November: Making the Most of Study Abroad

Terri Lee Nagahashi, Akita Prefectural University

Title: Making the Most of Study Abroad

Date: Saturday, November 16

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Place: Joinus

Summary: This presentation reports on an innovative faculty-led study abroad program.  The program wasdesigned to support the curricula of the Faculty of Bioresource Sciences at Akita Prefectural University andtook place in Oregon, USA during the summer of 2012. Results of the post-trip questionnaire suggest that this program produced multiple benefits including enhanced intercultural awareness, increased motivation for learning English, and improved research, writing and presentation skills. This presentation is intended for those who are interested in developing short-term study abroad programs and learning more about Oregon, USA. Key factors that promote successful short-term study abroad programs are discussed.

Bio: Terri Lee Nagahashi holds an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training (Vermont, USA). She has been teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) for over thirty years in the United States, Mexico, Sweden, and Japan. She is currently an Associate Pofessor at Akita Prefectural University (Akita campus). Her research focuses on pedagogies of engagement.

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