FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: “From research to praxis: An intercultural approach to study abroad” by Prof. Jane Jackson, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
|27 Jan 2016|
Recent study abroad research challenges the ‘immersion myth’ and points to the need for interventions to optimize the potential of international educational experience. This presentation centers on a fully-online course that strives to deepen the language and intercultural learning of international exchange students from a Hong Kong university. With the support of a Teaching Development Grant, Intercultural communication and engagement abroad has been designed to propel the participants towards higher levels of intercultural competence and involvement in the host environment. At the heart of this initiative is guided critical reflection and meaning-making. As well as digesting readings, powerpoint presentations, and related YouTube links, the participants carry out fieldwork tasks, exchange ideas online, and write reflective essays. The weekly Forum encourages them to examine their own (and others’) international experience in relation to theories and models of adjustment, intercultural competence, and identity reconstruction. Drawing on the lessons learned from three offerings of the course, suggestions will be made to enhance the language and intercultural learning of university students, including those who remain on their home campus.
Jane Jackson (PhD, U of Toronto) is Professor in the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she received the University’s 2013 Education Award. Her research interests include intercultural communication, language and identity, and education abroad. With the support of competitive research grants, she has been investigating the language and (inter)cultural learning of international exchange students and designing research-inspired interventions to enhance education abroad learning. She has many publications in international, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Recent books include Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication (Routledge, 2014), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication (Routledge, 2012) (editor), Intercultural Journeys: From Study to Residence Abroad (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), and Language, Identity, and Study Abroad: Sociocultural Perspectives (Equinox, 2008). Professor Jackson is a board member of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (2015-19). She serves on the international advisory board of Language and Intercultural Communication, and the editorial boards of Study Abroad Research in SLA and International Education (Benjamins), the International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (Wiley-Blackwell), and the International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IGI Global).
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