Evaluation of the Short-term International Language and Culture Exchange Program: A Qualitative Approach
Keywords:Program Evaluation, Exchange Program, English Language, Naturalistic Approach
The purposes of this study were to evaluate the short-term international language and culture exchange program for a month between Dali University, China and Burapha University, Thailand, and to provide recommendations for improving the program. Using a naturalistic approach, the setting involved purposive sampling that was used to identify 18 participants who had participated in the program. The experiences of Chinese students who joined the program were investigated using an in-depth semi-structured interview. The data were then classified into ten interrelated themes: (1) Life experience, (2) Learning experience, (3) Impression, (4) English communication, (5) Culture, (6) Problems, (7) Suggestion, (8) Reasons to join the program, (9) Benefits, and (10) Comparison. The results of this study showed the strengths and weaknesses of the present program. The program contributed substantively to the participants’ individual development and international understanding. The findings also discussed the Chinese students’ experiences of English communicative proficiency. The study recommended the need for increased accountability and commitment of those concerned at every level in each university and to pay more attention to the continuity and sustainability of the program.
Keywords : Program Evaluation, Exchange Program, English Language, Naturalistic Approach
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