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EEP - Workshop Discussion

  1. EEP Workshop discussions Image: Ellie Edwards (2012). Day of the Dead in Mexico. Modern Languages, University of Southampton.
  2. Cultural encounters, ethnography and the student researcher
  3. Initial discussion: • What counts as a ‘cultural encounter’ • Which would be the ‘ideal’ type of cultural encounter we’d like our students to experience? • And do they? In your experience, what challenges and/or opportunities do our students have abroad in this respect? • What can we understand by “culture shock”? What role (if any) does/would this play in understanding cultural exchange? Examples from the Langsnap data…
  4. The self, the other and space we share. Image: Juley Somougli (2014). Too Tall to be Mexican. Modern Languages, University of Southampton.
  5. From “cultural impressions” to Ethnography
  6. Share your views: • How can we ease the process of understanding concepts such as the “cultural-self”, “otherness”? • Is ethnography the alternative? Should we encourage ethnography? • How can we prepare students to take up the challenge of ethnographic research? • Are there other means to achieve ‘ethnographic’ understanding? • How do we support students in integrating research into their experiences while they are away? Examples from returning students…
  7. Achievements and challenges ahead Image: Juley Somougli (2014). Problem solving skills: My working space. Modern Languages, University of Southampton.
  8. The student researcher CONCLUSIONS.
  9. Connecting language acquisition and intercultural learning in the Year Abroad
  10. Questions to consider • How are the processes of language acquisition and intercultural learning related? • Do students who engage more in research during their Residence Abroad also show more improvement in their language skills? • How do we support students in developing language skills and intercultural learning while they are away? • How are these processes influenced by the transformation of the digital landscape and connections students may have before and after the residence abroad?