STUDY ABROAD: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE
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PEARSON EDUCATION (US)
11 NOV 2002
For all Study Abroad programs. Via personalized exercises, this self-directed workbook guides students through five distinct strands of development, all of which are necessary to fully capitalize on their study abroad experience. Strands include: personal development, learning about one's own culture, learning about another culture, professional development, and learning a language, and each is addressed at the three crucial phases of the experience: before, during and after the sojourn. One major goal of the text is to offer a purposeful agenda to help students move from being the conventional tourist to an explorer who truly acquires an authentic view of another culture.
PREDEPARTURE. Unit 1. Personal Development. Exercise 1: The Choice to Study Abroad.Exercise 2: Establishing Personal Goals for Study Abroad.Unit 2. Learning about Your Own Culture. Exercise 3: What Does It Mean To Be An American?Unit 3. Learning about Another Culture. Exercise 4: Researching Historical, Political, and Cultural Information About Your Host Site.Exercise 5: Understanding the Difference between Fact and Opinion in the Context of other Cultures.Exercise 6: Introduction to On-Site Journaling.Unit 4. Professional Development. Exercise 7: Establishing Professional Goals for Study Abroad.Exercise 8: The Resume and Job Interview.Exercise 9: The Professional Interest Project.Unit 5. Learning Another Language. Exercise 10: Establishing Language-Learning Goals for Study Abroad.Exercise 11: Identifying Possible Roadblocks to Achieving Language-Learning Goals.Exercise 12: Jump-Starting your Language-Learning Experience. ON-SITE. Unit 6. Personal Development. Exercise 13: Being a Foreigner.Exercise 14: Working through Culture Shock.Exercise 15: Fitting In While Pursuing Personal Goals.Unit 7. Learning about Your Own Culture. Exercise 16: Proud to Be an American?Unit 8. Learning about Another Culture. Exercise 17: Updating Political, Historical, and Cultural Information about Your Host Site.Exercise 18: Cross-Cultural Observations Through Journal Writing.Exercise 19: Cross-Cultural Activities.Unit 9. Professional Development. Exercise 20: Professional Interest Project: Successes and Challenges.Exercise 21: Professional Adaptation and Problem Solving Skills.Unit 10. Language Acquisition. Exercise 22: Language Journal. RE-ENTRY. Unit 11. Personal Development. Exercise 23: Fitting your New Self into an Old Environment: Coping with Re-Entry Shock.Exercise 24: Maintaining Traditions From Your Experience.Unit 12. Learning about Your Own Culture. Exercise 25: Reminiscing, Sharing, and Educating Others.Unit 13. Learning about Another Culture. Exercise 26: A Final Look at Political, Historical, and Cultural Information about Your Host Site.Exercise 27: A Private Journal Critique-What Did You Study?Exercise 28: A Private Journal Critique-Where Did Problems Arise?Exercise 29: A Private Journal Critique-Contexts of Communication.Exercise 30: Staying Internationalized and Sharing Your Experiences with Others.Unit 14. Professional Development. Exercise 31: Professional Goals Attainment.Exercise 32: Critically Examining Your Professional Interest Project.Exercise 33: Using Your Professional Interest Project within a Professional Network.Unit 15. Learning Another Language. Exercise 34: Creating a Language Resource.Exercise 35: Maintaining and Further Developing Your Language Skills.Exercise 36: Sharing Your Language Learning with Others.Appendix 1: Implementation Tips for the Study Abroad Administrator/Faculty Director.Appendix 2: My Contact Information Abroad.Appendix 3: Address Book.Appendix 4: Packing List.Appendix 5: Money Matters.Appendix 6: Taking Care of Personal Business.Appendix 7: Extracurricular Travel Plans.Appendix 8: Journal Pages.