Living and Studying Abroad: Research and Practice (Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education)

Living and Studying Abroad: Research and Practice (Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education)

By: Michael Byram (editor), Anwei Feng (editor)Paperback

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The internationalisation of higher education has led to study abroad being a large scale phenomenon. Students spend short periods on study tours or a year or more taking courses in foreign universities. Studying aboard cannot be dissociated however from learning to live in another country and culture. The need to adapt to a new education system is obvious but the inevitable difficulties of living in another culture for the purpose of study are also an important facet of the whole experience. Chapters in this book report research into this whole phenomenon. Authors have researched students travelling across the world, from East to West and West to East, and also the effects of studying in countries which seem to be more like students' own. Each chapter explains the case in question, the findings from the research and what the implications might be. The second part of each chapter is then a critical reflection on the research methods used. The book thus provides a guide to the complexity of this kind of research and how that complexity can be handled with appropriate techniques and methods.

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Michael Byram is Professor of Education at Durham University where he has taught trainee teachers, and researched language teaching and the experience of living abroad on language students in Higher Education. He is also Adviser to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division. Anwei Feng lectures and supervises education doctoral students at Durham University. His research interests include intercultural studies, language education and the experience of students from Asia in the UK.


Contents Foreword by Robert Crawshaw 1. Introduction - Michael Byram and Anwei Feng (University of Durham); Sojourns Far 2. Japanese students in England - Mari Ayano (University of Durham); 3. Irish students in Japan - Aileen Pearson-Evans ( Dublin City University); 4. The one less travelled by ... : the experience of Chinese students in a UK university - Christine Burnett and John Gardner (Queen's University, Belfast); Sojourns Near 5. Reciprocal adjustment by host and sojourning groups: Mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong - Carol Lam (Hong Kong Baptist University); 6. Study abroad and experiences of cultural distance and proximity: French Erasmus students - Vassiliki Papatsiba (Open University, England); Short-Term Sojourns 7. Ethnographic pedagogy and evaluation in short-term study abroad - Study abroad and experiences of cultural distance and proximity - Jane Jackson (Chinese University of Hong Kong); 8. Student perspectives in short-term study programmes abroad: a grounded theory study - Gertrud Tarp (Aalborg University); Lasting Effects on Sojourners 9.:The assistant experience in retrospect - an interview study examining its educational and professional significance in teachers' biographies - Susanne Ehrenreich (Ludwig-Maximillian-University of Munich); 10. British students in France - ten years on - Geof Alred and Mike Byram (University of Durham); Evaluating the impact Identification and assessment of intercultural competence as a student outcome of internationalization - Darla Deardorff (Duke University, Durham, USA) References

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  • publication date: 22/08/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781853599101
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781853599101
  • weight: 394
  • ISBN10: 1853599107

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