Experiential Learning Opportunities: Removing Language Barriers and Maximizing Cultural Immersion

Experiential Learning Opportunities: Removing Language Barriers and Maximizing Cultural Immersion

Ping Yang (Western Sydney University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3814-1.ch009

Abstract

This chapter examines how international students use experiential learning to improve their Chinese language skills through cultural immersion in China. This experiential learning mobilizes them to practice their Chinese communication skills in authentic context and in real use. Furthermore, they immerse themselves in the cultural context, reflecting on language and cultural differences, appreciating cultural diversities, and improving communicative competence. Using a qualitative method, the researcher collected data from various sources about six international students from five countries. The subjects' real-life experiences mirror their daily activities. Using Nvivo 11 as a tool, the researcher critically analyzed data, categorized contents into emerging themes. The project outcomes are useful for international students currently studying in China to reflect on their past experiences and are also beneficial to those who want to join study abroad and mobility programs, better prepare themselves for language learning and cultural immersion in China in the future.
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Two key points are under review in this section to foreground the theoretical foundations on which the emerging themes to be discussed are analyzed and expounded. One is the theoretical framework of experiential learning and the other smart learner international mobility (SLIM) the research proposed.

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