of respect for them, we can't take them very casually but then, with time, it's changing again"

Swetha Akhnoor
Student, IWHO
The lecturer-student relationship.

Short paper

Communication and the roles of politeness and face outlines a theoretical perspective on a common everyday experience most people would be able to identify in the work situation: that of "face" and the role of politeness. People present an identity with positive social value and seek this to be validated by other people. However, in the presence of others, we are sometimes exposed to "face-threatening actions" which may include impositions or criticisms. To maintain face, we engage in "face-work" which helps to maintain each others' identities through communication. Based on observations of three language cultures, Brown and Levinson outline a typology of linguistic politeness strategies which are usefully remembered when interacting with cultural difference.
(Communication and the roles of politeness and face)

More scholarly interpretations of the theoretical basis:

... all Internationalisation short papers

Internationalisation themes

"The scale of the overseas campuses is growing up, they're building their own values, and we've got exchange in both directions."


"We're looking at something the same, but we all pool together our experiences and it makes a new thing."


"As a lecturer in HE you face a bigger challenge in conveying the relevance and significance of what you want them to learn."

Chris Barnatt
Reciprocity: learning from the international experience

Eric Masika
Student, School of Chemistry
International perspectives broaden a class debate

Martin Binks
Globalisation and a university education

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