|Published online: June 23, 2015||$US5.00|
Study-abroad programs can enhance students’ acquisition of a foreign language, improve their knowledge of the host culture, and even transform their worldviews (Lewis and Niesenbaum 2005b). In this study, the author will report the participants’ expectations and conclusions based on a short-term study-abroad program at The University of British Columbia, located in Vancouver, Canada. The participants in this study consisted of twenty-nine students participating in a six-week study-abroad program provided by The Language Institute of Thammasat University, Thailand (2012). A questionnaire (Pre-survey) was used to survey the students’ expectations prior to their participation and the questionnaire (Post-survey) was launched again to survey their conclusions drawn from their actual experiences after the participation. The data from the survey, as well as an open-ended questionnaire were then analyzed. The study also revealed the benefits of participating in this short-term study-abroad program from the essay written by the students at the end of the program. It was shown that, on the whole, all of the participants were satisfied with their participation in the short-course study-abroad program. In addition, they believe that the program promote their self confidence in speaking English language, their language proficiency development and their cultural awareness.
|Keywords:||Short-term Study-abroad Program, Expectations and Conclusions, Benefits of Study Abroad|
The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 23, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.110KB)).
Instructor, Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand