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ERIC Number: EJ826805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Teaching Professional Writing to American Students in a Study Abroad Program
Andrews, Deborah C.; Henze, Brent
Business Communication Quarterly, v72 n1 p5-20 2009
Studying abroad enhances the intercultural competencies of American students, but that enhancement strategy may be seen as an obstacle to those in business and technical fields who follow a tight curriculum and work to cover expenses. To meet their needs, U.S. professional communication faculty are designing short courses that can be delivered abroad during between-term periods and that foster an understanding of the situations and genres of the field within a context of cultural dislocation. Based on the courses described in this article, the best approach is to settle students in one location rather than touring; keep student numbers low by an entrepreneurial approach to keeping costs low; encourage students to live as the locals do, in apartments rather than hotels; explicitly plan appropriate access to technology; use class time to provide structure and reflection, but allow free time for collateral learning; and make sure the course grows local roots.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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