Engaging Study Abroad Students in Intercultural Learning Through Blogging and Ethnographic Interviews
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2012
© 2012 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 7–21, Spring 2012
How to Cite
Lee, L. (2012), Engaging Study Abroad Students in Intercultural Learning Through Blogging and Ethnographic Interviews. Foreign Language Annals, 45: 7–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2012.01164.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 26 SEP 2010
- ethnographic interviews;
- intercultural learning;
- study abroad
The study involved 16 American undergraduate students who used weekly blogs and conducted ethnographic interviews with native speakers to develop their intercultural competence over the course of one semester abroad. Selected blog entries, post-surveys, and final interviews were collected and analyzed to report the findings. The results show that blog tasks afforded additional opportunities for students to refl ect upon cross-cultural issues and exchange cultural perspectives with native informants. Blog entries indicate that students demonstrated various stages of intercultural competence from understanding cultural differences to demonstrating attitudes of openness and appreciation for the target culture. The study concludes that the accessibility to networking, the option of using the first language (L1) for self-refl ection, and effective strategies for interpersonal communication are essential to maximize the potential of blogs for intercultural learning.