ERIC Number: ED395456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-29
Reference Count: N/A
Interactive Exchanges: American and International Students at an IEP.
Allameh, Joy; And Others
This paper describes an interactive exchange program used at Eastern Kentucky University that involves face-to-face interaction between international, non-native English speakers and native English speakers in (1) social work classes at the university, (2) a nursing home, (3) an alternative school, and (4) a local high school. In the social work classes, foreign students were very comfortable and there was considerable interaction among the two groups of students. In the nursing home visits, some international students increased their fluency by speaking with the senior citizens. Class discussions after the visit provided opportunities for students to discuss their feelings about American nursing homes and meeting older Americans. The alternative middle school for at-risk students specialized in traditional Appalachian folk culture, giving the international students exposure to the folk culture in addition to English. At the high school, international students were paired with social studies students who expressed an interest in the international student's country. Each exchange was considered successful and offered a rewarding challenge to the international students as well as to the American students and senior citizens. Comments from both international and American students about the exchanges, a cultural assignment, and newspaper clippings about the interaction program are appended. A videotape of actual interactions accompanied the presentation but is not available here. (NAV)
Descriptors: Cultural Exchange, English (Second Language), Exchange Programs, Folk Culture, Foreign Students, Group Dynamics, High School Students, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, North American Culture, Peer Groups, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Social Integration
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern Kentucky University
Note: Paper presented at Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Chicago, IL, March 26-30, 1996).