Study Abroad

Study Abroad : How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience

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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.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.68 x 7.62mm | 226.8g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130499978
  • 9780130499974
  • 2,146,926

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Written by a study abroad coordinator (Musky) and a faculty director from a foreign language department (Dowell), Study Abroad: How to Get the Most Out of Your Experience is designed to maximize the quality and impact of this unique experience!

Study Abroad encourages students to create a whole narrative from the fragments of the experience.

Features The text promotes self-directed, guided reflection. It is written in journal-style with space to write. A well-articulated journey helps students address key issues throughout the pre-, during, and post- study abroad experiences. Great activities focus on the same five themes during each stage of the experience to enhance continuity and growth. Interesting activities are included throughout the text. The completed book is a permanent record of the study abroad experience. Practical appendices include Packing List, Money Matters, and Taking Care of Personal Business.
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Table of contents

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.
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"By far the most exciting aspect of this book is that it provides an explicit mechanism for engaging students in the success of their own ventures overseas. It spells out for them what we educators think is , important, and hope they will accomplish, and, more important, it does this in a way that is not condescending and is unlikely to be off-putting to students." - William Cressey, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Council on International Educational Exchange
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