Writing across Culture: An Introduction to Study Abroad and the Writing Process

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This book is about culture shock and the writing process. For an exchange student, the relationship between writing and the challenge of living in a foreign culture may not be obvious. The purpose of Writing Across Culture is to document and analyze the connection. If culture can be broadly defined as the unwritten rules of everyday life, one effective method for learning these rules is to write about them as they are discovered. In this way, it is possible to see writing as a tool for cultural inquiry and ...
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Overview

This book is about culture shock and the writing process. For an exchange student, the relationship between writing and the challenge of living in a foreign culture may not be obvious. The purpose of Writing Across Culture is to document and analyze the connection. If culture can be broadly defined as the unwritten rules of everyday life, one effective method for learning these rules is to write about them as they are discovered. In this way, it is possible to see writing as a tool for cultural inquiry and comprehension, and hence, an antidote for culture shock. This book encourages its readers to become writers engaged in a dialogue - between the individual and the new society - about everyday cultural differences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820419237
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
How to Use This Book
1 Culture Shock and the Intercultural Experience 1
Culture and Everyday Life 1
Culture Shock and the Mood Curve 6
Fear and Loathing in a Foreign Land 9
Comparing Cultures 12
2 Writing as a Mode to Learning Culture 23
Why Write? 23
Types of Writing 27
Viewing the Writing Process 33
3 Antidotes to Culture Shock: The Analytical Notebook 41
Why Keep an Analytical Notebook? 41
How to Begin Your Analytical Notebook 44
What Goes into an Analytical Notebook? 46
How to Get Started: Suggestions for Keeping a Notebook 48
Writing and Language Acquisition 55
4 Interpreting Culture: Sarah's Analytical Notebook 59
5 Researching Culture: Writing for an Academic Audience 107
The Analytical Notebook and the Research Process 109
Conducting Research 113
Examining the Essay Examination 119
Preparation for an Essay Examination 122
Structuring Essay Answers 123
6 Cultural Change and Personal Discovery 129
From the Culture of Narcissism to Personal Autonomy 129
How Do Study Abroad Students Change? 132
What You Wear and What You Eat 136
Gender Differences 139
The Process of Re-Entry: Culture Shock in Reverse 141
Concluding Words 146
Works Cited 147
Suggested Reading List 151
Index 153
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