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Our original concept
The PIC Project was originally conceived by staff at Lancaster University in the Department of European Languages and Cultures (DELC) and Linguistics and English Language (LAEL). The project derived from
The Interculture Project's main aims were to develop a closer understanding of the year abroad experience and to produce teaching materials designed to enhance students' learning outcomes. It involved more than 150 students who spent the year abroad in five different European countries and it gathered a wide range of data in the form of questionnaire responses, focus groups, diaries and interviews.
The project highlighted one aspect of the year abroad experience which particularly concerned the students - their relationship with the staff of the schools where they were employed.
Research into this relationship and its wider significance for the study has been the focus of the PIC Project.