Exploring the potential of high school homestays as a context for local engagement and negotiation of difference Americans in China

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Abstract

This chapter examines the experiences of American high school students participating in a summer study and home stay program in China. Drawing on a corpus of qualitative interviews with high school participants and college-aged alumni, the authors examine how these students represent the extent to which their experience involved active engagement in communicative settings, including the negotiation of difference. The participants report having enjoyed many opportunities to become involved in routine family interactions while also encountering challenges to their common-sense understandings and values. The findings thus suggest that high school home stays may be quite different from those of the older students typically portrayed in the research literature on study abroad.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial and Cultural Aspects of Language Learning in Study Abroad
EditorsCeleste Kinginger
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages155-177
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789027271839
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLanguage Learning and Language Teaching
Volume37
ISSN (Print)1569-9471

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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