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Best Practices for Planning, Developing, and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Language-Based Study Abroad Programs
Study Abroad: Traditions, Directions, and Innovations. New York: Modern Language Association. (2019)
  • Chad M. Gasta
Abstract
Forthcoming, Study Abroad: Traditions, Directions, and Innovations.New York: Modern Language Association. 

This essay will provide a road map for planning and developing interdisciplinary language-based study abroad programs while also offering advice on how to sustain them over time. The advice provided by the articles is drawn from my own experience over 16 years directing the “ISU on the Mediterranean – Summer in Valencia, Spain,” that teaches beginning through advanced Spanish as well as courses in English in engineering, management, marketing, and the biological sciences (field work and lab work). This distinctive approach yields arguably the largest language-based (and language department sponsored) study abroad program in the United States with as many as 105 students participating in program in 2017.  As part of this study, I also provide statistical research from ten years of program evaluations to demonstrate increases in students’ language learning, cultural awareness, and skills related to confidence and critical thinking which ultimately will prepare students for the global workforce.
Keywords
  • Study abroad,
  • international engagement
Publication Date
Spring May 1, 2019
Citation Information
Chad M. Gasta. "Best Practices for Planning, Developing, and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Language-Based Study Abroad Programs" Study Abroad: Traditions, Directions, and Innovations. New York: Modern Language Association. (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chad_gasta/27/