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A module-based approach to foster and document the intercultural process before and during the residence abroad

Penman, C.; Ratz, S.



This article contributes to the debate on what form of preparation and support can enhance the intercultural student experience during the Year Abroad. It presents a credit-bearing and multi-modal module at a UK university designed to both prepare students prior to departure through a series of workshops and activities on an e-portfolio and help them engage in meta-reflection on intercultural issues during their stay. The presentation of the curricular components of the course and instances extracted from student blogs are contextualised within theoretical considerations on intercultural education and a holistic approach to student development. The longitudinal evolution of the module is presented in the context of an iterative approach leading to a cycle of revisions and amendments. With its pragmatic stance this article aims to address one of the concerns recently expressed about intercultural education, namely that although intercultural theories are suitably incorporated in the latest thinking on communicative competence, there is a lack of evidence-based practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 28, 2015
Publication Date Jan 2, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 3, 2016
Print ISSN 1467-5986
Electronic ISSN 1469-8439
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 49-61
Keywords Intercultural; e-portfolio; holistic; reiterative approach; study abroad
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