Adopt a Class: Engagement and Reflection During the Year Abroad

  • Elizabeth A. AndersenEmail author
  • Sophie Stewart


This chapter is a case study of three students of modern languages from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities who spent their year abroad, respectively, as an ERASMUS student in Paris, an intern in Berlin, and a teaching assistant in Réunion. They participated in the Adopt a Class project run by Routes into Languages, a project that aims to stimulate and foster interest in languages among secondary school pupils with the students functioning as second language Ideal Self role models. Contact with the adopted class, for an average of one semester, was by email, blog, videoconference, and post. Within the context of research into self-organised learning environments, the chapter explores the extent to which the participation of the students in the Adopt a Class project enhanced their own self-reflection and intercultural learning as well as their professional and personal development.


Year abroad Self-organised learning environments L2 ideal self Intercultural knowledge and expertise Higher education Secondary education 


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  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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