Reader's Forum: We’re going to Englishland! Class trips abroad at home

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Christopher Stillwell, Sojo University



A theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort may seem like a dubious choice for a university English class trip, but a bit of structure can make virtually any outing into an educationally worthwhile experience that promotes class bonding and provides contexts for learning new language and increasing fluency. This article will show how, drawing from the author’s experience organizing two kinds of park trips, one based on student-recorded (and later transcribed) conversations and the other on English-only scavenger hunts. Students’ perspectives on the trips and activities will be provided in the form of survey data and quotations from journals.