THE podcast: cross-cultural communication in the international classroom

Whether it’s teaching creative writing and media in a multilingual course or providing future doctors with clinical communication skills, two experts share tips for connecting with students and bridging language and culture divides


University of Central Asia,
4 Jul 2024
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One way to future-proof students in our globalised world is to improve their cross-cultural communication skills. And with students and academics more mobile than ever, the ability to reach across divides – be they language, culture, religion, economic or location – is vital within universities.

For this episode, we talk to two very different experts in cross-cultural education; one focused on highly practical medical communication in Hungary and the other teaching creative writing and media studies in the mountains of Central Asia. They share advice for creating a classroom that supports language learning and understanding, on adapting teaching to maximise the benefits of an international student cohort and connecting practical skills with functional language.

Lucy Palmer is senior lecturer in communications and media based at the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. She has previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Papua New Guinea and is a successful memoir writer.

Katalin Fogarasi is associate professor and director of the Institute of Languages for Specific Purposes at Semmelweis University in Budapest.

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