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ERIC Number: EJ899299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Does Language Matter? The Impact of Language of Instruction on Study Abroad Outcomes
Norris, Emily Mohajeri; Steinberg, Michael
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v17 p107-131 Fall 2008
Study abroad is a holistic educational experience that affords participants opportunities to develop new academic interests, participate in academic internships, establish friendships with host country nationals, explore a new culture, expand their worldview and sense of self, as well as improve their target language skills. This article aims to demonstrate that the full range of study abroad language environment models all provide valuable experiences with lasting longitudinal benefits--some of which are common to all three models and others that are unique to each model. This article focuses on the outcomes of study abroad for three groups within an IES alumni survey: (1) participants of IES programs taught solely in the non-English host country language (L2); (2) participants of IES programs with courses taught in the L2, as well as in English (Mixed L1/L2); and (3) participants of IES programs taught exclusively in English (L1). This study presents and discusses the data in relation to the overall question: "Does the language of instruction affect the longitudinal outcomes of studying abroad?" Under this umbrella question, this article addresses five specific questions presented in the results section. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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