Teaching for Understanding the Year Abroad: Thoughts on Fostering the Reflective Learner
Using data collected from student surveys, the author has outlined a program of study designed for students on the verge of embarking on study abroad, or year abroad, programs. The goal is to help students become more autonomous, self-reflective learners while abroad to increase the cultural and intercultural benefits of such study. Using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) framework and the concept of Intercultural Anchored Inquiry are helpful in fostering such learning.
Keywords: Year abroad, intercultural learning, reflective learners, foreign languages.