Maximizing Experiential Learning Abroad
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The purpose of this study was to analyze how teachers can help their students experience another language and culture during experiential learning abroad. It provides instructors with sample activities to maximize student learning for intermediate-level French classes during an experiential learning trip of one month in France. The study highlights activities to be used not only during the trip, but before and after it as well: a pre-trip unit, an in-trip unit, and a post-trip unit. Using all three sections will maximize student learning. The study was guided by criteria drawn from the communicative approach as well as Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory and Kolb's Cycle of Learning. These criteria improve the effectiveness of language and culture teaching; the lesson plans and projects suggested in this study follow are inspired by these criteria. This ·study provides instructors with the tools to guide students during their learning and to make sure that students get the most out of their experience. As for the students, the activities will help to prepare them for situations they will face and help them to understand what they see, help them to maximize language and cultural learning in the target country and, make sure that the students process the newly acquired information.
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