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ERIC Number: EJ1214581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Linguistic Loneliness and Study Abroad
Slagter, Cynthia; Pyper, Marcie J.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v31 n1 p46-58 Apr 2019
This article considers the conflict between students' desire to improve their target language skills and their desire for belonging and community. The study, conducted over three years, examines student perceptions of barriers to target language gain during semester-long study abroad. Participants completed surveys, took the Versant Language Test before and after their study abroad experience, and participated in a post-program interview. Results suggest that students experience conflicting priorities in decisions governing native language versus target language use during study abroad. Although some persist in speaking the target language with their co-national peers, they find it unsatisfying because they are unable to meet their social needs. Valuing relationships over linguistic improvements, students resort to speaking their native language among themselves during study abroad. The researchers suggest strategies for how to best prepare students to reconcile these tensions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; Peru; Honduras