General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Inclusive communication
Language English
Module lecturer dr Anna Jelec
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position PhD
Faculty Faculty of English
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 15
USOS code 15-IC-AMU-PIE-11



This course lasts 7 weeks. Classes take place on Fridays, 13:15-14:45 room 211 in the building of Collegium Heliodori (ul. Grunwaldzka 6). 


You can miss no more than 2 classes, so make sure you are able to attend the course when signing up. If you miss 3 classes or more you will not get a grade for this course. 

The timerable for the class will be available in USOS and at 

Module aim (aims)

This short course develops your awareness of how language choices affect communication, particularly with disadvantaged groups and in healthcare contexts. We will look at different communicative needs and decide how to address them, learn some basic principles of good communication in speech and writing, and lay the groundwork to establish good communicative habits. The class requires you to conduct and submit a project to receive a grade. 

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Very good knowledge of English in speech and writing. The course requires active participation and completion of a final project.  


What makes communication inclusive and to whom 

Introduction to cognitive frame theory  

Frame analysis in healthcare  

Wheaton’s law: inclusive communication in practice 

Conceptual metaphor and blending theories  

Pragmatics of inclusive communication: language and gesture 

Five standards for inclusive communication 

Reading list

- Jonathan Rix (2015) Must Inclusion be Special? Rethinking Educational Support Within a Community of Provision. Current Debates in Educational Psychology 

- George Rupp (2015)  Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities. Columbia University Press 

-  Kat Holmes, John Maeda (2018). Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design. Mit Press