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ERIC Number: EJ1176641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Contextual Factors in Second Language Learning in a Short-Term Study Abroad Programme in Australia
Conroy, Mark Andrew
Language Learning Journal, v46 n3 p311-328 2018
This study explored the experiences and language gains of Chinese-background English language learners living in homestays during a short-term study abroad (SA) programme in Australia. Forty-one learners took part in listening dictation pre- and post-tests to assess their acquisition of idiomatic phrasal verbs, and also completed weekly journals and diaries in which they reflected on their SA and homestay experiences. The journals and diaries were analysed to locate contextual factors which might explain individual learner's performances on the pre- and posts-tests. Most learners improved their ability to hear and transcribe the phrasal verbs, and the analysis of the journals and diaries identified several factors that appeared to contribute to the performance of the high and low achieving learners. The findings are discussed in terms of SA programmes and second language learning processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hong Kong
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