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Teaching beyond the Classroom: Business Internships in Latin America: Issues in Cross-Cultural Adjustment

Ann González
Hispania
Vol. 76, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 892-901
DOI: 10.2307/343927
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/343927
Page Count: 10
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Teaching beyond the Classroom: Business Internships in Latin America: Issues in Cross-Cultural Adjustment
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Abstract

This study attempts to identify the factors that intervene in successful and in frustrating cultural learning experiences in order to give us information on how to improve the management of cross-cultural internships and other similar experiences abroad. Emphasis is on four major areas: first, students' perception of their language ability on the job as well as in social spheres; second, students' living arrangements; third, their perception of their social interactions during the internship; and finally, their perception of their job performance. The study identifies the effect of culture shock during the internship experience and the degree to which an adequate or inadequate handling of culture shock facilitates or interferes with a student's perception of success abroad.

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