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ERIC Number: EJ891448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
"Hindsight Is 20/20:" Student Perceptions of Language Learning and the Study Abroad Experience
Mendelson, Vija G.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v10 p43-63 Fall 2004
In this article, the author discusses the necessity of challenging the widely-held belief that students inevitably make second language progress through studying abroad. Through administering a series of pre- and post-tests, quantitative and qualitative, to students enrolled in three different programs of varying lengths in Spain, the author investigates whether students do as a matter of course take advantage of available opportunities to integrate into the host culture while they are abroad, and whether they do make "miraculous" progress in acquiring the target language. She relies significantly on student perceptions about their own language proficiency and documents patterns of student cultural contact in exploring a series of research questions, including the extent to which student language proficiency at the end of a program correlates with the amount of their out-of-class social contact, and how different types of out-of-class contact affect beginning and intermediate-level language learners. The findings are presented in relation to oral proficiency and self-evaluation, out-of-class contact, and students' perceptions and experiences. Recommendations and questions for further research are also presented. (Contains 4 tables and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain