Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context

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Barbara F. Freed
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 345 pages
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"Second Language Acquisition in a Study Abroad Context" brings together for the first time a series of studies which explore the relationship between language learning and the study abroad experience. Utilizing different research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, descriptive), the focus in this collection is on various aspects of second language learning, including the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence, the acquisition of fluency, the use of communicative strategies and the development of oral and written skills. The studies are cross-linguistic and deal with student populations at the secondary and college levels who spent between three months and one year in study abroad or exchange programs in Japan, Russia, Spain, Mexico, France or Canada.
 

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Contents

Language Learning and Study Abroad
3
II Predicting and Measuring Language Gains in Study Abroad Settings
35
Predictors of Foreign Language Gain During Study Abroad
37
Evaluating the Linguistic Impact of a ThreeMonth Stay in Quebec
67
III Comparison Studies
95
Getting Into Through and Out of a Survival Situation
97
What Makes Us Think that Students Who Study Abroad Become Fluent?
123
Language Learning in Training and in the Field
149
The Acquisition of Politeness Patterns by Exchange Students in Japan
197
Women learning Japanese in Japan
225
Effects of a Year Abroad on Second Language Learners of French
245
V Diary Studies
269
Stories from the Field
271
Folklinguistic Theories of Language Learning
293
Student Reactions in Context
317
Index
335

Report on a Case Study of an Intensive Japanese Course
171
IV Sociolinguistic Studies
195

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