The Subjective Dimension
The essays in this volume explore the subjective dimension of intercultural language learning, ranging from theoretical considerations to empirical studies and providing stimulating insights into this important area of study.
Foreign Language Learning as Intercultural Experience: The Subjective Dimension
The study underpins the importance of cultural sensitivity and language proficiency in an increasingly globalised world. This paper aims to provide insights into how Middle Eastern students experience the stay abroad (SA) programme in Ireland. Data is presented from a group of students enrolled in a foundation programme in Ireland where the researchers look at the potential relationship between the students’ cultural experiences and the development of language proficiency in an immersion context.
The paper is divided into four main sections. The first section presents a brief summary of the main directions of research into linguistic gain and intercultural learning during the SA programme. The next two sections present preliminary data from the empirical study which is then discussed in the concluding section.
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