1st Edition

Interculturality in Higher Education Putting Critical Approaches into Practice

Edited By Melodine Sommier, Anssi Roiha, Malgorzata Lahti Copyright 2023
    170 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Engaging with the topic of critical intercultural education at tertiary level, the book aims to strengthen what critical intercultural communication means and facilitate its implementation in higher education classrooms.

    With contributors coming from a variety of educational contexts and disciplines, the book provides a versatile and comprehensive picture of how intercultural communication can be approached in different fields. By offering a reflection on theoretical frameworks for teaching and learning critical intercultural communication, it bridges the gap between theory and practice in recent years. Furthermore, it proposes concrete pedagogical solutions that will help educators working at the tertiary level move from essentialist approaches to meaningful intercultural education.

    Higher education teachers, lecturers and professors responsible for the design and delivery of teaching on intercultural communication will find this book helpful and resourceful.


    Mélodine Sommier, Anssi Roiha & Malgorzata Lahti

    Chapter 1: Can You Imagine? An Imaginary of Finland’s Higher Education as Anti-Oppressive, Intersectional Practice

    Johanna Ennser-Kananen & Taina Saarinen

    Chapter 2: Developing Critical Intercultural Competence through Understanding the Location, Product and Processes of Dialogue

    Nick Pilcher & Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

    Chapter 3: Towards Critical Intercultural Training for Public Service Interpreters

    Kristina Gustafsson, Eva Norström & Linnéa Åberg

    Chapter 4: Student Experiences of Critical Multilingual and Intercultural Communication Competence Assessment in Higher Education

    Lotta Kokkonen & Teija Natri

    Chapter 5: Engaging Artistic Practices in the Seminar Room: Collaging as Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy

    Elizabeth Start

    Chapter 6: Finnish Boozing Is Like Skiing through the Snow in Winter Time: Critical Analysis of Blogging about Finnishness during a National Cinema Course

    Anu Muhonen

    Chapter 7: Email in International Business Settings: Classroom Activities for Students to Practise and Critically Reflect on their Communicative Practices

    Annelise Ly

    Chapter 8: Playing Critically: Using Digital Intercultural Simulation Games in Higher Education

    Marko Siitonen


    Mélodine Sommier is an academy research fellow (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). Her work concentrates on processes of in- and exclusion at the discursive and interactional levels, and in urban settings through her work on racial landscapes.

    Anssi Roiha works as a university lecturer in foreign language didactics (University of Turku, Finland). His main research interests are foreign language teaching and learning, bilingual education, differentiation and intercultural education. 

    Malgorzata Lahti is Senior Lecturer in Communication (University of Jyväskylä, Finland). She has co-run an international master’s programme in intercultural communication and has extensive experience teaching in the area. Her research interests include interculturality and multilingualism in interactions in organisational and academic contexts.