WRITING CULTURE IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Published: 11 Aug 2016
Abstract: This study analyzes the cultural understanding of students after a two-week international fieldwork in Hawaii based on their notes regarding their experiences. Japanese college students visited museums, schools, and shops, as well as listened to presentations by local people. They took notes during the fieldwork, and then after returning to Japan, they wrote two sets of fieldnotes, analyzed them, and then wrote a paper on a topic of their choice in English. The author arranged the international fieldwork and accompanied the students in Hawaii, and then examined their fieldnotes. This report contains interpretations of how the students understood their experience. The students tended to show more interest in the familiar, particularly items or concepts that remind them of their home country. As they endeavored to understand their experience in a foreign language, they obtained a deeper understanding of culture while also drawing on what they already knew.
Keywords: culture, english language, hawaii, japanese college students, qualitative research, international fieldwork
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