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In our investigations of the development of intercultural awareness during Periods of Residence Abroad (PRA), we have engaged in the following types of activity: -

Liaising with parallel Residence Abroad Matters (RAM) projects: LARA and RAPPORT
Regular communication channels to the Oxford Brookes LARA and the Portsmouth RAPPORT projects, also funded by hefce/fdtl, have helped enhance efficiency and avoid overlap.

Investigating UK universities’ PRA preparation and monitoring of undergraduate students for PRA
An ICP sub-project conducted by the University of Central Lancs. and St. Martin’s College, Lancaster has noted scale and types of current pedagogical activity with a view to identifying best practice. See also NRAD. In this context use and design of diaries was investigated in a University of Sheffield sub-project.

Devising, piloting and perfecting instruments for PRA data-gathering from u/g students
Instruments include questionnaires, diaries, interviews, intercultural incidents, interculture quizzes . See also ICP Outcomes

Gathering and banking PRA data from u/g students via application of the various instruments.
Over three years successive cohorts of different types of students at three institutions of varied character have enthusiastically supplied data on their PRA intercultural experience through the array of instruments.

Gathering and banking PRA data from PGCE/Maîtrise postgraduates at Homerton College
Data from future Modern Languages teachers experiencing their second (postgraduate) PRA, this time within a bi-nationally taught teaching diploma, is compared with u/g student intercultural experience.

Formatting the data via QSR*NUDIST and a taxonomy to create a PRA research data-bank
Detailed categories of experience have been identified and a typology established allowing the data to be systematically tagged via QSR*NUDIST creating a searchable archive for analytical purposes.

Analysing the data in order to extract significant patterns of information
QSR*NUDIST allows qualitative analysis of data concerning features of intercultural experience relating to inter alia: diet, dress, alcohol, gender, stress, work, study and language acquisition. See:
Workshop: Analysing cross-cultural encounter and developing intercultural competence, 26/2/99
Conference presentations and related publications

Devising teaching/learning instruments to be disseminated asdeliverables to UK higher education institutions
Materials may include, in internet or hardcopy form, a bibliography, condensed data-bank findings, formats for diaries, questionnaires, quizzes etc.

Exploring the data in the context of the theoretical background of intercultural pragmatics
Project staff have used the unfolding data to update the present state of knowledge of the evolution and problematics of cross-cultural experience within the context of the academic discipline. See:
Workhop: Analysing cross-cultural encounter and developing intercultural competence, 26/2/99
Conference presentations and related publications

Organising and/or participating in disseminatory workshops
RAM workshops have been regularly held at geographically-varied UK locations, including London, Salford, Bristol, Newcastle at which PRA matters were discussed and ICP work was described.
A new series of RAM dissemination workshops is planned for March - May 2000.

Writing and delivering academic papers with a view to publication
To keep at the cutting-edge of subject-knowledge and to disseminate scholarly material ICP staff have attended/given papers at conferences in Antwerp, Athens, Boulogne, Brussels, Cambridge, Lancaster, Leeds, London and Jyväskyla.

Creating the web-site you are currently exploring
Our ICP website will be regularly updated. You are invited to contact us by letter, e-mail, phone if you wish to request information or contribute to the PRA debate.

The Interculture Project, Lonsdale College,
Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YN
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