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Research on American College Students' Overseas Internship Using Chinese as the Target Language
Winston Salem State University, USA
This research studies the half-year overseas internships of 11 American college students in the Chinese speaking community by analyzing their three internship reports written in Chinese. The data for the study were collected across five years. The students who participated in the overseas' internships are all double majors either in engineering or business, plus a B.A. degree in Chinese, and interned at five different representative professional settings, including university labs, joint-venture companies, a business and residential hotel, and a factory. The research employs the qualitative Narrative Analysis methodology to re-organize, summarize and analyze in-depth the students' internship reports in an attempt to understand and evaluate the impacts of long-term overseas internships on students’ language skills, professional experiences, and cross-cultural competence, as well as their self-growth. This study provides insights into preparing the young generation for the ever-changing world with language education, sheds light on the pedagogies of language cross-curriculum and teaching Chinese for specific purposes, and provides the data for setting up or evaluating a similar program if needed.
Overseas internship, language ability, professional experience, cross-cultural competence