Enhancing Language Learning Abroad

Language learning abroad
Studying abroad is clearly beneficial for students in many ways, but for many study abroad goers, the primary reason for studying abroad is to learn a foreign language. The study abroad environment offers many opportunities for students to enhance their foreign language proficiency that are simply not available at home. The following is a list of ways students can maximize the study abroad environment in order to get the most linguistic experience out of their time abroad: Keep a word/p...
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Getting to know your host city: Practical considerations

When students (and faculty!) arrive to the study abroad host city for the first time, a bit of practical orientation is in order. Giving students the opportunity to explore and get to know the host city can keep them from getting lost on the way to class, direct their attention to parts of the city that are safe, and provide them with an overview of places they may want to revisit and explore in depth. Sometimes, hiring a tour guide to show students around the city is either impossible due t...
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Study Abroad Class Project: International Research Proposals

by Maria Rainier, First In Education It can be difficult to obtain the resources to fund serious undergraduate research, but proposals are great practice and can help students get excited about conducting their own research projects. To encourage the spirit of inquiry, the understanding of how much work goes into research, and the appreciation of international subjects, you can assign international research proposals as a project throughout your students’ study abroad experience. Dependin...
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3 Tips for Discouraging Excessive Student Drinking Abroad

by Angelita Williams, Online College Courses A recent study shows that American students who study abroad consume twice as much alcohol in their host country as they would at home. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. For one, America is alone in having a legal drinking age of 21, and a good portion of American students are under the legal drinking age when they set off on their study abroad adventure. Thus, alcohol is a novelty, and the "forbidden fruit" is finally available to them ...
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