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作者:刘梅华著

出版社:清华大学出版社

出版时间:2016-06-01

书籍编号:30305645

ISBN:9787302414117

正文语种:英文

字数:74

版次:1

所属分类:外语学习-其他语种

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Preface


Since I finished my Ph.D study in Applied English Linguistics in 2005, I have been broadly conducting research on second/foreign language teaching and learning, with an enormous focus on individual difference such as language anxiety and motivation.Yet most of my studies have been put more focus on second/foreign language teaching and learning in the motherland.


As international education becomes a trend in the world and more institutions of higher education become internationalized during the past couple of years, Chinese students have the opportunities and take the initiative to study abroad by participating in international exchange programs.Concurrently, I became interested in the issue of those students’ life abroad.This interest transformed into research practice when I was invited by my Ph.D supervisor, professor Jane Jackson at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to co-investigate the project “Assessing the L2 and intercultural learning of semester-long exchange students from CUHK and Tsinghua University”funded by the Direct Grant from CUHK (2011-2012).Largely thanks to her, I became a practical researcher on the issue of abroad/international education.


Most people instinctively assume that it is better and easier to learn a foreign language and its culture in the native language environment.It is to some extent true.However, for an international exchange student who only has the chance to stay abroad for half to one year, what can be the most appropriate way to get better prepared for the short-period language study while struggling with culture shock, getting adjusted to the strange environment and trying to meet other learning targets at the same time?What are the variables which most affect the foreign language study in an international exchange scenario?In what way can exchange students be more effective with their learning of the target language and culture and make the sojourn a more fruitful stay?How to help them make better use of their time abroad?These were the questions which pushed me to conduct studies on study abroad and write this book.I endeavored to give answers to these questions through this book, yet after completion, I’m fully aware I can only shed some light on it due to the broadness of the issue and the variables.I will be content if this book can attract more attention to studies of this issue and can be of some help to prospective exchange students as well as their teachers and home universities.


This book reports on the results of one of the few studies that have investigated sojourners from China who spent varying lengths of time abroad on exchange programs.Via triangulated methods, the research examined the impact of university students’ exchange experience on their whole-person development, centering on the following issues concerning the sojourners:


(1) their aims and expectations of their study abroad;


(2) the changes in their academic and linguistic competence before and after their sojourn abroad;


(3) the changes in their intercultural communication competence before and after their sojourn abroad;


(4) the changes in their self-identity before and after their sojourn abroad;


(5) the changes in their self-development before and after their sojourn.


It is hoped that the findings can shed some light on the variability that has been observed in previous research and will inspire more research on the issue in Mainland China or even other Asian contexts.


Finally, I would like to thank all the participants in the research, without whom this book would have been impossible.My deep gratitude also goes to Professor Jackson and my family who guided, encouraged and supported me through the research and ultimately made this book a reality.Meanwhile, I feel so indebted to Lady Yan HAI at a guaranty company in Beijing and Professor Ning DU at Beijing Union University whose sincere friendship and support have always been a great comfort to me.I also need to thank Tsinghua University, my employer, who generously funded the research and made it possible for the book to be published.

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Since 2004, European universities have been encouraged to develop the internationalization of their study programs through the European excellence program, Erasmus Mundus.Erasmus Mundus is the joint EU (European Union) action program for improving the quality of university education and promoting intercultural understanding through cooperation with countries outside the EU.The program aims at establishing common master study programs, courses and doctoral programs with foreign partner universities.With the consolidation of the Erasmus program in Europe, stays abroad (SA) as contexts of language acquisition have become increasingly prominent in European tertiary education (Trenchs-Parera, 2009).It is similar in North America, where SA programs are now on the rise.For example, in Canada, 93% of all post-secondary institu

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