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Kanwit, Matthew; Elias, Vanessa; Clay, Rebecca – Foreign Language Annals, 2018
Research on nativelike variation in second language (L2) systems indicates that learners studying abroad may adapt to regional norms as they build sociolinguistic competence (e.g., Kanwit & Solon, 2013; Salgado-Robles, 2014). Spanish exhibits variation between the intensifiers "muy" [very] and "bien" [very] across numerous…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Baker-Smemoe, Wendy; Dewey, Dan P.; Bown, Jennifer; Martinsen, Rob A. – Foreign Language Annals, 2014
Second language (L2) gains during study abroad have been related to several variables including length of stay (Llanes, 2011), language use (Martinsen, Baker, Dewey, Bown, & Johnson, 2010), and social network development (Isabelli-García, 2006), among others. However, most studies have investigated only a few predictors in single study abroad…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Achievement Gains, Language Proficiency
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Reynolds-Case, Anne – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
The effect of studying abroad on students' language production has been extensively researched. However, a question that has not been addressed is whether study abroad programs lasting six weeks or less offer sufficient time and contact for students to demonstrate measurable development in their command of the language. The current investigation…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Surveys
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Cubillos, Jorge H.; Ilvento, Thomas – Foreign Language Annals, 2012
This article reports the findings of an investigation into the impact of study abroad experiences on self-efficacy perceptions among foreign language (FL) learners. Thirty-nine American college students taking part in both short-term and semester-long academic programs in France and Spain completed self-efficacy surveys at the beginning and at the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad
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Knouse, Stephanie M. – Foreign Language Annals, 2012
This exploratory study investigates the incorporation of dialectal variants in second language (L2) pronunciation and how the learning context intersects with this acquisition. Specifically, this research examines to what extent L2 learners of Spanish acquire the regional phoneme /[theta]/ from north-central Spain in both study abroad (SA) and…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Native Speakers, Foreign Countries, Phonemes
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Lee, Lina – Foreign Language Annals, 2012
The study involved 16 American undergraduate students who used weekly blogs and conducted ethnographic interviews with native speakers to develop their intercultural competence over the course of one semester abroad. Selected blog entries, post-surveys, and final interviews were collected and analyzed to report the findings. The results show that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Web Sites, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication
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Knight, Susan M.; Schmidt-Rinehart, Barbara C. – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
This study investigates the role of task-based learning in the study abroad experience in order to enhance interaction with the host family. Tasks were incorporated into a Family Interaction Journal and implemented under four evolving, though different, conditions over a 5-year period. The conditions were: (1) home campus administered/student…
Descriptors: Interaction, Study Abroad, Interpersonal Relationship, Journal Writing
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Shively, Rachel L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
With its focus on the use of language forms in cultural context, the study of pragmatics can be a valuable component in a program that prepares students to learn both language and culture in study abroad. The goal of the present study is to propose a model for pragmatic instruction in study abroad that fosters both intercultural competence and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Ethnography, Language Skills, Cultural Context
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Bataller, Rebeca – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
This study addresses the development of the request strategies used in two service encounter scenarios by 31 nonnative speakers of Spanish spending 4 months living and studying in Valencia, Spain. The main method of data collection was an open role-play in which participants interacted with a Spanish native speaker. Results show that while there…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Foreign Countries, Native Speakers, English (Second Language)
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Isabelli-Garcia, Christina – Foreign Language Annals, 2010
The goal of this study is to describe the acquisition rate for gender acquisition in Spanish and to show whether individual variability and language contact may affect this rate. The participants were intermediate second language Spanish (first language English) learners in the study abroad and at-home contexts over a 4-month period. The…
Descriptors: Nouns, Social Behavior, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar
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Elola, Idoia; Oskoz, Ana – Foreign Language Annals, 2008
An essential instructional goal in foreign language education is the enhancement of students' intercultural competence. This article reports on a study that examined how intercultural competence developed between study abroad and at home students (in Spain and the United States, respectively) who used blogs as a mediating tool over the course of a…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Second Language Learning, Guidelines
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Zapata, Gabriela C.; Lacorte, Manel – Foreign Language Annals, 2007
This article describes the first part of a study that explores the metaphorical language used by 64 second language (L2) Spanish and English as a foreign language (EFL) pre- and inservice teaching assistants and instructors in their conceptualization of L2 teachers and students. The article investigates the philosophical perspective embedded in…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Figurative Language, Teaching Assistants, Preservice Teachers
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Garcia, Ana M. Brenes – Foreign Language Annals, 2000
Illustrates how short contemporary texts dealing with social, historical, cultural, or political issues can be applied to the development of business language proficiency and cross-cultural awareness within an international business curriculum. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Masgoret, Anne-Marie; Bernaus, Merce; Gardner, Robert C. – Foreign Language Annals, 2000
Investigated British university students who worked as English monitors in an "Enjoy English" program in Spain. Assessed the monitors attitudes toward Spain, the Spanish people, motivation to learn Spanish, adjustment to Spanish culture, self-ratings of Spanish proficiency, and supervisors ratings of their personalities and success as…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Bacon, Susan M. – Foreign Language Annals, 1995
This article describes using dialog journals as part of a teaching-methods course in a summer program in Spain. Participants were teachers of Spanish with a range of experience and language proficiency. (JL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Dialog Journals, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education
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