The transformation of “a frog in the well”

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This chapter explores the developmental trajectory of a Hong Kong Chinese university student who participated in a year-long exchange program in Canada. After Kingston (a pseudonym) returned home, he enrolled in <i>Intercultural Transitions</i>, an elective course designed to enhance and extend sojourn learning through guided, critical reflection. Kingston&#8217;s oral and written narratives provided a window into his second language learning, intercultural communication, cross-cultural adjustment, and evolving sense of self. Multiple sociocultural factors (e.g. host receptivity), personality attributes (e.g. ability to overcome psychological barriers, degree of ethnocentricism/reflexivity, willingness to try new things), and depth of investment in language and (inter)cultural enhancement impacted on his &#8220;whole person&#8221; development. The findings underscore the complexity of learning on stays abroad.


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