American Association for Applied Linguists (AAAL) 2007 Conference
Costa Mesa, California
April 21-24, 2007
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Effects of Studying Abroad on Oral Proficiency and Intercultural Awareness
This paper reported the results of a study of the effects of studying abroad on the oral proficiency and intercultural awareness of learners of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish (N=968). The study also assessed the relationship between oral proficiency gain and different types of study abroad experiences.
Presenters included Margaret E. Malone
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hilton Costa Mesa: Emerald III
Spanish in the U.S. vs. Spanish Abroad: How Does Learning Context Affect Fluency?
Many U.S. university foreign language programs encourage students to study abroad to improve overall language skills. This study used qualitative and quantitative measures of fluency to analyze the pre- and post-test data of 10 study abroad and 10 at-home students of Spanish and explores fluency gains associated with each context.
Christina Cavella, Colleen Gallagher, Megan Montee, and Larry Thomas
3:55 pm - 4:25 pm
Hilton Costa Mesa: Laguna III
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