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ERIC Number: EJ1084534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Competing Priorities: Student Perceptions of Helps and Hindrances to Language Acquisition during Study Abroad
Pyper, Marcie J.; Slagter, Cynthia
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v26 p83-106 Fall 2015
This article reports on the results of undergraduate students that studied abroad (SA) and primary underlying factors behind their successful language study. The 189 participants were undergraduate students that studied abroad (Spain, Peru, and Honduras) in one of three advanced Spanish language semester-long programs through a Midwest four-year liberal arts college from spring 2011 through spring 2014. Each of the participants had completed at least one upper level course in Spanish prior to the semester abroad. In all three program locations students lived individually with local host families and enrolled in one or more classes with students from the home university, and most had at least one class with native students in the host university. The data collection tools included three components: a web-based survey (pre- and post-program), the Versant Spanish language test (pre- and post-program), and a post-program follow-up interview. Students acknowledged that successful interaction with native speakers required sustained personal effort. They also remarked about the value of intentional L2 communication with NNS peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras; Peru; Spain
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