ABSTRACT Although the value of culture is generally recognized, it is difficult to “teach“; it must be experienced. Students can be prepared for such an experience. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a three-year-old school with an interdisciplinary academic plan, has made culture part of its curriculum. Students are required to take one semester of work preparing them for the cross-cultural experience. The actual experience is offered in the next semester.
One option is a one-month field trip to Europe under the supervision of an instructor familiar with the culture and language. A knowledge of the language on the part of the student is optional. The goal is a better understanding of one's own culture and an acquaintance with a foreign culture. The cross-cultural experience has been found to be a strong motivating force for language study.