ERIC Number: ED347845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-28
A Case for Overseas Study and Internships.
Rahilly, Leonard J.
Americans have long had and deserved the stereotypical reputation of knowing little about the language and cultures of other nations. Most college students, including language majors, leave higher education with inadequate language skills, and many high school language teachers are also in need of improved skills. The reliance of literature to teach culture is also inadequate. Overseas study can improve both knowledge of language and understanding of culture, but study abroad programs are generally offered as a supplement to language study rather than a key component. Overseas study, which should be required by schools and supported by both government and the business community, should be undertaken only after 3 years of successful college-level study. Students studying overseas should be carefully prepared for the experience before them. Once abroad, the student's family-living experience should be monitored by the home institution. Internships combined with academic study could enhance the experience dramatically. An integrated overseas program would include a preparatory course or seminar, appropriate housing, courses tailored to the needs of participants, work experience, and follow-up upon return to the United States. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 25-28, 1992).