ERIC Number: EJ798395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Their Perspectives: ESL Students' Reflections on Collaborative Community Service Learning
Crossman, Joanne M.; Kite, Stacey L.
Business Communication Quarterly, v70 n2 p147-165 2007
Our business communication classes will continue to be enriched by students from various cultural backgrounds, many of them ESL learners. Among the numerous benefits of this diversity are opportunities for all students to develop essential life skills through course-embedded community service learning (CSL) projects. This study analyzes students' guided reflections in response to qualitative probes regarding CSL projects required for all MBA candidates at the study site. Data were gathered during a 5-year period from 326 reflective reports. More than 80% of the reflective question responses were authored by international students; approximately 60% of those were ESL learners. The findings reveal differences not only between ESL learners and native speakers of English but also between ESL students. Key themes discussed include cultural sensitivity, teamwork, contributive roles, conflict resolution skills, and pragmatic communication skills. The findings presented are accompanied by students' comments, corroborating literature, and teaching tips.
Descriptors: Business Communication, Service Learning, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Graduate Study, Feedback (Response), Cooperation, Models, Active Learning, Cultural Differences, Teamwork, Learning Strategies
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