Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Honors Interdisclipinary

Advisor(s)

Chin Hong Wang

Lisa C. Schick

Stephanie Wasta

Abstract

The paper is a reflexive ethnography documenting the researcher’s change and growth “as a result of doing fieldwork” (Ellis, Adams, & Bochner, 2011, p. 278) in the United States of America, the Dominican Republic, and Spain. The purpose of this research is to examine and reflect on the researcher’s journey of acquiring language proficiency in Spanish, developing cultural competence, and navigating cross-cultural interactions. This paper also explores how readily students may be able to access language education in both the native and foreign realms and examines the emphasis placed on language education in each of the countries, as observed by the researcher. These concepts are explored in depth through a first-person auto-ethnographic style that highlights a personal narrative accompanied by analysis through the lenses of two specific theorists dealing with language acquisition and intercultural sensitivities and competencies.

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