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On the role of learning context in second language acquisition: Perspectives from Study Abroad research

Lecture, Research profile seminar

Guest lecture within the research area Languages and Learning, Department of Languages and Literatures. All interested are welcome!

Study abroad research has emerged as a burgeoning sub-field of Applied Linguistics where it offers wide-ranging insights into second language (L2) learners' experiences during a period of residence in the target language community, and also, in some cases, of non-language learners' experiences abroad. Indeed, such residence and study abroad has become increasingly popular among university students, but also at secondary level, reflecting the folk-belief that study abroad represents an ideal combination of instructed input in a classroom context and naturalistic input while abroad. Other perceived benefits go beyond the linguistic to extend to the personal, social, academic, professional and intercultural. From the perspective of Second Language Acquisition, study abroad holds strong interest in so far as it offers potentially significant insights into the role of learning context in a theory of second language acquisition.

Against this background, this paper will explore such a question by firstly presenting an overview of key findings from the study abroad literature through a threefold prism, exploring the relative benefits of study abroad compared to classroom learning at a linguistic level, input and interaction issues while abroad in terms of input engagement and the learner's ability to benefit from the potentially "massive" input available, and the role of individual and social factors at play. We will then focus more specifically on the nature of grammatical and sociolinguistic development while abroad by presenting longitudinal findings from a project on the acquisition of French. We will conclude with some theoretical considerations on the role of learning context in L2 learning and a roadmap of future research directions in this area.

Date: 3 September

Lecturer: Martin Howard, University College Cork, Ireland

Date: 9/3/2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Education, Research, Humanities

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Christina Lindqvist

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