Article Details

Article Details

Assessing the Work Placement Abroad

Author: Laurence Giraud-Johnstone
Publisher: SCILT
Date of Publication: 2012
Series Title: Scottish Languages Review
Notes: Isse 25

Key messages:

  • Students not only strengthen their speaking and listening skills whilst working abroad, but also gain enriched knowledge and understanding of how the foreign language as well as their mother tongue function. 
  • Improved language skills are linked with culture learning benefits and emotional benefits. Building up their language skills enables students to address the issue of social isolation; they can integrate better into another culture and interact with the locals. 
  • Use of the foreign language improves organisational and presentation skills.
  • The process of having experienced a new culture and gradually having adjusted to it gives students a better understanding of their own culture. 


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