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2017大三出國輔導通報系統 - 留學心得報告[編輯]
語言 405817049  陳品妤  留學學校:賓州印第安那大學

(一)基本資料

University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania / Location: Indiana county of PA/ Duration: Aug 24th , 2017- May 12th, 2018. I took the formal course for whole year in IUP. The first semester I selected about Japanese, Composition, Journalism and Global History and the second semester I chose included Introduction of Business, Geography, Language and Culture, and Introduction of theatre. These classes majorly took by freshman, and easily got high scores from me. (69字)

(二)課程學習

照片說明:He is my favorite professor

【照片說明:He is my favorite professor】

As far as I am concerned, “Language and Culture” this class is my favorite in IUP. It is belonged to anthropology department and not difficult for us. The major reason why I recommend the class that is about my kind instructor called Francis Allard. He was not like ordinary professors who taught materials and followed schedule step by step. On the contrary, he picked some interesting topic of textbook and with humor attitude to teach us through lecture. Sometimes, he would look upon his personal experience in life as an example to help us understand the concept of theory or hypothesis in language. The most special is that this professor is a French Canadian who can speak many languages such as English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Cantonese. When we discussed some certain issue which is associated with language, he would ask my opinion by Chinese and then we communicate with each other by a unfamiliar language for American students. It is difficult to describe this feeling about someone could understand my culture and identify. The main purpose of course is to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of Linguistic Anthropology. It covers a wide range of topics, including the nature, acquisition, biology and evolution of language, culture, thought and language; historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. I am really interested in chapters of the textbook, including it talked about how chimpanzee communicate with its partners by sign languages and even exchange with human beings. In addition, what is pidgin and creole that how two different groups spoken different languages to interact. Thanks to the class, I realize the relationship between language and culture is inseparable. In the world, there is a language extinction every two weeks. If we want to preserve any culture , we must prevent the language from extinct first. (300字)

(三)生活環境

照片說明:It is the wallwork hall

【照片說明:It is the wallwork hall】

I studied in Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which is not located in the big city and there are rare leisure activities around the campus. In other words, IUP is in the Indiana town that the air in there is fresh and clean without crowded people and traffic. It is a good environment to stay for those people who look forward to enjoy country quiet life. Before I went to IUP, I heard of there were the spectacular snow scene from December to April. I remembered that I was so excited when I saw snow falling at that time. Although the temperature of Indiana was lower than that of Taiwan, the former is classified to dry cold weather that would not make people feel uncomfortable. What is better, every dorm has hater to help us to overcome and spend chilly, long winter. In terms of geographic position, it is not convenient to go shopping or taste exotic cuisine. If you are tired of food in dining hall and desire Taiwanese cuisine, you could spend one and half-hour to Pittsburgh by a rental car which was managed by enterprise. In the same way, cooking by yourself is also a nice choice to change flavor of food. Taking the route 12 of bus, you will pass through Martin first that is a fresh market I often find some good ingredient there. After a while, the car would arrive Walmart, which is the biggest variety store in United States that you nearly can find everything you want there.(253字)

(四)自我成長

照片說明:with my host family

【照片說明:with my host family】

In fact, I didn’t encounter much troubles in my life at IUP ; nevertheless, at the beginning of the semester, it is a little bit hard for me to realize what professors talk about during the class, because my listening ability was too bad to follow professor’s speaking pacing at that time. Fortunately, in every class, I was not alone and someone were willing to instruct me. What’s more, in IUP, “ Skillzone ” is your best choice to require help no matter you are looking for free tutor or need someone to correct the grammar of project in writing center, you could enjoy yourself to make use of these free resource. Of course, library is your best friend to study in silent place that opened 24 hours when exam is coming soon. If you live in shared room, you will not worry roommate would bother you. On the other hand, in order to train my speaking ability and deeply recognize American life, I applied for a free program. I really appreciated IUP provides a good plan to match me with a local, farm family. They are big family have four cute kids. In every month, we would meet once time, including go their home to picnic or have fun in the farm. The most impressive thing that I was so lucky to saw a newborn calf when I went to their farm. It was really a cherish opportunity to know real farm life. For example, knowing how farmer to manage these cows and operate machine to feed them. For those people who have grown in city, it is definitely an amazing and special experience. (274字)

(五)大三出國建議

When you arrive in IUP, I recommend you should create an account of PNC and apply for debit card as soon as possible, which is a bank closed to campus. In addition, do not use the sim card, which was offered by IUP, and go to Walmart to utilize the AT&T’s sim card, because AT&T is much better than the free one. What’s more, if you don’t want to eat American style food for a whole year, you are not supposed to buy 14 meals a week. Although it is the cheapest one, I mostly left 7 or 8 meals and it is not really worth for that. Learning cooking and driving skills were indispensable before you came to IUP. Studying abroad was a difficult and precious experience, so do not just stay in dorm and get together with people spoken Chinese. More hanging out with international students and local students to explore you horizon with English. For instance, I strongly recommend the club called ISF, which is held in every Friday from 7-9pm. There are many international people share culture and exchange each other, sometimes we even played board game together in there. What’s more, joining a program named Conversation Partner that school would arrange specific local student to assist promoting English ability and you need to meet once a month at least. In conclusion, do your best to spend time on getting alone with foreigner in this year, and don’t neglect the academic performance at the same time. (255字)

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