A Short-Term Study Abroad Program

An Intensive Linguistic and Cultural Experience on a Neighboring Pacific Island

Authored by: Diane de Saint-Léger , Kerry Mullan

The Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138192393
eBook ISBN: 9781315639970
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In 2015, the authors—two French teacher-researchers from two universities in Melbourne, Australia—ran an inaugural two-week intensive study abroad program to New Caledonia for 13 undergraduate students of French (average age 22) enrolled in their departments. The intensive in-country part of the program followed 10 hours of preparatory lectures and workshops, and two hours of general travel and cultural information. The aim of this program was to explore the unique historic, economic, political, and cultural aspects of this French territory through the exploration of language and culture.

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