Engaging with Foreign Culture during a Study Tour: Taiwanese Learners' Perspectives

Dr. Shin Yu Miao,
Prof. Roger Harris,
Ms Linda Rainey
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A study tour with a structured program is one form of travel for education, which provides a chance for participants to explore a chosen site firsthand, and to experience an unfamiliar environment with qualified instruction. This paper analyses the cultural learning that occurred during a study tour to Adelaide, South Australia, by 16 students from Ling Tung College, Taiwan. During this period, the students were asked to write about their feelings, perceptions and experiences in journals. The analysis illustrates how the students viewed, talked about and attempted to make meaning of western culture. The findings will be used for developing cross-cultural teaching materials in Ling Tung College and may be of relevance for other similar Asian contexts of education.

Keywords: Study tour, Cultural learning
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Engaging with Foreign Culture during a Study Tour

Dr. Shin Yu Miao

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Humanity School, Ling Tung College

Shin-Yu Miao teaches English at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages of Ling Tung College, Taiwan. As part of her work, I lead study tours for the college students to English speaking countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia; she has now led 8 study tours to these destinations. Interested in the students' impressions during the study tours, currently shin yu has been promoted to the new position of associate professor after the study of PhD at the University of South Australia to write about the nature of the students' English language and cultural learning during the study tours.

Prof. Roger Harris

Director, Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia

Roger Harris is Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work at the University of South Australia. His research interests lie within adult and vocational education, focusing on Australian training reform in general and workplace learning and professional development in particular. He is an executive member of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association, and national editor of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

Ms Linda Rainey

Research assistant, Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia

Linda Rainey is a career counsellor, linguist and researcher working at the Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work at the University of South Australia on projects relating to career development within vocational education and training and higher education.

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