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This paper reviews the use of a Folder to document series of activities designed to enhance and maximize learning during a student exchange. Swiss high school students visited their American partners and conducted activities before, during and after the exchange. The Folder was a teacher-prepared booklet that engaged students in the four phases of Kolb’s (1984) Experiential Learning Cycle: experience, observation and reflection, abstract thinking and generalizing, and testing learned concepts. It also encouraged the Swiss students to ask questions of American host families and American students in order to learn more about American culture. The Folder made use of seven specific activities: brief writing activities, essays, collaborative tasks, cut and paste, free activity, comparing, and drawing and observation. The thesis presents examples of students’ comments for each activity, an evaluation of the use and limitations of the Folder as a learning tool, and suggestions for modifications of the Folder upon which the thesis is based.


Curriculum and Instruction | International and Comparative Education