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ERIC Number: EJ975495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Engaging Study Abroad Students in Intercultural Learning through Blogging and Ethnographic Interviews
Lee, Lina
Foreign Language Annals, v45 n1 p7-21 Spr 2012
The study involved 16 American undergraduate students who used weekly blogs and conducted ethnographic interviews with native speakers to develop their intercultural competence over the course of one semester abroad. Selected blog entries, post-surveys, and final interviews were collected and analyzed to report the findings. The results show that blog tasks afforded additional opportunities for students to reflect upon cross-cultural issues and exchange cultural perspectives with native informants. Blog entries indicate that students demonstrated various stages of intercultural competence from understanding cultural differences to demonstrating attitudes of openness and appreciation for the target culture. The study concludes that the accessibility to networking, the option of using the first language (L1) for self-reflection, and effective strategies for interpersonal communication are essential to maximize the potential of blogs for intercultural learning. (Contains 3 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain