Noor Hanim Rahmat, Nur Anisah Tan Abdullah, Kozue Kashiwazaki


Global learning is concerned with exploring interconnections between people and places around the world. Through adopting a global learning approach, learners were given the opportunity to critically examine their own values and attitudes. They also learn to appreciate the similarities between peoples everywhere. The students value diversity; yet, at the same time understand the global context of their local lives. In order to support global learning, some universities introduce summer programmes in the form of edutourism to learners around the world. The main objective of this study is to explore the influence of edutourism on learners from visiting countries. Specifically, this study investigates how learners are influenced by the authenticity of the language activities. Next, this study also looks into how context influences students’ perception of the language activities. Finally, this study is done to find out the students’ perception on their cultural experience. This pilot study employs a qualitative approach. The research randomly analysed the open-ended responses of 5 male and 5 female Japanese students who took part in a 5-week summer programme in a public university in Malaysia. Findings of this study bear interesting implications in the planning of future edutorism programmes for overseas students both to the host and receiving countries.


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