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ERIC Number: ED370381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 14
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Preparation for and Results of a Short-Term Overseas Study Program in the United States.
Kitao, S. Kathleen
Bulletin of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, n10 p107-18 Mar 1993
A summer 1992 program in which Doshisha Women's Junior College (Japan) students studied at Mary Baldwin College (Virginia) for three weeks is discussed. Program aspects described include program development, student motivation for joining, student preparation for the study-abroad experience, effects of the experience on their English language proficiency and image of the Unites States, and student feelings about the program. Student preparation included 12 orientation sessions. The stay in the United States included English language and American culture classes, field trips, and a 4-day homestay. Student attitudes, as measured in surveys during the first week of the program and after returning, suggest that students found learning about English language functions in context most useful, felt their English proficiency had improved significantly, felt Americans were kinder and more friendly than anticipated, and that the United States was less dangerous than feared. Suggestions are made for future research. The two student questionnaires are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Doshisha Womens College of Liberal Arts (Japan); Japanese People; Mary Baldwin College VA