Language learning in the study abroad context: Variables that affect development


In the field of second language acquisition, study abroad is commonly thought to be one of the most effective ways to supplement in-class instruction. Study abroad programs can foster global citizenship, provide high-impact practices of experiential learning, and help to meet the Modern Language Association’s call for transcultural and translingual competence. In reality, however, students often experience difficulty establishing contact with native speakers, thus limiting access to opportunities for input and interaction. In this talk, we discuss commonly held views of students’ language-learning success abroad and then explore the variables that affect language development during in these contexts.


Applied Linguistics | First and Second Language Acquisition | Spanish Linguistics

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