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Salin, Sandra, Ed.; Hall, Damien, Ed.; Hampton, Cathy, Ed. – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This volume draws together a selection of papers from YAC2018, the first meeting in the annual Year Abroad Conference series, which took place at Newcastle University in September 2018. The contributions collected here examine some of the opportunities, gains, and challenges the Year Abroad brings for both students and staff. They are presented…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Mental Health, Student Attitudes, Employment Potential
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Pérez Nieto, Nazaret; Nebot, Nadia – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This article describes the extra support required for outgoing students on their Year Abroad (YA) journey. It highlights the increasing need for and relevance of peer mentoring of YA students in preparing them to deal with different structures and organisations where external support might be insufficient or even non-existent. It also outlines…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Mentors, College Students
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Lees, David – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This chapter examines student experiences of wellbeing during the Year Abroad (YA). Drawing on the responses to a student questionnaire by a cohort of language students at Warwick, this piece identifies the challenges to student wellbeing while abroad. Defining wellbeing as a 'see-saw' which requires a balance of challenge and resource to remain…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Student Experience
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Day, Michela; Hampton, Cathy – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This chapter examines a student-led internship project to repurpose a Residence Abroad (RA) reflective survey in order to achieve better meta-cognitive self-analysis and more productive communication between outgoing and returning students and staff. Evidence from the project and from scholarships pointed to the limitations of free-text reflective…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Reflection
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Potter, Hilary – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This chapter examines the impact of the Year Abroad (YA) on mental health and wellbeing, arguing that whilst we tend to be systemically and culturally inclined to focus on and mitigate negative impact, we overlook the benefits. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data from students surveyed on placement in Germany and Austria, and on mental…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Mental Health, Well Being, Student Experience
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Franc, Catherine – Research-publishing.net, 2020
Every year, around 120 students of French at the University of Manchester (UoM) prepare to go on their compulsory Year Abroad (YA). They are free to choose between different options: studying in France and the French-speaking world, working in diverse sectors throughout the French-speaking world, or becoming a language assistant. This wealth of…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, College Students, College Second Language Programs
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Morimoto, Kazuki – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This chapter will discuss how a Year Abroad (YA) assessment can incorporate language progress, cultural understanding, and personal development by showcasing the Interim Self-Reflection Evaluation Report (ISER), which was introduced in 2017-2018 as a piece of assessment for the YA in Japan at the University of Leeds. At the end of their first…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Language Skills, Cultural Awareness
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Peng, Ying; Wright, Clare – Research-publishing.net, 2020
Study Abroad (SA) can be expected to promote personal growth, future employability, greater intercultural awareness, adaptability, and efficacy, alongside language improvement. However, students can encounter high thresholds to meeting their own expectations, and may struggle with personal and academic transition into and on return from SA. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Student Experience, Expectation
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Leahy, Christine – Research-publishing.net, 2020
While an extended stay abroad is generally assumed to be a valuable experience, some students are reluctant to take up the opportunity. To understand this phenomenon better, this study looks at students' concerns before they embark on their time abroad (to undertake a study placement, work placement, or a language assistantship) and looks at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Crawford, Ruth; Gutiérrez Almarza, Gloria; McCormack, Jo – Research-publishing.net, 2020
The Year Abroad (YA) is one of the most valuable parts of our language degree programmes. Here we discuss some of the elements that constitute the assessment Nottingham Trent University students carry out to earn a YA diploma. More specifically we compare the two elements (blog and dossier) that we think contribute most to reflective practice, by…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Archer, Leona – Research-publishing.net, 2020
UK universities are increasingly focusing on employability and internationalisation strategies, resulting in the promotion and integration of an optional or compulsory Professional Training Year (PTY) within degree programmes. The University of Surrey encourages students to undertake a PTY in the third year of undergraduate study, either in the UK…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students
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Zaher, Aziza – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This chapter deals with the year spent abroad by language students and its impact on their employability skills, with a focus on students at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC), Durham University, who spend the third year of their four-year Bachelor of Arts programme abroad. The chapter reviews selected studies on Study Abroad (SA)…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Employment Potential, Job Skills, College Second Language Programs
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Plutino, Alessia, Ed.; Borthwick, Kate, Ed.; Corradini, Erika, Ed. – Research-publishing.net, 2020
The present volume collects papers from InnoConf19, which took place at the University of Southampton on the 28th of June 2019. The theme of the conference was 'Treasuring languages: innovative and creative approaches in HE'. The contributions collected in this peer-reviewed volume aim to reflect on best practice in higher education. They showcase…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation
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Stollhans, Sascha – Research-publishing.net, 2020
Escape games are an increasingly popular leisure activity involving a group of players completing tasks to achieve a pre-defined goal, which is usually escaping from a room. In this chapter, I briefly outline the educational potential of escape game activities in language classes within the frameworks of gamification, pervasive learning, and…
Descriptors: Game Based Learning, Educational Games, Transfer of Training, Grammar
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Castiglione, Vera; Placenti, Stefania – Research-publishing.net, 2020
This paper provides an analytical account of a speaking activity, which was designed and delivered by the authors in order to help modern languages finalist students to further develop their intercultural competence. It argues that even finalists coming back from their year abroad might struggle with making sense of cultural differences. The paper…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Study Abroad, Interdisciplinary Approach, Employment Qualifications
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