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ERIC Number: EJ991091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Host Language Proficiency, Intercultural Sensitivity, and Study Abroad
Jackson, Jane
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v21 p167-188 Fall 2011
The number of foreign language students who join study abroad programs continues to increase annually, especially those who take part in short-term sojourns lasting eight weeks or less. What can be accomplished in such a short stay in the host culture? Is it possible for sojourners to enhance their proficiency in the host language and simultaneously develop their ability to communicate appropriately in intercultural encounters in the host culture? Does the developmental sequence of intercultural competence parallel that of linguistic competence, as suggested by Bennett, Bennett & Allen (2003)? What steps can be taken to maximize the language "and" cultural learning of short-term sojourners? This article focuses on a case study of advanced foreign language students who took part in a short-term study abroad program. By examining their journeys, from their home environment to the host culture and back again, one gains a deeper understanding of the development of their intercultural communicative competence. In the process, the linkage between linguistic and intercultural development is problematized. While the participants were Hong Kong university students who sojourned in England, elements of their stories should reach across ethnic, linguistic, and geographic lines and resonate with foreign language learners in other parts of the world. (Contains 1 table.)
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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: Hong Kong; United Kingdom (England)